Groundbreaking for SCI Somerset began in September 1991 as part of an administrative initiative to increase cell space and to ease overcrowding in the PA correctional system. Gov. Robert P. Casey officially dedicated SCI Somerset on April 13, 1993. Initial construction appropriation was $82.2 million. An additional $10 million was allocated for the construction of two housing units in 1997.

The institution is located in Somerset County. The facility was part of an overall plan to add some 10,000 cells to the correctional system statewide. The institution is situated on approximately 300 acres of land, with 63 acres situated inside a double 14-foot fence. Inside the fence are six L-3 housing units with a capacity of 128 cells each, two housing units of custody L-4 design with 128 cells each, one L-2 housing unit, one L-5 unit, twelve infirmary beds, 2 isolation cells, 4 psychiatric observation cells, an education/activities complex, a maintenance/ industries complex, a dietary complex, and laundry facilities.

Facility Information

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 63

Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 300

Number of Housing Units: 10

Average Number of Full-Time Employees: 652

Inmate Information

Inmate PopulationCurrent Inmate Population

PA Correctional Industries: SCI Somerset has a PCI laundry shop that employs 99 inmates.

Community Work Program: The SCI Somerset CWP crew serves in the community by mowing, painting and performing general clean up. It also is used to set up for local community functions and pick up trash.

Reentry Service Office: In order to ease a reentrant’s transition after release and improve community reintegration, the Reentry Service Offices (RSOs) are designed to provide information and services to inmates who are within 18 months to their minimum and/or release date. Reentry Parole Agents (RPAs) oversee the RSOs and work with other DOC staff members to facilitate various workshops including Life Skills, Budgeting, Digital Literacy — among many others. The RSO utilizes its computer lab to assist reentrants with resume writing, job searches, as well as providing community connections for services they may need upon release.

Academic Education

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Special Education Services
  • Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD)
  • GED
  • Inside Out College Course

Vocational Programs

  • CORE
  • HVAC
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • OSHA
  • Flagger
  • Your Role in the Green Environment

Inmate Programs

  • Pathway to Success
  • Money Smart
  • Read to Your Child
  • Victim Awareness
  • ULG – Literacy Group
  • Sexual Offender
  • Inside Out Dads
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Violence Prevention
  • Back on Track inside
  • Parenting
  • Long Term Offenders
  • Certified Peer Specialists
  • Canine Partners for Life

Facility Address

1590 Walters Mill Road
Somerset, PA 15510-0001
(814) 443-8100

Inmate Mail Address

Smart Communications/PADOC
Inmate Name/Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733


Superintendent: Ken Hollibaugh

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Alfred "Sam" Taylor

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: Dan Caro

Business Manager: Gina Hinebaugh

Superintendent's Assistant: Christie Schenck