SCI Albion

The State Correctional Institution at Albion was built by a cooperative effort between state and county governments, in which the Erie County Prison Authority built the prison on a fast-track basis to accommodate quick expansion of the system.  

This prison is one of five prototypical state prisons dedicated in 1993. This facility is a mixed-custody facility that is located in Albion, Pennsylvania. It features 10 housing units, consisting of both cells and dorm-style housing.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Days/Times at SCI Albion:

CLOSED the first Thursday of every month
Monday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday | Wednesday: CLOSED

MAX Number of Visitors per Inmate: 5 adults | 5 children
Vending Machine: Cash is not allowed in the visiting room. Visitors may purchase a vending card in the administration lobby via an AVI kiosk. The machine will accept cash only. NO credit or debit card purchases. A $5 bill is required for the initial purchase. 

There will be a one-time fee of $2 for each card purchased, and the card is reloadable. This will allow an increase of the balance to be made in the lobby upon entrance/exit of the facility. There is a $50 card limit. Visitors will not be permitted to exit the visiting room to replenish the card balance. SCI Albion cards cannot be used in other SCIs. A visitor may purchase refreshments for inmates from the vending machines in the visiting room. Inmates may not possess a vending card for the machines.

Photo Vending Machine: Visiting room photos are available using the Photo Vending Machine. All pictures will be held by the Visiting Room Officer until the end of the visit. Only the visitor may be given the pictures; inmates are not allowed to take them.

Visiting Rules

  • Vehicles must be locked while on prison property. Windows must be rolled up/closed. All equipment must be secured in or on your vehicle (such as ladders, tool boxes).
  • NEVER bring any gifts or money for the inmate. This must be done through JPay. Prisons will NOT accept money to be placed on an inmate’s account.
  • Cell phones and/or pagers are not permitted inside the SCIs. They must be properly secured in your locked vehicle prior to entering the SCI.
  • Any kind of device, whether worn or hand held, that has the capability of audio and/or video/photography recording and/or cell phone capabilities is NOT permitted. This could include, but is not limited to, eye glasses, tie tacks, lapel pins, wrist watches, pens, etc.
  • No purses, bags, diaper bags, etc., are permitted.
  • Due to space restrictions, visits may be terminated on a first in, first out basis, to make room for visitors that may be waiting.
  • Visiting room officers may assign specific seating locations for visitors and inmates, especially for those who are suspected of or have displayed problems with obeying procedures.
  • Unused visits per week may not be carried over into the following week. It’s a, “use them or lose them,” rule.
  • At most facilities, lockers are available for use. Some lockers may require a deposit ranging from 25 cents to $10. Items not permitted in the visiting room should either be left in your vehicle or placed in the locker. All vehicles and lockers are subject to search.

Video Visitation

Virtual visitation is available at SCI Albion and is limited to persons living in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. The program uses video conferencing technology to enhance parenting skills; allows an inmate to visit with immediate family members, caregivers of the inmate’s children, and other individuals on the inmate’s approved visiting list; increases the frequency of visits for an inmate; and permits the scheduling of visits at times that are best for the visitors. 

Every inmate in general population status, regardless of his custody level, is eligible. Inmates housed in administrative and disciplinary custody are not permitted to participate in the Virtual Visitation Program.

To sign up and schedule a visit, check out the visitation scheduler system.

For complete details, read the Video Visitation Visitors Guide.

Video Visit Hours: 9 a.m.-8:45 p.m., 7 days a week

Physical Address

SCI Albion
10745 Route 18
Albion, PA 16475-0001

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(814) 756-5778

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

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

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at SCI Albion can’t receive incoming phone calls, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Pennsylvania, please click here.

How to Send Money

The Department of Corrections (DOC) uses JPay for the processing of ALL MONEY ORDERS sent to inmates in all Pennsylvania correctional institutions, and all online and over-the-phone credit card transactions.

Family and friends must deposit money into an inmate's account through JPay, either online or through lobby kiosks at each individual state prison. 

DO NOT send money to any other individual, website, or Email account. Money orders are NOT accepted at any state correctional institutions.

For JPay information, call 800.574.5729

JPay Frequently Asked Questions Information Sheet (pdf)

Money Orders

A Deposit Slip MUST be filled out and submitted with EVERY money order. Slips are available at the money order section of the JPay website, visiting rooms and the DOC's website.


DEPOSIT SLIP (pdf) (Spanish)

ALL money order deposit slips MUST have the following information CLEARLY TYPED in order for the funds to be posted to the inmate account: Handwritten forms are subject to delay.

• Correct inmate ID #
• Inmate name
• Sender’s name and address

Programs For Inmates

Academic and Vocational Education:

  • Academic Education through GED level
  • Vocational Education:  Business Practices, Computer Technology, Custodial Maintenance, Warehouse/Material Handling
  • Your Role in Green Environment
  • All vocational classes except computer technology offer industry-recognized certifications specific to the trade skills taught in the program.

Inmate Programs:

  • Family/Relationship Self
  • Inside Out Dads
  • Hospice
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reading to your Children
  • Long Term Offenders
  • Inside-Out Program
  • Youth Mentoring League
  • Transgender Support Group
  • LGBT Support Group
  • Certified Peer Specialist Program

Sex Offenders:

  • Sex Offender Moderate-High Intensity
  • Offender Low Intensity
  • Special Needs Sex Offender Booster Program
  • Sex Offender Aftercare


  • Transitional Housing Unit 
  • Pre-Vocational Skills Class
  • Back on Track Inside
  • MoneySmart Program
  • Mental Health Aftercare Planning Seminar
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
  • Co-Occurring Therapeutic Community 
  • Outpatient Therapy Group
  • Co-Occurring Outpatient
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • AA/NA/SMART Recovery Support Meetings

Offense Related:

  • Impact of Crime
  • Seeking Out Safety 
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Act 143 Victim Awareness
  • Violence Prevention
  • Batterer’s Intervention
  • Juvenile Lifers Program

Mental Health Programs:

  • MH Education
  • MH Management
  • MH Peer Group
  • MH Community Re-Entry Group
  • Co-Occuring Outpatient 
  • MH Support Group for Recent Psychiatric Commitment Returns
  • Emotional Balance
  • House of Healing
  • Health Psychology

RTU Groups:

  • Horton Group
  • Life Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Current Affairs
  • Parenting

Correctional Industries:  The Correctional Industries Commissary Distribution Center began operation in November 2010, and services seven assigned state prisons by providing bagged inmate commissary services. The Commissary Distribution Center processes, packs and ships orders to their assigned prisons and employs 80 inmates.

Community Work Program: The Community Work Program had a total of 5,789 hours of community work in 2018 for an estimated savings to the community of $145,000.

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Careers at SCI Albion

If you are interested in a career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, you can find out more information about available jobs at SCI Albion by clicking here.