SCI Phoenix is a 3,830-bed facility situated on the property of SCI Graterford in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. This state-of-the-art facility was designed to replace the aging SCI Graterford, which was built in 1929.
SCI Phoenix’s unique model consists of two prototypical correctional facilities featuring one shared Administration/Support Building. Both East and West sides of SCI Phoenix have a Program Services Building, CI shops, Commissary, Property, and Maintenance.
SCI Phoenix also features a 192-bed Female Transition Unit (FTU), which is located outside the perimeter of SCI Phoenix. This unit will focus on reentry and family reunification.
An offering of treatment, educational, vocational and recreational programs is available to the inmate population, as well as numerous specialty units which include a Secure Residential Treatment Unit, Residential Treatment Unit, a Therapeutic Community, a Transitional Housing Unit, Veteran’s Service Unit, a Special Assessment Unit, a Special Observation Unit and a Diversionary Treatment Unit.
This facility features a total of 15 housing units within the perimeter with a bed capacity of 282 in each.
- Eight Housing Units on the West
- Seven Housing Units on the East
East primarily houses parole violators, new receptions; West houses general population inmates.
There are Four Security Level 5 Housing Units (2 on each side), with each housing 182 inmates. This facility also features an Outside Service Unit (OSU) built in 2002 that houses 145 inmates.
Capital Unit (EAST)
- Includes 96-cell unit
- Over 1/3 of state’s capital cases are from Philadelphia
- Moving capital cases closer to Philadelphia will reduce court related costs/escorts
Female Transitional Unit
- First of its kind in PA
- Bed capacity of 192
- On property, but not inside perimeter
- Nearly 1/3 the state's female inmates are from Philadelphia and surrounding counties
- Focuses on reentry and reunification with family
- Inmates are closer to home to enable reconnecting with family prior to release
Currently there are two state prisons housing female offenders — SCI Muncy and SCI Cambridge Springs.
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Visiting Hours and Rules
Visiting Days/Times at SCI Phoenix:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday: 8:30 am to 3 pm
Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 8:30 am to 3 pm AND 6 to 9 pm
MAX Number of Visitors per Inmate: Five
Vending Machine: Vending Card (no cash allowed inside the visiting room)
- Vehicles must be locked while on prison property. Windows must be rolled up/closed.
- 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.
- No cell phones.
- Any kind of device that has the capability of audio and/or video/photography recording and/or cell phone capabilities is NOT permitted.
- No purses, bags, diaper bags, etc.
- 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.
Visitors with infants
If you have a baby as a part of your visiting group, you may take these items into the visiting room:
- Up to three UNOPENED, commercially prepared and vacuum-sealed containers of baby food per infant. All containers will be opened by the inspecting officers.
- Up to three clear plastic bottles of pre-mixed formula/white milk per infant.
- Up to three diapers per infant. Diapers must be loose so they can be inspected.
- Up to three pull-ups or training pants per infant.
- A reasonable number of wipes.
Video visitation is a free service and all inmates are eligible to participate. To sign up and schedule a visit, check out the visitation scheduler system. For complete details, read the Video Visitation Visitors Guide.
1200 Mokychic Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426
Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/oqmESApGPM3At9DD6
General Phone Number
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
Inmate Name, Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733
How to Call an Inmate
Inmates at SCI Phoenix 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 to send money to inmates in all Pennsylvania correctional institutions. Family and friends must deposit money into an inmate's account through JPay, either online or through lobby kiosks at each individual state prison.
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)
DEPOSIT SLIP (pdf) (Spanish)
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
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)
Programs For Inmates
Non-denominational chapel providing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islam, Seventh Day Adventist, Christian Scientist, Jehovah Witness, Episcopalian, and Native American Services
More than 30 classrooms for vocational and educational:
- Barber shop
- Mural Arts Program
- Adult Basic Education
- Barbering School, Custodial Maintenance, International Computer Driving License, Carpentry, Restaurant Professions & Serv Safe, Warehouse Operations, Pre Vocational, and Money Smart.
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Dual Diagnosis Groups
- Relapse Prevention
- AA and NA Support Meetings
- Violence Prevention
- Sex Offender Treatment
- Victim Awareness
- Impact of Crime
- Laundry (WEST)
- Garment Factory (EAST)
- Shoe Factory (EAST)
Pictures of SCI Phoenix
Careers at SCI Phoenix
If you are interested in a career with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, you can find out more information about available jobs at SCI Phoenix by clicking here.