SCI Smithfield

SCI Smithfield is a state prison for male inmates located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. It is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and houses approximately 1,400 inmates.

Construction of SCI Smithfield was completed in 1988.  The original design capacity of SCI Smithfield was originally for 492 inmates (A-G Blocks, RHU, and Medical cells).  H Block was constructed in 1991 which added 66 (51 double cells and 15 single cells) additional cells.  

I Block was added in 1994 which added 144 cells/264 beds (120 double cells and 24 single cells).  K Block was opened in 2010, which added 127 cells. J block, consisting of 13 cells, houses inmates involved in the Behavior Management Unit program.

All housing units (except for I Block, as it was built with both single and double bunks) were originally constructed as single-cell housing units; however, additional beds were added over the years to all units thus increasing capacity.  At this time, the optimum bed capacity is 1,361, and the maximum bed capacity is 1,380.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Days/Times at SCI Smithfield:

Monday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 8:15 am to 3:15 pm
Tuesday | Wednesday: CLOSED

MAX Number of Visitors per Inmate: five (includes children)

No cash permitted in the visiting room.

Vending Machine: You can purchase a vending card in the lobby through a kiosk. The kiosk only accepts $5, $10 and $20. There is a one-time fee of $3 for the card. The card does not expire.

Food/snacks/beverages range from $1-6. Photos are $3 each. 

Max limit on vending card: $75

Please allow for no less than a one-hour visit. Visitors should arrive no less than TWO HOURS prior to closing of the visiting room.

Visiting Rules

  • 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

Video visitation is a free service being offered to inmates and authorized visitors, 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.

Physical Address

SCI Smithfield
1120 Pike Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(814) 643-6520

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

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

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at SCI Smithfield 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. 

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)

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

Academic Education:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • General Education Development
  • Commonwealth Secondary Diploma (CSD)
  • Pathway to Success
  • Money Smart
  • Business Occupations

Vocational Programs:

  • Building Trades
  • CDLs
  • Custodial Maintenance
  • Barber Manager Program
  • Centralized Inmate Programs:
  • Athletic/Leisure Community-Oriented Programs
  • Geriatric Services
  • HIV Support Group
  • Supplementary Education

Social Services Programs:

  • Batterers Intervention
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment
  • Violence Prevention
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Parenting
  • Institutional Orientation Group
  • Long-Term Offenders Group
  • Sex Offenders Group
  • Special Needs Medication Compliance
  • Special Needs Unit Adjustment Group
  • Special Needs Unit
  • Act 143, Victim Awareness
  • Secure Residential Treatment Unit
  • Puppy Program
  • Impact of Crime
  • AOD Co-Occurring Outpatient Program
  • Behavior Management Unit (BMU) Co-Occurring Disorders Group
  • Juvenile Lifer Support Groups
  • Seek Safety
  • LGBT Alliance Group

Correctional Industries Program:

In January 1994, SCI Smithfield opened a garment factory plant.  The plant manufactures inmate corduroy winter coats and lightweight jackets, tradesmen’s and culinary department winter coats and boxers.  The plant employs an estimated 50 inmates at full production.

Puppy Program:

SCI Smithfield has a puppy program in conjunction with the Canine Partners for Life.   Inmates at SCI Smithfield spend one year with puppies and teach them basic commands prior to the dogs going back to Canine Partners for Life where the dogs get specialized training to become service dogs for various special needs. 

Community Work Program:

Samples of work include painting, mulching, brush control, general labor, roof repair, interior renovations, concrete work, etc.

Pictures of SCI Smithfield

Careers at SCI Smithfield

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