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8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Due to the time required to prepare a visit and avoid conflict with institution programs and scheduling, visiting registrations will not be accepted after 3:00 PM.

General Rules:

Any individual, who appears to be under the influence of alcohol, or controlled substance, or smelling of alcohol upon arrival, will not be permitted to enter the institution.

Upon arrival to the lobby, please check in with the Lobby Officer. One form of photo identification is required at SCI Greene and may be: a drivers license or other photo identification which contains the visitors current home address and date of birth. Please contact the institution for other acceptable forms of identification for adults. All minor-aged visitors must have a form of identification either a birth certificate or Social Security card. No visit will be permitted without proper identification.

Please be advised, all visitors are subject to security search prior to entering the institution and upon departure. Visitors must pass a metal detector in three (3) attempts. Failure to do so prohibits you from having a contact visit. It is advised that visitors do not wear any clothing, which may contain metal or has metal on the outside of a garment. On random occasions and in addition to metal detection search, a visitor may be required to pass a drug itemizer (drug detection device). If you refuse to be searched before entering the institution, your visiting privileges may be denied. If you refuse to be searched while in the institution, you may be detained until appropriate law enforcement authorities have been contacted and arrive.

It is recommended that you arrive as early in the day as possible so that proper arrangements can be made in time for your visit. Your patience is appreciated.

All visitors must be on the inmates approved visiting list. This includes all minor-aged children. Visitors under 18 years of age may only visit when accompanied by an adult, who must also be on the inmates approved visiting list. Please note: it is the inmates responsibility to request additions to or deletions from his approved visiting list.

Per Department of Corrections policy, the following categories of individuals will generally be prohibited from visiting inmates:

a. former inmates of any correctional system;

b. any person who is currently under parole or probation supervision;

c. any current inmate in pre-release status;

d. any Department of Corrections employee;

e. any current, active Volunteer for the Department of Corrections;

f. any current or former contract employee;

g. any victim of the inmate.

Based on legitimate reasons, exceptions to these restrictions shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and/or designee upon written request and subsequent approval in advance to the intended visit.

Do not bring any kind of gift to SCI Greene. Remember, inmates are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area.

The Lobby area and all visiting areas are non-smoking. No tobacco products shall be permitted beyond the lobby area.

All inmates are informed of changes to visiting regulations. It is the responsibility of each inmate to inform his visitors of any changes.

Please remember, any violation of visiting regulations may result in the suspension of visiting privileges.

Any visitor, who is caught trying to introduce or who introduces drugs or contraband into SCI Greene, is permanently banned from visiting any Department of Corrections facility and shall be detained until proper law enforcement is summoned and have arrived at the facility to investigate for possible prosecution.

Rules for Visiting General Population Inmates:

Please note: effective January 20, 2001, the general population visiting room shall be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Therefore, general population visiting is available Thursday through Monday.

General population inmates are permitted one (1) visit per week. A week shall begin Sunday and end on the following Saturday. Only two (2) visits each month are permitted on a weekend day. Approval for special visits must be made in advance through the Superintendents Office.

The length of visit shall be no less than one (1) hour in duration. Longer periods may be allowed depending upon the inmates custody level and the availability of space.

Five (5) visitors per inmate are permitted at one time, exclusive of children under the age of 12. More visitors per inmate are permitted depending on space availability.

Cameras, tape recorders, radio, drugs, alcohol, weapons, food, sunglasses, wallets, cigarettes, lighters, gum, hats, hooded garments, coats, pagers, handbags, and car keys are not permitted in the visiting area.

A maximum of $20 is permitted to be taken into the visiting room. Nothing larger than a $5-bill (only coin change and one- and five-dollar bills) is permitted in the visiting area. The money will be placed in a clear, plastic bag at the Lobby Officers desk, and the plastic bags must be returned to the Lobby Officer prior to exiting the institution. All other monies must be kept in the visitors vehicle or placed in a visitor locker in the lobby area. Neither SCI Greene nor the Department of Corrections is responsible for the safeguard of money for visitors.

Items permitted to be brought into the institution for infants are limited to: three (3) plastic baby bottles of pre-mixed formula or white milk, three (3) jars of baby food, one (1) plastic spoon, three (3) diapers, one (1) baby blanket, and ten (10) baby wipes.

SCI Greene provides vending machine for food items, candy, and soft drinks to be consumed during a visit. Inmates are not permitted in the vending area. Food and soft drinks are not permitted in the childrens play area.

During contact visits, an inmate and his visitor(s) may embrace upon meeting and when leaving the visiting area. Small children may sit on the inmate’s lap. SCI Greene provides a childrens play area for visitors 12 years of age or younger. Please keep your children under control. Failure to do so may result in early termination of your visit.

Rules for Visiting Administrative and Disciplinary Custody Inmates:

All visits are non-contact.

Inmates in Administrative or Disciplinary Custody status do not have the same visiting privileges as general population inmates. Please review the following differences:

Administrative Custody Inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit (lasting at least one hour) per week. Visits are permitted Monday through Friday. No weekend, holiday, or extended visiting hours are permitted.

Disciplinary Custody Inmates are permitted a maximum of one (1) non-contact, one-hour visit per month. Visits shall be with immediate family only and are permitted Monday through Friday. No weekend, holiday, or extended visiting hours are permitted. Visits are restricted to a maximum of one (1) hour in duration.

Capital Case Inmate visiting privileges are as follows:

Phase I inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit per week. Visits shall be a minimum of one (1) hour duration and a maximum of two (2) hours. Extended visits may be approved based on availability of space in the non-contact visiting area. The length of an extended visit must be pre-approved by appropriate institutional staff.

Phase II inmates are permitted non-contact visits with their legal counsel of record, spiritual advisor, and immediate family.

Special Management Unit Inmate visiting privileges are as follows:

Phase 5 inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit per month with immediate family only.

Phase 4 inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit per week and a maximum of two (2) weekend or holiday visits.

Phase 3 inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit per week and a maximum of two (2) weekend or holiday visits per month.

Phase 2 inmates are permitted one (1) non-contact visit per week and a maximum of three (3) weekend or holiday visits per month.

Phase 1 inmates are permitted the same number of visits as general population inmates; however, the visits are non-contact.

Directions to SCI Greene:

Take Route 79 South to Exit 14 (Waynesburg). At the stop sign, make a left onto Pennsylvania Route 21. At the first traffic light, make a left onto Progress Drive.

Virtual Visitation

Virtual Visition is a joint program between the Pennsyvlania Department of Corrections and The Pennsylvania Prison Society. The program allows participating inmates, placed far from home, to interact via video converencing with their families who reside in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

The Virtual Visitation Program for inmate families is operated from The Pennsylvania Prison Society offices, located at 2000 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

SCI Greene recommends that inmate families contact The Pennsylvania Prison Society to get more information about the program and to schedule a virtual visitation with a participating inmate housed at this facility. The telephone number for the Program Coordinator at The Pennsylvania Prison Society is 215-564-4775, extension 103.

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