Visiting room is open Monday-Friday -- 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To be eligible to visit an inmate, an individual must be on the inmate's approved visiting list. In addition, the visitor will be asked for identification for signature comparison. No more than five people (including children) may visit an inmate at any given time.
The number of visits each inmate is permitted is equal to the number of Sundays in the month. Level 2 inmates are permitted one additional visit per month. A Visitor may visit on sequential days with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, due to overcrowding on these days. Contact visits, including appropriate visits in the infirmary, will be at least one hour in length. Longer visits will be permitted depending on available space and staff. Non-contact visits will be one hour in length Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for inmates in the Restricted Housing Unit.
Heavy demand for weekend/holiday visits may require a limited schedule for these visits. If this becomes necessary, a schedule will be posted and made available for visitors.
Visiting in the patio area adjacent to the Visiting Room is permitted at the Shift Commander's discretion contingent upon personnel available and weather conditions.
Inmates and visitors are responsible to help keep the visiting facility clean and in good condition. Containers for refuse are provided. Small children must be kept under control and not permitted to disrupt other visits.
Embracing is permitted at the beginning and end of each visit. Inmates may hold small children (ages 5 years and under) during the visit.
NO objects will be exchanged between visitor and inmate without advance written approval of the Superintendent or his designee. Any item changing hands without authorization is contraband, and both inmate and visitor may be subject to disciplinary action. Inmates are not permitted to handle or possess money for any reason.
Under extraordinary circumstances, exceptions to these rules may be made, with the approval of either the Deputy Superintendent or the Shift Commander.
General visiting information:
All visitors must be on the approved visiting list. 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. It may take time to notify an individual inmate for a visit, so please be patient.
Have proper identification with you, either one photo ID or two non-photo Id's. Acceptable forms of photo identification include any one of the following: driver's license; military, bank, employee or school ID; passport; citizenship or naturalization card; Liquor Control Board or Commonwealth non-driver ID card. Any two of the following are acceptable non-photo ID: voter's registration card, Medicare card, learner's permit or temporary driver's license, vehicle registration, birth certificate, school identification, immunization record, or a Social Security card. Identification beyond the expiration date will not be acceptable. You will not be permitted to visit without proper identification.
Please be sure to sign in upon your arrival. If you travel by private vehicle, you will be asked to register the year, make, model and license number of your vehicle.
ALL visitors and vehicles are subject to search upon entering the institution, while at the institution and before leaving the institution. 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 or upon leaving the institution, you may be detained until the appropriate law enforcement authorities arrive.
Cameras, tape recorders, radios, chewing gum, tobacco products and handbags are not permitted in the visiting area.
Visits are a minimum of one hour in length; however, this may be increased depending upon the number of visits scheduled for that day.
Inmates placed in disciplinary custody status will have their visiting privileges restricted as to time, days of the week and location. Inmates in the Restricted Housing Unit are not permitted visits on weekends and holidays, unless prior arrangements are approved through the Superintendent or his designee.
Please use good judgment and discretion in dress and behavior so as not to embarrass others in the visiting room. Keep children under control. Failure to do so may result in early termination of your visit.
Ex-offenders must have prior written approval from the Superintendent to visit any inmate.
Do not bring any kind of gift to the institution. Remember, inmates are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area.
Food may not be taken into the institution. Sandwiches, candy and soft drinks may be purchased and consumed in the visiting room area. Smoking is prohibited throughout the Visiting Area.
Any visitor appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will not be permitted to enter the institution.
All inmates are informed of changes that may occur in visiting regulations. It is the responsibility of each inmate to inform his visitor of these changes.
Please remember that any violation of visiting regulations may result in the suspension of visiting privileges.
Directions to SCI Coal Township :
When traveling North on Route 61, after driving through Shamokin, turn Right at traffic light at Hospital Road.
When traveling South on Route 61, while approaching Shamokin, turn Left at traffic light at Hospital Road.
Proceed on Hospital Road for approximately ¼ of a mile. Turn Right at 2nd stop sign, after cossing bridge.
Preceed approximately ¼ mile. Turn Right at the signs for SCI Coal Township and follow the road to the top of the hill.