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In-Person Visitation to Resume at Fayette, Camp Hill State Correctional Institutions


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel announced today that the department's final two facilities – SCI Fayette and SCI Camp Hill – have finalized plans to reimplement in-person visitation. 

FacilityStart Date
SCI FayetteAugust 6, 2021
SCI Camp Hill (Permanent Population)August 9, 2021

In-person visitation is permitted for the permanent prison population only. SCI Camp Hill serves as the DOC's diagnostic and classification center. Video visitation remains available for incarcerated individuals awaiting classification. 

Visitors are reminded that visits must be scheduled online at least three days in advance. To comply with reduced visiting room capacity limits, visitors who arrive at a facility without an appointment will be turned away. Available visitation timeslots are determined by each facility, based on an inmate's housing location within the prison. Each visit will be least one hour in duration. No-cost video visits remain an option for people to connect with incarcerated loved ones. 

Information on scheduling an in-person or video visit and the reopening of DOC facilities is available at Visitors may begin scheduling in-person visits via the inmate visitation system seven days before the start date. Dates are subject to change.

Established visiting rules remain in effect. Visitors are also required to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature screening. All inmates and visitors ages 2 and older are issued a disposable facemask, which must be worn for the duration of the visit. Visiting rooms have been configured in a way that allows for social distancing between each visiting group. Visits can be cancelled by the facility if the rules are not followed. 

On-site visits to DOC facilities were suspended on March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the impact of COVID-19 within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Previous Reopening Announcements

May 19, 2021: SCI Laurel Highlands, SCI Waymart, SCI Muncy, SCI Cambridge Springs, Quehanna Boot Camp

June 14, 2021: SCI Chester, SCI Dallas, SCI Houtzdale

June 17, 2021: SCI Forest, SCI Albion, SCI Phoenix

June 30, 2021: SCI Smithfield (permanent population), SCI Somerset, SCI Frackville, SCI Mercer

July 12, 2021: SCI Mahanoy, SCI Rockview, SCI Huntingdon

July 19, 2021: SCI Coal Township, SCI Benner Township, SCI Pine Grove, SCI Greene

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