Somerset County Jail Information
Somerset County Jail | E Main St | Somerset, PA 15501 | (814) 445-1500
SCI Somerset is the medium security institution for inmates in PA. This facility opened in 1993 and is off of the PA Turnpike Exit 110. One of 26 correctional institutions, Somerset is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections which is accredited by the ACA: American Correctional Association.
Visitation is an integral part of an inmates incarceration and is limited to set hours and days. The SCI Somerset has set aside Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for inmate visitation. Visitors must arrive within the hours of 8:30am-3:30pm on these days with no person being admitted past 2:30. In addition to these hours, if you happen to be visiting between 1:45-2:15 then you will have to remain in the visiting room while shift change is performed.
With visitation, there are also certain rules and guidelines that must be followed. These rules are for the safety of all inmates, visitor, staff and officers. Below is a list of the requirements for visiting an inmate.
- No persons under the age of 18 is allowed to visit an inmate. If they do desire to visit, they must first obtain a written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
- Additionally, once they have obtained permission they still must be accompanied by an adult over 21.
- Inmates are limited to a maximum of 5 visitors at a time, and 5 visitors a month.
- There is limited physical contact permitted in visitation. The only contact will be a kiss and embrace as you meet and depart, hand holding and one arm around the shoulder. There will be no sitting on laps, lounging or other contact permitted during visitation.
- There is to be no interaction between an inmate and a person that is not in the visitor area.
- Visitor lists are to be confidential. No person is allowed to have knowledge of this list besides the inmates themselves.
- Visitors are only allowed to enter visitation with the jewelry they have on, loose change, and money in the amount of $1 and $5.
- There is to be no drugs, weapons of any sort, alcoholic drinks, or narcotics anywhere inside or out of SCI Somerset. Anyone who is caught bringing these items in, or having it on themselves, will be banned from all state institutions and will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest.
- Upon entering this institution, everyone is required to sign in and out every visit. In addition to this the make, color, license number and model of your vehicle must be registered each time.
- Any person visiting needs to have the inmates name and number ready for location, and are advised to arrive early so that the inmate can be located in a reasonable amount of time.
- All visiting persons must be on an approved list.
- When visiting, you understand that you, your vehicle, and any belongings are subject to random inspections for the safety of the inmates, visitors and staff. This is able to be performed before, during, or after the visit and if you do not consent to a requested search, you will be detained until police arrive and banned from further visitation.
- All visits are based on a first come, first serve rule and may be limited to an hour. Due to overcrowding, you might be asked to leave early. Again, this is due to safety issues and will vary each visit.
- Visitors who bring a small child in are able to bring a pacifier and thin blanket. You are allowed to bring this baby a clear bottle with formula or milk, as well as 2 diapers and 2 unopened jars of baby food.
- All children must be supervised by visitor and failing to do this will resulting you being asked to leave.
- Any money for inmates need to be mailed to the institution or electronically credited to their account.
- There will be no cash or personal checks allowed at the visitations.
- All visitors need to behave themselves and be mindful of other visitors and inmates.
SCI Somerset requires that all persons entering understand and respect the rules and regulations that are in place. These are for your safety among others and should be followed no matter what.
Those sentenced by the court and who have outstanding behavior may receive clearances for the Work Release or Community Service programs. They care for outside grounds, lawn maintenance and the facility composter in the summer. In the winter there is snow plowing and shoveling work and also year round maintenance of other County properties. The Inmate Worker Program is a positive step toward inmates taking responsibility for their own rehabilitation.