Pennsylvania Visitation, Prison Phones, Packages & MailTopics / Information relating to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and local / county Jail visitation, phone calls, mail, inmate care packages, etc.
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., including holidays. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Visitors who arrive after 3 p.m. will not be admitted. Visits may be terminated earlier than 3:30 p.m. depending on the number of inmates who received visits. When this becomes necessary, visits will be terminated in the order of arrival.
Each inmate is authorized two visits per week, one of which may be on the designated weekend. Visitors attempting to visit after the two visits have been received will not be authorized. Inmates are expected to arrange their visits so that excess visitors are not disappointed.
Each inmate is allowed only one visit per weekend on alternate weekends. The schedule is based on the inmate's Department of Corrections institutional number.
Visits for inmates in disciplinary or administrative custody status will be provided in a separate area for security purposes. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend and holiday visits are not permitted. Administrative custody: Visits are limited to one hour per week with immediate family only. A maximum of two immediate family members are permitted. Disciplinary custody: Visits are limited to a one-hour visit per month with immediate family members only. A maximum of two immediate family members are permitted.
Visitors must be 18 years or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless an underage visiting permission form is on file. The only exception to this is wives. All adult visitors must have positive identification which includes date of birth. Visitors must have one of the following photo ID: driver's license, photo welfare card, military ID, bank card, employee ID, school ID, passport, citizenship or naturalization card, Pennsylvania Commonwealth non-driver ID; or two of the following non-photo ID: voter registration card, medical card, learner's permit, temporary driver's license, birth certificate, vehicle registration, school ID or Social Security card. One of the non-photo ID cards must show date of birth and current address.
The number of adult visitors on any given visit is limited to five. The number of children visitors on any given visit is limited to five.
Every opportunity will be given for a full visit, but a visit may be limited for the following reasons: (1) visitor does not comply with visiting regulations; (2) overcrowded conditions (visiting room capacity has been established as 100 visitors and inmates); (3) unexpected situation or problems arise warranting the termination of the visit necessary for everyone concerned.
SCI Albion has the right to assign specific seating locations for visitors and inmates, and the Visiting Room Officer will assign specific seating assignments to those inmates and visitors who are suspected of or have displayed problems with obeying the procedures.
Fondling and indiscreet contact is not permitted. Kissing and embracing is permitted only when the visitors and inmate meet at the beginning of a visit and just prior to terminating a visit. At no time will inappropriate and unbecoming displays of affection by personal contact be permitted. Such violations will be cause for termination of the visit and disciplinary action taken against the concerned inmate. Violations of the personal contact regulations may be cause for the removal of a particular visitor from the inmate's approved visiting list.
Visitors will dress appropriately and avoid clothing styles that are suggestive. See-through garments and garments that expose private parts of the body will not be permitted to be worn in the Visiting Room. Excessively provocative attire is reason to deny and/or preclude visiting. A visit may be terminated in order to maintain good taste and consideration to others. Visitors will not be permitted to wear shorts or miniskirts which are shorter than 4 inches above the middle of the kneecap. Visitors are not permitted to take coats, jackets (including denim), or other outer garments (excluding suit coats, sports jackets/blazers and/or cardigan type sweaters), used for protection from the elements, to the seating area of the visiting room or outdoor visiting area. All such garments must be secured in a locker in the facility lobby area.
Visitors who appear to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics, or who display inappropriate behavior, shall not be permitted to visit or remain on the institution's grounds.
No loud, boisterous talk or profane language will be allowed inside the Visiting Room.
Each inmate having a visit must assume reasonable responsible for his visitor's proper conduct during the visit.
Children should be controlled to the extent of consideration for other visiting groups and not be permitted to wander from the immediate areas, run about the visiting room or create noise that disturbs other visits. Failure to control children will result in the termination of the visit. A children's play area has been designated for your children's use. Please ensure they treat toys with care and return the items to their proper location after use. Children should be monitored closely when entering or exiting mechanical doors.
Visitors must leave the institution grounds once the visit has been completed.
The Visiting Room Officer, in agreement with the shift commander/shift lieutenant, shall terminate a visit upon determining that a visitor is in possession of, or is passing or attempting to pass contraband, or is engaging in any conduct or behavior which poses a threat to the orderly or secure running of the institution.
Inmates leaving for, or returning from, furlough will not be permitted to have visits or photos in the visiting room with the individuals responsible for their return.
The exchange of any item during the visit is strictly prohibited unless specific permission is received from the visiting room officer. Smoking is not permitted on visits.
Falsification of identification by impersonating an authorized visitor shall disqualify the approved visitor from future visits and may be considered an attempt by the inmate to circumvent visiting privileges. You will be subject to disciplinary action if investigation reveals that you knowingly conspired with a visitor to circumvent regulations.
A visitor may purchase refreshments from the vending machines in the visiting room for an inmate.
Former inmates and parolees of SCI Albion and other institutions must receive prior approval and written consent of the Superintendent and parole authorities to visit inmates at SCI Albion.
The maximum length of any visit will be determined by the degree to which the visiting room is being utilized by the inmates and visitors. The minimum length of any visit is one hour, although an attempt will be made to permit a minimum of two hours for any visit. Visiting volume on any given day will ultimately dictate if the latter is feasible.
Studies reveal that weekend visiting traffic is usually heavy; therefore, visiting room officers are delegated the authority to terminate a visit in order to make room for other visitors waiting outside when overcrowding conditions prevail.
Physical contact is limited to holding hands during the visiting period. There will be no sitting on laps, except in the case of children. A short kiss "hello" and a short kiss "goodbye" are permitted. There will be no long or passionate kissing or petting permitted.
Visitors are permitted to visit only one inmate at a time.
Alcoholic beverages, narcotics, drugs, cameras and tape recorders are not permitted anywhere on the grounds or inside the facility.
Any inmate who is found guilty of a misconduct for dealing, using or possessing illegal drugs will be prohibited from having contact visits for the following time periods: 1st offense 180 days; 2nd offense 360 days; 3rd offense permanent.
Visitors may bring the following items into the visiting room: wallet, small change purse, reasonable amount of money, car keys, identification cards. Spiritual advisors may also bring in religious materials. A changing table for babies is available in the female rest room.
Visitors may bring baby food in the original unopened jars into the visiting room. Officers will open all vacuum sealed containers to ensure the jars have not previously been opened. Visitors may take up to 3 bottles into the visiting area. The bottles must be made of clear plastic and contain pre-mixed formula or white milk.
Visitors may take up to 3 diapers into the visiting area. The diapers must be loose, not boxed. Visitors may use only a clear plastic bag to carry the above items into the visiting area.
Directions to SCI Albion
Heading north on Route 79, take the Edinboro Exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Route 6 North. At the only traffic light in the town of Albion, turn left onto Route 18 South. The Institution is approx. 1 mile ahead on your left.
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