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Search State Correctional Institution Huntingdon Records Online

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State Correctional Institution Huntingdon
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The State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon was created by an act of the General Assembly on June 12, 1878. A group of commissioners appointed for the purpose of selecting a proper site decided on the present location along the Juniata River. The original tract of ground contained 39 acres and several springs. The land for SCI Huntingdon was purchased at a cost of $22,036. In 1888, R. W. McClaughry was named as the first General Superintendent to direct the new reformatory for delinquents too young for a penitentiary and too old for a juvenile institution. The Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon received its first inmates in 1889. Two additional cellblocks were added in the 1930s. In 1945, the institution was officially declared the Pennsylvania Institution for Defective Delinquents. Inmates were labeled by the courts as mentally defective with criminal tendencies. In 1960, SCI Huntingdon made its final change to a maximum security, adult male state correctional institution. SCI Huntingdon is Pennsylvania’s oldest State Correctional Institution in continuous operation, opening its gates in 1889. Originally intended to reform and educate young male offenders, inmates were schooled in the trades which included, painting, plumbing, carpentry and cabinet making, electrical, masonry (stone and brick) a foundry, blacksmith shop, lime kiln, brick ovens, saw mill, lumber kiln and planing mill. The farm operation supplied meats, dairy, poultry and vegetables for the kitchen. Electricity generated in the power plant and water supplied by springs on the property made the Institution almost totally independent from the outside world. Number of Acres Inside the Perimeter: 10 Number of Acres Outside the Perimeter: 300 Number of Operational Structures: 76 Number of Housing Units: 14 Special Features: Special Needs Unit and Modular Housing Units
1100 Pike Street
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(814) 643-2400
1100 Pike Street, 16654-1112, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania