Jail and Inmate Search in Pennsylvania
The current inmate population for Pennsylvania is 48,438. 45,582 are male and the rest female. 47% of Pennsylvania inmates are Black, 42% are White, 10% are Hispanic, and the remaining 1% is other races. The average age of someone incarcerated in Pennsylvania is 39 years old. 31.1% are high-risk for re-offending after release. 43% are in treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. 31.8% are in programs for mental illness. The average educational level for inmates in Pennsylvania is 8th grade. The majority of inmates are currently serving 2-5 year sentences, and 15.1% are there because they violated their parole.
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What are Pennsylvania Jail Records?
Pennsylvania Jail records are the documents and files that follow an inmate through the legal process all the way through parole. Each inmate is assigned an ID number, and that identifier is how the court, prison and jail records are kept together. Administration updates jail records every time something new occurs. Some files are updated daily and are available to the general public. All Pennsylvania jail records are maintained in an online system and accessible to all agencies of law enforcement to keep things straight. An example of a jail record might be an arrest warrant, a RAP sheet or a form permitting someone to move to another facility.
How to Search for Inmates in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections offers a very versatile inmate locator that you can use to find someone in a jail or prison. You can search by their inmate number, name, county, date of birth, gender, race, location or citizenship. You can even sort the search results. Once you see a list of inmates, you can click on each one to see more details like a mug shot, aliases, age, date of birth, race, gender, height, citizenship, complexion and current location. It also shows when the record was last updated. You may also choose to use a third-party online search tool to find someone in prison.
Creating Public Jail Records
Pennsylvania creates jail records for each inmate within their correctional system. Paperwork is generated with each new charge, sentence, court appearance, or move to a new facility. Just about everything that occurs in the inmate’s life is documented and kept in a vast database online and shared amongst all law enforcement. When managing so many inmates, this system of jail records is critical to maintain it all and keep track of each prisoner, their whereabouts, particular details about their status and everything else to keep them safe and secure.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Pennsylvania Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Pennsylvania prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 49,244, that saw a 1.2% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 5.8% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 46,381 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
|Number of Male Prisoners||Number of Female Prisoners|
|Change in Number of Male Prisoners||Change in Number of Female Prisoners|
The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Pennsylvania is 49,244 inmates, that is 7.1% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Pennsylvania was in 2013, when the number of prisoners was 51,422 inmates.
Pennsylvania Parole Population
Pennsylvania parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 112,351 people, 1097 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 1 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -1.1%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Pennsylvania
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
|Type of Parole Entry||Number of Parolees|
|Term of supervised release:||0|
|Unknown or not reported:||0|
The state of Pennsylvania has 73 county jails and 27 prisons. The Department of Corrections runs these facilities with a staff of 14,744 employees and an annual budget of $2.7 billion. Based on one hundred thousand residents Pennsylvania has a property crime rate of 1,743, a violent crime rate of 316 and an overall incarceration rate of 383. It costs Pennsylvania $42,339 to house and care for each inmate for a year. The Pennsylvania community corrections system also oversees another 180,492 people on probation and 111,087 inmates on parole.
|Prison Name||Prison Type|
|SCI Albion||State Prison|
|SCI Benner Township||State Prison|
|SCI Cambridge Springs||State Prison|
|SCI Camp Hill||State Prison|
|SCI Chester||State Prison|
|SCI Coal Township||State Prison|
|SCI Dallas||State Prison|
|SCI Fayette||State Prison|
|SCI Forest||State Prison|
|SCI Frackville||State Prison|
|SCI Graterford||State Prison|
|SCI Greene||State Prison|
|SCI Houtzdale||State Prison|
|SCI Huntingdon||State Prison|
|SCI Laurel Highlands||State Prison|
|SCI Mahanoy||State Prison|
|SCI Mercer||State Prison|
|SCI Muncy||State Prison|
|SCI Pine Grove||State Prison|
|Quehanna Boot Camp||State Prison|
|SCI Retreat||State Prison|
|SCI Rockview||State Prison|
|SCI Smithfield||State Prison|
|SCI Somerset||State Prison|
|SCI Waymart||State Prison|
Private Facilities and Prisons
There are 3 private facilities and 2 private prisons in the state, compared to the national statistics, the state counts a share of 2.6% of all the prisons found in the US territory.
Federal Prisons located in Pennsylvania
|Prison Name||Prison Type|
|Allenwood Low FCI||Federal Prison|
|Allenwood Medium FCI||Federal Prison|
|Allenwood USP||Federal Prison|
|Canaan USP||Federal Prison|
|Lewisburg USP||Federal Prison|
|Loretto FCI||Federal Prison|
|McKean FCI||Federal Prison|
|Northeast RO||Federal Prison|
|Philadelphia FDC||Federal Prison|
|Philadelphia RRM||Federal Prison|
|Pittsburgh RRM||Federal Prison|
|Schuylkill FCI||Federal Prison|