SCI Rockview

SCI Rockview

1 Rockview Place
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-4874

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SCI Rockview (Centre County, five miles from Bellefonte) was begun in 1912 and opened in 1915. Originally planned to replace Eastern and Western Penitentiaries, it became instead the branch prison for Western Penitentiary, housing lesser security risk prisoners, most of whom were employed in Rockview’s extensive farm program outside the gates. It now is a medium-security institution for men.

SCI Rockview

SCI Rockview Visiting Information

Hours:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In order to be assured of at least a one-hour visit, visitors should arrive no later than 2:30 PM.
Rules:

To be eligible to visit an SCI Rockview inmate, an individual must be on the inmate’s approved visiting list. In addition, the visitor will be asked for one form of picture identification.

No more than five people may visit an SCI Rockview inmate at any given time. Some discretion is used here on the part of the Visiting Room personnel regarding younger children. However, to ensure that no disappointment occurs, it would be wise to limit your group to five, including children.

All SCI Rockview inmates will be permitted one visit per week. A week is defined as running from Monday through Sunday. If a visit is not used one week, it may not be carried over to the next. Each visit will be for a minimum time period of one hour, providing that the visitor arrives no later than 2:30 p.m. Visits may last until 3:30 p.m as long as space provides. Saturdays and Sundays are the most likely days for space to run out. Terminations will be conducted on a first in, first out basis, to make room for visitors that may be waiting.

In addition, all inmates will be permitted one special visit per calendar month which can be used any day of the week, and which follows the same minimum and maximum rules noted above.

It should be noted that visits cannot be split up. For instance, a visitor cannot come on Monday for one-half hour and then return on Tuesday for another half-hour. Similarly, if an inmate or visitor terminates a visit for lunch, the visit may not be continued after lunch.

Visiting in the yard adjacent to the Visiting Room is permitted at the Visiting Room officers discretion (contingent upon personnel available and weather conditions) on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays observed by Rockview.

Cold drinks, candy and snacks are available in the Visiting Room for purchase, and you may purchase these for an inmate and eat lunch with him rather than terminate the visit. No other exchanges are permitted and can be considered attempts to introduce contraband into the institution.

SCI Rockview General visiting information

All visitors must be on the approved visiting list. It is recommended that you arrive as early in the day as possible so that proper arrangements can be made in time for your visit. It may take time to notify an individual inmate for a visit, so please be patient.

Have proper identification with you. You will not be permitted to visit without proper identification.

Please be sure to sign in upon your arrival. If you travel by private vehicle, you will be asked to register the year, make, model and license number of your vehicle.

ALL visitors and vehicles are subject to search upon entering the institution, while at the institution and before leaving the institution. If you refuse to be searched before entering the institution, your visiting privileges may be denied. If you refuse to be searched while in the institution or upon leaving the institution, you may be detained until the appropriate law enforcement authorities arrive.

Cameras, tape recorders, radios, chewing gum, tobacco products, handbags, cell phones, sun glasses and wallets are not permitted in the visiting area.

Lockers ARE NOT commonly available. You will be asked to leave unauthorized items in your vehicle when possible.

You MUST clear the metal detector. Visitors with metal implants, pacemakers, etc., will be asked to provide proof of the object (i.e., a card from manufacturer or surgeon, note from the physician).

Inmates placed in disciplinary custody status will have their visiting privileges restricted to non-contact visits, once per month, immediate family only..

Please use good judgment and discretion in dress and behavior so as not to embarrass others in the visiting room. Keep children under control. Failure to do so may result in early termination of your visit.

Ex-offenders must have prior written approval from the Superintendent to visit any inmate.

Do not bring any kind of gift to the institution. Monetary gifts may be mailed in only and must be in either a money order or certified check. Inmates are not permitted to take anything from the visiting area.

Food may not be taken into the institution. Sandwiches, candy and soft drinks may be purchased and consumed where vending machines are provided. You may bring cash money. Vending machines are limited to coins and denominations of $1 and $5. Please note that inmates MAY NOT handle or possess money of any kind. Smoking is prohibited throughout the Visiting Area.

Any visitor appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will not be permitted to enter the institution.

All inmates are informed of changes that may occur in visiting regulations. It is the responsibility of each inmate to inform his visitor of these changes.

Please remember that any violation of visiting regulations may result in the suspension of visiting privileges.

For more information, call (814) 355-4874 , ext. 479.


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