FCI Schuylkill | Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill

Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill is a medium-security federal prison located in Minersville, Pennsylvania. It is also known as FCI Schuylkill. The facility houses male inmates. FCI Schuylkill Camp is located adjacent to the main institution. Male inmates are also housed at the camp.

FCI Schuylkill Contact Information

Facility Address & Contact Information

Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill
Interstate 81 & 901 West
Minersville, PA 17954

Phone: 570-544-7100
Fax: 570-544-7224
Email: [email protected]

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Inmate Correspondence Address

FCI Schuylkill

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Schuylkill
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 759
Minersville, PA 17954

FCI Schuylkill Prison Camp

Inmate Name and Registration Number
FCI Schuylkill
Camp
Satellite Prison Camp
P.O. Box 670
Minersville, PA 17954

How to Send Money

Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.

Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill Inmate Information

Inmate Gender

Male Inmates

Prison Security Level

Facility Location

FCI Schuylkill is located 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia; 46 miles northeast of Harrisonburg; west of I-81 off State Highway 901.

BOP Region

Northeast Region

BOP Institution Code

SCH for FCI Schuylkill

Medical Care Level

Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.

Mental Health Care Level

Level 2.

Judicial District

Middle District of Pennsylvania

Population Number

FCI Schuylkill houses approximately 990 inmates. The camp houses around 120 inmates.

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FCI Schuylkill Prison Services Information

Background

Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill is a medium-security federal prison in Minersville, Pennsylvania, which houses male inmates. It was opened in 1991. Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill Camp, which also houses male inmates, is located adjacent to the main institution.

FCI Schuylkill includes a unit for pre-trial detainees that was opened in 1992.

Notable inmates include American rap artist Beanie Sigel (served two years for tax evasion); the former boss of the Philadelphia Crime Family John Stanfa (serving a life sentence for multiple murders, kidnapping, and other crimes); and organized crime leader James Coonan (serving a 75-year sentence for murder, kidnapping, and other crimes, and for dominating the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City for over a 20-year period).

Media reports indicate that at least two prisoners have escaped from the camp.

Inmate Housing

Inmates are housed in one of four housing units, which contain a number of two-person cells. Inmates at the camp are housed in dormitories in two-person cubicles.

Health Services

Sick call, dental sick call, routine dental care, emergency medical treatment, medications, physical examinations upon admission and release, preventative health care examinations, optometry, and flu vaccines are available to inmates. Emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day. Sick call is conducted at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Psychology Services

All FCI Schuylkill inmates must complete a Psychology Services screening. If a crisis exists, any staff member can contact a member of the Psychology Department for inmates. Inmates can also talk with a member of the Psychology Department during the lunch meal. Priority services include suicide prevention, intake screening, the treatment of major mental disorders, and crisis intervention. Other services include adjustment counseling, short-term individual counseling, and group therapy. The Psychology Department provides educational and therapeutic groups that address special concerns faced by inmates. The group classes vary and have previously included Criminal Lifestyles, Relapse Prevention, and Anger Management.

Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)

FCI Schuylkill has the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). The camp does not have a Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). A Drug Abuse Program, Drug Abuse Education class, the Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP), a 12-Step Group, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are also available.

FCI Schuylkill Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings

Education Services

FCI Schuylkill provides literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. Pre-release, parenting, and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) programs are also available to the inmate population. An incentive award of $25.00 is given upon completion of both the GED and ESL programs. Graduates are given a graduation ceremony, certificates of achievement, a tassel, and two cap and gown photos. Additional certificates are given upon completion of specific achievement levels, or when selected as “Student of the Month.” High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.

Advanced Occupational Education

FCI Schuylkill offers advanced occupational education in Basic Residential Wiring and Culinary Arts. The camp offers advanced occupational education in Commercial Driver’s License Class A, Horticulture, and Landscaping.

Vocational Training

FCI Schuylkill and the camp do not offer any vocational training aside from the advanced occupational education and apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeship

FCI Schuylkill and the camp offer an apprenticeship in Cooking.

Library Services

FCI Schuylkill provides both a leisure and law library. The leisure library includes newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and reference books. An interlibrary loan program is also available. Inmates can use the law library to conduct legal research through

TRULINCS Electronic Law Library terminals. Federal Register documents, institution supplements, and the Black’s Law Dictionary are maintained in hard copy format in the main law library and in the Special Housing Unit. Typewriters and a photocopier are available for inmate use. Hours of operation are 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.

UNICOR

The FCI Schuylkill UNICOR facility disassembles electronic products. The camp does not house a UNICOR facility.

Commissary

Inmates are allowed to spend $360.00 monthly in the commissary on their assigned shopping days. Inmates can shop at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Clothing, shoes, food, drink mixes, and other items are available for purchase. Quantity limits on certain items may apply.

Recreation Services

The Recreation Department at FCI Schuylkill consists of three areas: a gymnasium, an outside recreation yard, and Leisure Center (arts and crafts/music). The Recreation Department offers activities including basketball, racquetball, bocce ball, soccer, handball, volleyball, horseshoes, jogging/walking, softball, whiffle ball, flag football, indoor floor hockey, physical fitness, and health education programs. Leisure activities include table games such as backgammon, bid whist, billiards, gin, checkers, dominoes, foosball, chess, spades, table tennis, bridge, and pinochle. A music program and arts and hobby craft are available, as are special programs and activities throughout the year (e.g., movies, holiday sporting events, tournaments/contests, and inmate music shows). In the camp, the indoor recreation area has a hobby craft area, weight room, music room, and a game room with various table games. The outdoor recreation yard offers a softball field, basketball courts, bocce court, a weightlifting area, handball/racquetball courts, a volleyball court, and several horseshoe pits.

Visitation Information for FCI Schuylkill

On Sunday, Friday, and Saturday visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.

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FCI Schuylkill Prison Culture Information

Prison Politics at Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill

This is a moderately political yard. According to one respondent, “Everything is segregated by race or state.”

Level of Violence

Inmates report a low level of violence. One inmate stated that it is “safe compared to other spots.” Another respondent agreed, stating there is a “very small amount of violence.”

Vulnerable Populations

While LGBT inmates are allowed to walk the yard, inmates report that sex offenders and informants are typically run off.

Good at FCI Schuylkill

“It is not violent.”

Bad at FCI Schuylkill

“There are times that we stay locked down due to a fight even when there doesn’t need to be a lockdown.”

Other Inmate Comments

“The facility is breaking down with burst pipes, which makes it so the hot water sometimes goes out.”

FCI Schuylkill in the News

On September 16, 2001, Michael Hart, a guard at the Federal Correctional Institution at Schuylkill, was suspended and reassigned to a prison camp for hanging a small American flag in a window overlooking the recreation area.

Schuylkill Prison Camp in the News

In March 2018, Raymond Collazo, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill Camp, escaped by walking away.

In December 2017, Harvey Shaner escaped from FCI Schuylkill Camp but was recaptured in less than two weeks.

More Information About Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill

For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about FCI Schuylkill, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.