SCI Mercer – Pennsylvania

Do you know someone at State Correctional Institution – Mercer? State Correctional Institution – Mercer is a prison in the Pennsylvania state prison system, which is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. This guide will tell you information about anything a person needs to know about State Correctional Institution – Mercer,like: How to locate an inmate here. Visiting an inmate here. The address and phone number at State Correctional Institution – Mercer Mailing or sending money to an inmate. And lots more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: State Correctional Institution – Mercer
Year Opened: 1986
Type: Male
State: Pennsylvania
County: Mercer
DOC: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Security Level: minimum

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Contact Information

Here you will find the mailing address and street address for SCI Mercer. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a letter or package to a prisoner at State Correctional Institution – Mercer, and use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading further down on this page if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate to make sure that you correctly address the letter or package, and do the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct protocol, the letter or package could get sent back.

SCI Mercer
801 Butler Pike
Mercer PA, 16137

Street Address / Prison location


State Correctional Institution – Mercer
801 Butler Pike
Mercer PA, 16137

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you plan to visit an inmate. You should check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures information further down on this page if you are going to go to visit an inmate here.

State Correctional Institution – Mercer
801 Butler Pike
Mercer PA, 16137


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Phone Number

State Correctional Institution – Mercer prisoners don’t have phones, so you can’t call an inmate, but, there are times when it might be useful to have the telephone number to State Correctional Institution – Mercer.

Inmates can sometimes make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

SCI Mercer inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax your inmate, but there are times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for the facility. You can’t email individuals using this address. If you want to email an inmate, go to the Inmate Email heading below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To send an email message to an inmate at SCI Mercer you must follow an specific process to ensure that the letter is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not permitted to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that you must follow when sending a letter or package to a inmate. If you don’t follow the procedures then what you sent might not be received.

Before you send a package or letter, read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility staff do open and read all received general mail. Received general correspondence may be read as frequently as is necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor problems regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you must address a letter or package to an inmate at State Correctional Institution – Mercer:

SCI Mercer
801 Butler Pike
Mercer PA, 16137

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary which serves to provide prisoners a bank-like account for prisoner money and for buying things not issued regularly by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can send money to prisoner’s accounts by sending it by Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send prisoners funds through the postal service and must send it to the following address and follow the steps listed below:

The money have to be a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day holding period, and during this hold period the inmate will not have access to the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have correct inmate info provided the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and checks can’t be accepted for deposit so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are frequently moved to various prisons throughout Pennsylvania, so sometimes you may have to locate what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Click the link below to look up an state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Pennsylvania state prisons: Pennsylvania State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at State Correctional Institution – Mercer, be sure that you know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every correctional facility in Pennsylvania has their own procedures for prison visits and these rules are changed often. The procedures listed below may be different by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also go to State Correctional Institution – Mercer’s website to find the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the facility and upon exiting.

Identification Required

Positive picture identification of all visitors will be required. The best forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state picture ID is OK.

For everything shown below, check the official State Correctional Institution – Mercer site as this information is updated all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about State Correctional Institution – Mercer records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Info about State Correctional Institution – Mercer death row will be posted ASAP.

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More information about Pennsylvania parole process coming.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about getting released from State Correctional Institution – Mercer coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Information about what life is like at State Correctional Institution – Mercer to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A State Correctional Institution – Mercer news section to be added later.


A section with photos of State Correctional Institution – Mercer to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at State Correctional Institution – Mercer
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at State Correctional Institution – Mercer.

If you have any photos of State Correctional Institution – Mercer that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a prison? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in your previous job?

If so, click here:

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Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Details about family resources available at State Correctional Institution – Mercer to be added later.


A history section will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous State Correctional Institution – Mercer inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Pennsylvania State Prisons: Pennsylvania State Prisons

State Correctional Institution – Mercer Links

The official website:

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of State Correctional Institution – Mercer

Have you ever been an inmate at SCI Mercer? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone there?

If you have, then please tell us about it. Write down your prison experience so that other people will know what to expect.

What to write in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are an inmate here, include your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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  1. Cheryl P. says:

    The visiting area is too small. There are no tables to eat at. The wait for the inmate to come to the visiting room is VERY long. The guards are apathetic and if they smiled they’re faces might crack. The vending machines are NEVER fully stocked. If you’re lucky, you might find some cookies to eat. The coffee machine was broken the last time I was there. There are not a lot of choices for hot food or fresh sandwiches, when they ARE available, which isn’t very often. The prison takes out 30% of any money I JPay to my son, SUPPOSEDLY to pay fines. What fines? State fines? County fines? I have no knowledge of where that money is being sent to and they give no receipts to me, the sender, which they should. Quote me what law says that the prison can steal 30% of my money to pay fines? I will pay his fines on my own! The money that I send to my son is vital. He needs every penny of it because the food that they serve is gross, non edible, and not enough to feed a grown man. I tried to get on the Mercer Prison website, but surprise surprise I couldn’t, and the problem is on THEIR end. If I do not get a timely answer to this 30% supposed fine paying, I will go straight to the top in Harrisburg and request an audit of my son’s money records. And another thing, my son has a job cleaning bathrooms there and it pays .19 cents per hour. AND THEY TAKE 30% OF THAT TOO!!!!!!! Mercer prison is crooked as hell.

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