(WTAJ) — In-person visitation will return to SCI Huntingdon and SCI Rockview after the COVID Pandemic left prisons without visitations for well over a year.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel announced Monday that three additional facilities have finalized plans to reimplement in-person visitation.

The latest facilities to confirm dates to welcome back visitors are SCI Mahanoy, SCI Rockview, and SCI Huntingdon.

FacilityStart Date
SCI MahanoyJuly 19, 2021
SCI HuntingdonJuly 22, 2021
SCI RockviewAugust 2, 2021

Visitors are reminded:

  • Visits must be scheduled online at least three days in advance. To comply with reduced visiting room capacity limits, visitors who arrive at a facility without an appointment will be turned away. 
  • Available visitation timeslots are determined by each facility, based on an inmate’s housing location within the prison.
  • Each visit will be least one hour in duration.
  • No-cost video visits remain an option for people to connect with incarcerated loved ones.

Information on scheduling an in-person or video visit and the reopening of DOC facilities is available at cor.pa.gov. Visitors may begin scheduling in-person visits via the inmate visitation system seven days before the start date. Dates are subject to change.

Established visiting rules remain in effect. Visitors are also required to complete a COVID questionnaire and temperature screening. All inmates and visitors ages 2 and older are issued a disposable facemask, which must be worn for the duration of the visit. Visiting rooms have been configured in a way that allows for social distancing between each visiting group. Visits can be canceled by the facility if the rules are not followed.

On-site visits to DOC facilities were suspended on March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions regarding the reinstatement of in-person visitation at each location are based on inmate vaccination rates, percentage of COVID-19 cases among the inmate population, and results from the DOC’s wastewater testing program that monitors for elevated levels of the COVID-19 virus.

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