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How to Send Mail to Inmates at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions (SCI)

Due to some recent drug smuggling issues, rules for sending mail to inmates have changed for all Pennsylvania state prisons (any institution starting with “SCI”).

For full information, visit the Department of Correction’s website here:

Please note that we are a law firm practicing in Pennsylvania and we do not make any warranties about sending mail to state corrections institutions. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

All inmate mail from family members and friends must be sent to the following address, where the mail will be opened, scanned, and then emailed to the end facility, which will print out a copy for the inmate:

Smart Communications/PADOC

Inmate Name, Inmate Number


PO Box 33028

St. Petersburg, FL 33733

If you hire an attorney (…might we recommend Kenny, Burns & McGill?), your attorney can send privileged mail directly to inmates being held in Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions.

As a general reminder: staples, paperclips, tape/stickers, envelopes, and just about anything other than plain paper documents should never be mailed to state institutions, as they may be confiscated or your letter returned unopened.

The DOC Central Office can answer further questions about the mailing policy. Their telephone number is: 717-728-2573.

If you or a loved one needs help with a criminal defense matter in Pennsylvania, call or text (215) 423-5500 today for a free consultation.

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