Lackawanna County Prison




Notice is hereby given that the Lackawanna County Prison Board will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 12:30PM.
In order to comply with the Lackawanna County Commissioners Declaration of Disaster Emergency dated March 16, 2020, and Governor Wolf’s Shelter in Place Order dated March 27, 2020, the meeting will be live streamed at YouTube. The public is invited to view this live streamed meeting.

County residents may send their comments/questions, in writing with their name and address, to be answered and included in the minutes by emailing the Commissioners Office no later than 9:00am on the day of the meeting.


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 20, 2020

The Judicial Emergency Declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania Shall Continue to Exist Through May 31, 2020 due to the COVID – 19 Crisis.

New Employee Guidelines

Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 1, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dated April 1, 2020 extending the declaration of the Judicial Emergency through April 30, 2020, it is hereby ordered and decreed that, the Judicial Emergency declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania shall continue to exist through April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis

Emergency Judicial Order Dated March 16, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania authorizing this Court to declare a Judicial Emergency in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, I do hereby declare that a Judicial Emergency exists in this Judicial District and shall continue to exist until April 14, 2020 on account of COVID-19

The Lackawanna County Prison is imposing new procedures designed to prevent the introduction of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the facility via a series of memorandums.

Naming May 7-13, 2018 as Correctional Officers and Employees Week in Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Prison mission is the incarceration of person(s) adjudicated as offenders or suspected of being offenders of the law. The intent of such incarceration is to; protect society by providing incarceration as an appropriate deterrent to the commission of crime; insure that person(s) on a pre-trial status appear in court; provide a safe and secure environment for offender and staff; offer programs for positive personal growth and positive reintegration into the community upon their release; insure the basic physical and medical health needs are attended to; protect the basic constitutional rights of the offender(s).

The Lackawanna County Prison is located at 1371 North Washington Avenue in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Prison was originally built in the mid 1880’s for a population of 110 prisoners. A major renovation and expansion was completed in 1999, allowing for a maximum population of approximately 1,200 prisoners. We house male and female pre-trial detainees and sentenced inmates up to one day less than five years. The Prison is like a small town in that all the needs of the inmates are contained within the walls such as laundry, food service, canteen, medical services, chapel, gymnasium and housing units.

Various programs are afforded to the inmate population based upon their classification along the lines of Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, Anger Management, Parenting Classes, and Computer training – just to name a few.

It is our goal to act as both a deterrent to criminal activity and to act as a force for the rehabilitation of the individual.

County Prison Staff Supports Angel Tree Program

800Angel Tree Gifts From Prison Pix

The staff of the Lackawanna County Prison made Christmas a little brighter for children at the South Scranton 3 Head Start Program.  Employees at the prison participated in the Angel Tree program by raising funds and purchasing a variety of toys and other gifts for the youngsters.  Pictured with the Christmas presents are, l-r, Sgt. William Shanley, Capt. Frank Yavoroski, Mari Finlon, PREA Coordinator; Colleen Orzel, Administrative Officer; and Kristin Evans, Executive Assistant to the Warden.

Reporting acts of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within the Lackawanna County Prison

To Report allegations of sexual abuse taking place within the Lackawanna County Prison, during regular working hours call the Prison Rape Elimination Act Coordinator’s Office at 570-963-6639 ext. 4577.   During any other time, call the Lackawanna Prison at 570-963-6639 ext 0 and ask to speak with the Shift Commander.   Please be prepared to give as much information as possible regarding the incident so that we may quickly and efficiently protect everyone involved. This report may be made anonymously but we request that all people making a report leave their name and number for further communication.”


PREA Allegations and Findings 2018

PREA Audit Final Report 2017

PREA Allegations and Findings 2017   

PREA Allegations And Findings 2016

PREA Audit Final Report 2015

PREA Allegations and Findings 2015

If an individual wishes to deposit money on behalf of an inmate, he/she may do so by using the services offered through OffenderConnect.

 What is OffenderConnect?

OffenderConnect is a deposit service for you to add money to an inmate’s trust fund account and/or your prepaid telephone account.  With several different deposit methods available, OffenderConnect is the quickest and most convenient option to fund your loved ones account. Purchasing money orders, mailing deposits and waiting several business days for the funds to post are now eliminated with OffenderConnect.

There are 3 Easy Ways to Use OffenderConnect:


Lobby Kiosk: Deposit kiosk located at the Lackawanna County Prison.

Kiosk accepts Cash ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100 bills)

Credit/Debit Cards (MasterCard and Visa brand)

Telephone payment: 1- 814-949-3303

Trust Deposits: 1-888-988-4768

Site ID: 18


As of March 12, 2017, the Lackawanna County Prison will no longer accept greeting cards through the mail.  After that date, greeting cards are banned and shall be marked RETURN TO SENDER and placed into the outgoing mail.

 Visitation Schedule (Effective 6-24-2019)

Visitor Information for the Lackawanna County Prison

There are two types of visitation offered to family and friends of those incarcerated in the Lackawanna County Prison: Secure (regular) Visits and Personal (contact) Visits.


Secure Visit – a secure visit is a visit between an inmate and a visitor held in Inmate Visitation room. The visit is one wherein the inmate is on one side of a fully enclosed partition with a large window and the visitor is on the other side.

A. All visitors and vehicles on the premises are subject to search. Refusal to submit to any search shall result in the revocation of visiting privileges indefinitely.

B. Valid forms of ID for visitors are: a state driver’s license, a state ID card with picture, a passport with visa for foreign nationals.

C. Inmates must be cleared from the initial quarantine period prior to receiving a visit.

D. All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a valid photo ID. A parent or legal guardian MUST accompany children under the age of 18. A parent or legal guardian certification form needs to be filled out by the accompanying adult attesting to the fact that they are the child’s parent or legal guardian prior to granting a visit with the inmate. Legal or court documentation is not required as proof…the individual’s signature shall be sufficient.

E. Items considered inappropriate dress for a visitor are cut offs, short shorts, skirts/skorts above mid thigh, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, low cut/revealing shirts or blouses, see-through/transparent clothing, spandex, hooded garments (excluding religious coverings), coats/jackets, clothing displaying offensive materials, clothing depicting references to drugs or alcohol, anything appearing gang related, ragged or torn clothing that is considered revealing.

F. Children are to be held on the visiting parent’s/guardian’s lap during a visit.

G. In the event that there is more than 1 child, only 1 child is allowed in at any given time. The other child/children are to be accompanied by another adult in the visitor waiting area. Children may “switch” places during the inmate’s visiting time, but not more frequently than every 10 minutes.

H. Visitors may visit only one inmate at a time.

I. Visitors are to store their personal items in a coin operated locker or they are to leave personal items in their vehicles.

J. The use of obscene language or other conduct of a disorderly nature is prohibited and shall result in the termination of the visit and possible suspension of visiting privileges for the visitor and/or the inmate.

K. Reasons a visit or visitor will be denied include: inmate refused, inmate unavailable, wrong day or time, invalid visitor ID, visitor unable to clear metal detector, visitor inappropriately dressed, visitor is not compliant with staff requests, visitor appears intoxicated/under the influence, child(ren) being disruptive/not properly supervised, visitor provides false information, visitor is a former LCP inmate within the past 90 days, visitor’s privileges are under suspension/revocation.

L. Visitors with babies may bring 1 baby bottle, 1 receiving blanket and 1 pacifier into the visit with them. All other property must be secured in a coin operated locker or left in the visitor’s vehicle.

M. Children shall remain under constant supervision of an adult.

N. If a child is left unattended or is allowed to be disruptive the visit shall be terminated or denied.

O. In the event that an inmate’s visitor is unable to attend the regularly scheduled secure visit the inmate may request a special visit via the Assistant Warden of Treatment. Said request must be in writing and must explain the circumstances revolving around the request. The Assistant Warden of Treatment shall provide a written response within two working days of his/her receipt of the request. If a special visit is granted it will be a “secure” visit (i.e., the visit will occur in the secure visitation area and will be ½ hour in length at a time other than the regularly scheduled visit for the prisoner’s housing block).

II. PERSONAL / CONTACT VISITATION – all of the above listed issues pertain to personal visits as well as issues P. through S., which are listed below.

Personal Visit – a personal visit is a visit between inmate and one to four family members of that inmate. Adult visitors much be related to the inmate either through marriage or by birth. Adult visitors must accompany and supervise any children and must be the legal guardian of the children.

Immediate Family – consists only of; mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, children, step-children, step-parents, step-siblings, in-laws and grand children.

P. A maximum of 3 children may visit with along with a parent/guardian. The accompanying adult visitor must be the parent of the children or the children’s legal guardian. Fiancées and girlfriends of an inmate shall not be allowed to supervise children that are not theirs or under their legal guardianship.

Q. Counselors may schedule more than one but no more than three inmates’ personal visits at the same time, provided that the inmates are from the same housing unit/block.

R. Personal visits are intended to allow deserving inmates the opportunity of visiting with approved visitors, regardless of whether there are children involved. However, the adult visitors much be related to the inmate either through marriage or by birth.

S. Inmates in Protective Custody, Administrative Custody and Disciplinary Custody shall not be afforded the opportunity of personal visits due to the nature of their charges and/or the reason for their custody status.

Lackawanna County Prison also offers Video Visitation. You can set up visits by clicking on this link –


Administrative Contacts

Timothy Betti, Warden
Phone: 570-963-6639
Fax: 570-963-6681
E-mail: [email protected]


1371 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509

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