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Updated on: August 23, 2021

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The Minsec – Chester is actually well-known to the point where it has a nickname, the “castle”. It is a maximum-security prison. It is actually the oldest prison facility in the state, given that it was completed in 1886.

The penitentiary is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and has an annual operating budget of $20 million annually. The Minsec – Chester houses death row inmates as well as the commonwealth’s actual execution facilities, as well. Inmates also wear a specific color to represent their custody level. For example, general population inmates wear khaki uniforms while death row inmates wear scarlet red.

There is also a minimum security facility near the Minsec – Chester as well. At this facility, inmates have work assignments.

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Minsec – Chester
Facility Name
Minsec - Chester
Facility Type
State Prison
Address
201 East 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19013-5961
Phone
610-872-0511
City
Philadelphia
Postal Code
19013-5961
State
Pennsylvania
Country
Philadelphia County

Visitation Hours

  • Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Holiday Closed

Inmate Search

You can utilize the inmate search of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in order to find inmates that are in the Minsec - Chester. The inmate search can be found here: http://inmatelocator.cor.pa.gov/.

The inmate search allows inmates to be searched by aliases, for those who may not know the full name of the inmate they are searching for. There is also the option of only searching prison inmates with photos only. You can also search for inmates based on their first name, last name, and middle name.

Sending a Mail

Offenders that are incarcerated in Minsec - Chester can receive mail from Monday through Friday, but not on weekends or holidays. Usually, mail is received by an inmate within 48 hours of the mail arriving at the facility. However, there are certain situations where this may not occur, such as an emergency lockdown.

All incoming mail must have a return address, as well. The mail will be forwarded to an inmate within 30 days if an inmate gets transferred to another facility. Legal mail cannot be read. However, all other mail can be read and inspected. Inmates at Minsec - Chester can also request to send two letters per week, which is possible even if they do not have the money for postage.

Photos can be received, but cannot contain nudity. Polaroid photos are not accepted for security reasons. The photos should be 4” x 6”. The photographs cannot be sexually suggestive or contain any illegal activity. This also includes gestures that can be interpreted as gang symbols, as well.

Inmates can receive mail to this address:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Minsec - Chester

201 East 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19013-5961

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Sending Money

Those who are housed in Pennsylvania state facilities must receive money through JPAY. This can be done in a variety of ways.

You can deposit money over the phone by calling this number: 610-872-0511 .

There is also an instant mail option available through JPAY, as well. Any correspondence might be rejected for mail modification (glitter, stickers, etc). Obscene language should not be used.

Phone Calls

No calls can be made to inmates at Minsec - Chester, but inmates can make outgoing calls. These calls may be monitored and recorded, unless the call involves an attorney. Emergency calls can be made. However, the emergency has to be verified before a call can be placed.

Visiting Rules

There is the only visitation on two days at Minsec - Chester: Saturdays and Sundays. The visiting hours are 7 30 AM to 1 45 PM. Visitors must register to visit between 7-10 AM. Segregation visits are appointment only, and can only occur on Thursdays.

Directions

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