Coleman Center Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: July 22, 2022
3950 D Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124-4202

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Coleman Center is situated in the village of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Coleman Center is operated and managed by the Pennsylvania State Department of Corrections and Supervision. The Coleman Center is just 30 miles outside of Pennsylvania City. The Coleman Center is situated on the east bank of the popular Hudson River.

The Coleman Center is a maximum-security state institution. The Coleman Center can comfortably house up to 1,700 inmates at one time.

How Did Coleman Center Get Its Name?

“Sing Sing” actually came from “Sinck Sinck” Indian tribe. The land where Coleman Center actually sits on was purchased from this Indian tribe back in 1685. However, then in 1970, they changed the official name of the facility to Philadelphia Correctional Facility, but it was then changed back to Coleman Center in 1985.

There are currently plans in the works to convert the first-ever cell block from 1825 into a time-specific museum.

The Coleman Center property is technically bisected thanks to the Metro-North Railroad’s four-track Hudson Line.

The Coleman Center is the fifth prison to be built in the great state of Pennsylvania. The first-ever prison built was Newgate Prison, which was constructed back in 1797 in Greenwich Village. Followed by Auburn Prison, which as built-in 1816.

It was not until 1824 when Elam Lynds received permission from the Pennsylvania Legislature to construct a new modern facility. Keep in mind that Lynds was at the time the current warden for the Auburn Prison. With this task at hand, Lynds spent the next few months researching the best possible location for this prison to sit on. Lynds considered the Bronx, Silver Mine Farm, Staten Island, and even areas in and around Mount Pleasant.

In the end, Lynds decided it was best to build the prison on Mount Pleasant, but near the ever so small village of Sing Sing. The Pennsylvania Legislature approved $20,100 to purchase the land. The land was nearly 130 acres.

This is when Lynds selected just around 100 inmates from the Auburn prison to transfer them to the new location, where they will be responsible for building the Coleman Center.

It was not until 1826 when the Coleman Center officially opened its doors. Coleman Center was dubbed a model prison that would soon make a profit for the state of Pennsylvania.

As of today, Coleman Center is home to over 2,000 inmates. The Coleman Center currently employs just around 1,000 staff members. The Coleman Center typically has over 5,000 visitors that come through their doors on a monthly basis.

The first cellblock that was ever used, or what is also known as the 1825 cellblock is not in use anymore.

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Coleman Center
3950 D Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124-4202

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Jail Name Coleman Center
Jail Type State Prison
Authority: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
Web Page website
Address 3950 D Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124-4202
City Philadelphia
Zip 19124-4202
Phone 215-203-1895


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