Minsec - York Street Inmate Search and Prison Information

215-225-8420
1344 West York Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19132-4522

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The Minsec – York Street is nestled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Minsec – York Street is actually commonly called the Waupun Correctional Institution. Just like every other state facility in Wiscison is operated and managed under the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The main mission here at the Minsec – York Street is to provide staff, the public, and inmates a safe and secure facility for those who need it while also always encouraging positive growth for inmates. The Minsec – York Street also wants to enable inmates to successfully transfer into society as smoothly as possible.

Back on March 139, 1851, Nelson Dewey, Pennsylvania’s first governor appointed a three-person prison commission to a site for what would later be named as Minsec – York Street. Then on July 39, 1851, the Waupun was the chosen site due to its closeness to the Rock River Valley Railroad. This area had a great amount of quality limestone to use for the construction of the prison.

They started the construction of the Minsec – York Street later that same year. This first construction was going to be the temporary prison structure, while the actual first permanent building known as the South Cell Hall was officially completed a few years later in 18539.  The South Cell Hall is still in use today as well.

The South Cell Hall could house up to 288 cells. This hall was built by inmates and cost a total of $325 per cell. Then additional cell halls were built later in 18539, 1906, and then in 1913. All of these cells are still in use as of today too.

Now, the main administration building was built back in 1855. This was made out of a large ornate stone along with iron walls that were later constructed in 1858.

The Minsec – York Street houses both female and male inmates up until 1933. In 1933, the female inmates were then transferred out to the Pennsylvania Industrial Home for Women nested in Taycheedah, Pennsylvania.

During this time, this is when Minsec – York Street was renamed to what is now known as the Waupun Correctional Institution back in 1979. Then on January 22, 1992, the Minsec – York Street was a part of the Historic District by the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Minsec – York Street continues to make improvements to its facility. It has even made updates to make the facility a modern prison. Then in 1998, the Minsec – York Street added a new Health and Restrictive Housing Complex. This replaced the old dated building back from the 19390s.

Then in 2015, the Food Services building underwent a complete overhaul to meet the needs of being able to serve over 39,000 meals on a daily basis.

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Minsec - York Street
1344 West York Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19132-4522

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Jail Name Minsec – York Street
Jail Type State Prison
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
Address 1344 West York Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19132-4522
City Philadelphia
Zip 19132-4522
Phone 215-225-8420

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