The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, or ODRC, is the department responsible for overseeing Ohio State Correctional Facilities. The Ohio prison system is the sixth largest in America and has 26 state prisons and three facilities for juveniles. In 2018, it was reported that there were 49,255 inmates in the prison system. The headquarters of the ODRC is located in Columbus, Ohio.

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Inmates sentenced to death row are held at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. Those who are a high-security risk are held at the Ohio State Penitentiary, and those with medical conditions are held at the Franklin Medical Center. All executions occur at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, and you can find information on death row inmates at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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Inmate and Jail Roster Search

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Offender Search displays data on inmates who are currently incarcerated in an Ohio prison, currently under DRC supervision, judicially released, or who died of natural causes while incarcerated.

Searches can be done using the last name or both last and first names. A last name
search for “Smith” will give you a list of offenders whose last name is Smith, and adaptations of Smith. You can also search by county of commitment.

You can also search for an inmate by zip code. Zip codes will return violators at large.
You can use the offender number of A. The prefix A, R, or W must be used to search by
offender number. W. is for female inmates, and A and R denote male inmates.
Search forms are as follows:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • County of Commitment
  • Residential County
  • Zip Code
  • Status
  • All Incarcerated
  • APA Supervision
  • Violators at Large
  • Next Parole Board Hearing Date(year day month)
  • (Ex: 202311 = November 2023)

Mugshots are “hit and miss.” While all inmates take a mugshot, the pictures may not be posted in the search forum.

Each county has its own corrections center. For example, the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center is at 1215 W. 3rd St., Cleveland, OH 44113, phone # 216-443-6000. It provides management of over 26,000 inmates annually. The facility includes two high-rise buildings, Jail I and Jail II. Both facilities have one million square feet of space, including a kitchen, medical clinic, pharmacy, and social service programs. The CC is supervised by the Chief of Corrections, Warden, and Associate Wardens.

To find an inmate in the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center and other large counties, go to the
county’s website (Cuyahoga County Corrections Center), follow the instructions “how to search for an inmate:” Populate the form with the first name, last name, and inmate number. Hit search.

Another large county in Ohio is Franklin County, and the county seat is Columbus. There are over 1.3 million people who live in Franklin County, and the correction center is at 373 South High Street., Columbus, Ohio 43215 phone: 614-525-3333. The inmate information.

Search includes current mugshots, charges, case number, location for visitation, and court dates.

There are 1200 inmates in the James A. Karnes Corrections Center on any given day. Information on an inmate can be obtained online, but booking information can only be found by calling 614-525-3333.

Smaller counties like Auglaize County, population 46,000 county seat Wapakoneta, have inmate search forms that will populate the mugshot and the following information:

  • Sex
  • DOB
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Race
  • Hair color
  • Hair Length
  • Eye Color Complexion
  • Current Location
  • Current Housing Section
  • Commitment Date
  • County
  • Current Housing Block
  • Release Date
  • Place of Birth
  • BCI Number
  • State ID #
  • Citizen
  • FBI Number
  • Marital Status

Visitation Guidelines and Hours:

  • Different counties establish visitation rights. You will use the ViaPath visitation reservation system to ensure 24-hour access to make visiting reservations. If any changes are made, an email will be sent.
  • Minor children must be related to the inmate and accompanied by an approved visitor who
    is the parent, legal guardian, or guardian as listed I DRC policy. A birth certificate or custodial court order must be presented on the first visit.
  • Video visits are 30 minutes long, and visitors must be on the approved list. Depending
    on the institution where the inmate is incarcerated, additional time may be approved if needed. Video visits are subject to recording and monitoring. Video visits are to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance through ViaPath (link on website).
  • Each correctional facility has different rules. The Warden at each facility can determine the duration, frequency, and priority of visits. Visiting hours and the number of visitors allowed will be listed at each facility. Any changes will be made known to visitors and prisoners 30 days before the changes occur.

Total Facilities and Growing

  • 196Police Department
  • 87Jail
  • 23Correctional Facility

Visitation areas are accessible to visitors who have disabilities.

The clothing visitors wear when visiting inmates rules are:

  • Appropriate undergarments must be worn.
  • No smartwatches or fitness monitors.
  • No see-through clothing of any type.
  • Tops that expose the midriff are prohibited.
  • Low-cut clothing is not allowed.
  • Skirts, dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes with a slit or hem above the mid-knee is prohibited.
  • Gang-related markings on closing are not allowed.
  • Clothing with inappropriate holes/rips, including shoulder cut-outs, is prohibited.
  • Purses, handbags, and backpacks are not permitted.
  • Diaper bags will be searched.
  • All visitors must clear a metal detector.

Visiting hours throughout the jail and prison system are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Remote visits can take place seven days a week, including holidays, during the same times as on-site visits, with the addition of 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Contact the individual facilities in the county where the inmate is incarcerated to find the exact visiting hours of that facility. Look up the county online and use the term: corrections. That will help you find the correct visiting hours.

Direct Inmate Communication:

Ohio prisons and jails are one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and house more than 50,000 inmates. Getting in touch with someone incarcerated in prison or jail is challenging. You can use DoNotPay to help with inmates’ contact information. This is a convenient automated system that helps write to a prison stress-free.

Phone calls are made through Global Tel*Linke (GTL). If you cannot connect with an inmate,
contact customer service at 1-877-650-4249. Customer assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.
Phone calls can only be made to people on the approved calling list. The first call will request you be added to the “Call Allow List.”

Calls from inmates must be paid in advance by one of the following methods:

  • Standard collect call
  • Prepaid collect call
  • Pin debit telephone account.

Deposits for phone calls are made at kiosks at the entrance of each facility. ·
Funds from the inmate commissary account.
Email can be accessed through an ODRC-approved device or at a kiosk to access electronic correspondence. This privilege is only allowed for some inmates. Call to find out if your inmate has access.

Outgoing Mail:

A prisoner can send unlimited correspondence via the postal service. The inmate is responsible for the cost of mailing correspondence.

Legal mail or correspondence will be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate to intercept contraband. Packages outgoing from the prison or jail will be opened and inspected. The jail will document procedures for the appropriate disposition of intercepted items.

Outgoing mail will be withheld, read, or rejected based on the jail’s interest in security and
approved by the jail administrator. The inmate will be notified if mail is withheld or rejected.

Incoming Mail:

All incoming ODRC will inspect mail for contraband, which will be opened in the presence of the inmate. Regular mail is always opened before distribution, and envelopes are discarded. Colored envelopes are not allowed, and content, including money or contraband, will be removed.

There is no limit to how much mail inmates may receive, but they cannot receive postage stamps, glue, laminated stickers, glitter, lipstick, and perfume.
Letters must be addressed to the inmate and the institution. Always include the inmate’s full name, prison name and address, and inmate’s identification number on the envelope.
The ODRC institution page has addresses for each county. If you need a phone number, call Central Inmate Records at 614-752-1076. You can also obtain an inmate’s number at this phone number.

Sending Money to Inmates:

To send money to an inmate in Ohio, you must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list. Funds can be sent in several ways but are subject to the paying of fines, fees, and outstanding debts the inmate may have. You can send up to $200 to an inmate using the following methods.

Walk-In – use the kiosks located at the entry of each institution.
You can fund the transaction using cash, credit, or debit card. Fees will be charged for transactions, and you will need a driver’s license or a government-issued I.D. with a magnetic strip.

Mail: Giving money to an inmate in Ohio carries the lowest fee. It is a slow method, but you can send the funds through the mail by using a US Postal Money Order. Make the money payable to JPAY and include the inmate’s name and I.D. number. You will also need to fill out an Ohio Inmate Money Order deposit form and send it with the money order to:
JPAY, P.O. Box 27781 Miramar, FL 33027

Phone – Call 1-888-988-4768. Have the reference Site IDD 86 to use this method. Transactions can be funded by debit and credit cards for a fee.
Internet: Use OffenderConnect, available online. You can use a debit or credit card; a fee will be charged.

To send money, you must know the inmate’s full name, identification number, and location of the inmate.

Inmate Records:

Inmate records in Ohio include personal and office data of the inmates locally managing state-run jails, prisons, or penal institutions. Records are managed and sent out by the correctional facility where the inmate is held. You can call the facility or the sheriff’s department in the county where the inmate is held to get records or use online resources available on law enforcement websites of each county.

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Booking Procedures:

All inmates in the jail will have the arresting officer identified, and a booking and an identification record for every inmate contains the following information:

  • Time and date of commitment.
  • Name and alias·
  • Official Charge·
  • DOB·
  • Sex and race·
  • Height and weight·
  • Marital status·
  • Home address and telephone number·
  • Spouse, next of kin, or someone to notify in an emergency.
  • Social security number·
  • Identifying marks

In addition, booking includes:

  • A photograph and identification bracelet to identify inmates.
  • Arrested people will be given access to the telephone.
  • Inmates will be searched, and unauthorized items will be confiscated.
  • Each confiscated item is listed in an inventory list.
  • Money is confiscated.
  • An inmate’s signature is required.

Booking procedures are mandated for every jail or prison in Ohio by Rule 5120:1-8-01.

Each person is brought to jail or prison and has a mugshot taken. Information and mugshots are collected from the websites of the County Sheriff or Clerk of Courts. Be careful when looking at mugshots – some people listed have not been charged.
Information About Ohio

Ohio is the 24-largest state by area, with a population density of 11.8 million. It is the seventh most populous and tenth most densely populated state. The capital and largest city is Columbus, and other population centers include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron, and Toledo. Lake Erie borders Ohio to the north and Pennsylvania to the east. Ohio is nicknamed the Buckeye State after Ohio buckeye trees. The state flag is the only non-rectangular flag in the U.S.

Ohio is full of opportunities to share memorable experiences. Amenities include a thriving arts and culture scene and award-winning culinary experiences. It is a state full of distinct and charming neighborhoods and historic small towns.

Ohio is filled with plenty of history – it was the first state to come from the Northwest Territory and is the 17th state inducted into the union on March 1, 1803. Ohio reflects the industrialized, urbanized, and ethnically mixed United States developed from agriculture. Eight US presidents have been born in Ohio – William H. Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford, B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

Ohio’s location between the Eastern Seaboard and the heart of the Midwest makes it a perfect corridor for east and west travel. It also lies in the heart of the industrial belts and is close to major raw materials and labor sources. More than 100 lakes and reservoirs give Ohio great recreational and industrial opportunities.