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How Are Inmate Records in Ohio Created and Stored?

Ohio inmate records are created by law enforcement and correctional institution agents. The process begins when someone is first arrested, and a RAP sheet is filled out by the arresting officer. This document contains the perpetrator's name, address, physical description, and crime details. After that, as he or she moves through the justice system, the file is updated with new information. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is the government agency in charge of inmate records, and they store them online in a consolidated database so that anyone can perform an inmate search anytime day or night.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Ohio?

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) makes it very easy to find someone located in an Ohio prison by having an inmate locator feature right on their website. The process for finding someone in an Ohio jail is different. The ODRC makes it easy by keeping all inmate records online and searchable. Just follow the steps below to find an inmate in an Ohio prison:

  1. Visit the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website .
  2. Scroll down on the home page and look for the "Offender Search" link.
  3. They have information at the top for victims of crimes and how to find sex offenders. Ignore that and enter the person's name, and other optional information like county, status, zip code, or parole date and hit the "Search" button.
  4. You see a well-organized list of results including a mug shot, name, ID number, DOB, status, and their offenses.
  5. Click on the ID number to see additional details about an inmate.

Additionally, if someone is searching for criminal records, arrest records, inmate records, court cases, or other public records, they can use the Infotracer system to look someone up.

What Does Ohio’s Prison System Look Like?

The prison system in Ohio is pretty straightforward. The state has a variety of facilities and programs to help maintain public safety by housing convicted felons. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections maintains the entire system, which consists of:

  • 29 State Prisons
  • 2 Private prisons
  • 2 Federal Prisons
  • 3 Juvenile Detention Centers
  • 2 County Jails in most of their 88 counties
  • 12 Reentry Programs, including Halfway Houses

Did you Know?

  • 0.45% of people in Ohio are under correctional control, from which 236,754 are on probation, and 19,634 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 19,147 people walk out of prison gates in Ohio, but people go to jail 1.1 times more each year
  • 91% of prison inmates in Ohio are male, 9% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Ohio increased by 237 percent (from $522,315,888 to $1,759,207,000).
  • Ohio has 59 facilities under state or federal authority that provided educational programs to inmates, from which only 25 provided College courses.

Types of Jails/Prisons in Ohio

Ohio has state prisons that hold felons sentenced to six months in prison or more. They also contract with two private prisons to alleviate overcrowding and offset some of the responsibility of supervision. They also have reentry programs with halfway houses to help inmates reintegrate back into society. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Director, Annette Chambers-Smith oversees all of those types of facilitates listed above. The state also has two federal prisons under federal direction, three juvenile detention centers run by the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) and various county jails in the 88 counties.

How Many People are Locked up in Ohio?

Ohio’s prison system holds 52,175 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 45,873 residents are held in state prisons, 13 in federal prisons, 30 in juvenile correctional facilities.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities30
Federal Prisons13
State Prisons45,873
Private Prisons6,259

Ohio State Prisons

The state of Ohio has twenty-nine state prisons holding felons who have broken state laws. Each institution has a specific focus and demographic. Only one of them is specifically suited for women. The list of Ohio state prisons includes:

  • Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution (AOCI).
  • Belmont Correctional Institution (BeCI).
  • Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI).
  • Correctional Reception Center (CRC).
  • Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI).
  • Franklin Medical Center (FMC) - Zone A.
  • Franklin Medical Center (FMC) - Zone B.
  • Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI).
  • Lebanon Correctional Institution (LeCI).
  • London Correctional Institution (LoCI).
  • Lorain Correctional Institution (LorCI).
  • Madison Correctional Institution (MaCI).
  • Mansfield Correctional Institution (ManCI).
  • Marion Correctional Institution (MCI).
  • Noble Correctional Institution (NCI).
  • Northeast Reintegration Center (NERC).
  • Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW).
  • Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP).
  • Pickaway Correctional Institution (PCI).
  • Richland Correctional Institution (RiCI).
  • Ross Correctional Institution (RCI).
  • Southeastern Correctional Complex (SCC - L).
  • Southeastern CorrectionalComplex (SCC - H).
  • Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).
  • Toledo Correctional Institution (ToCI).
  • Trumbull Correctional Institution (TCI).
  • Warren Correctional Institution (WCI).
  • Warden Wanza Jackson-Mitchell.
  • Trumbull Correctional Camp (TCC).

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

Ohio makes it very easy to find an inmate in state prison. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections keeps all inmate records online and searchable. Therefore, someone wanting to find an inmate in an Ohio state prison should follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website .
  2. Scroll down on the home page and look for the "Offender Search" link.
  3. They have information at the top for victims of crimes and how to find sex offenders. Ignore that and enter the person's name, and other optional information like county, status, zip code, or parole date and hit the "Search" button.
  4. You see a well-organized list of results including a mug shot, name, ID number, DOB, status, and their offenses.
  5. Click on the ID number to see additional details about an inmate.

Ohio Federal Prisons

The state of Ohio has two federal prisons. These facilities house federal inmates who have broken federal laws in Ohio. The entire federal prison system is owned and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). They have an extensive website with information on visitation and sending gifts and money to inmates housed at one of their facilities. The federal prison facilities in Ohio are:

  • Cincinnati RRM - residential reentry office.
  • Elkton FCI - 2,459 male inmates.

Ohio's Federal Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total88881013
Male88881013
Female000000

How to Search for an Inmate in an Ohio Federal Prison

Finding an inmate in an Ohio federal prison is much different than searching for someone in an Ohio state prison. The reason is that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is the agency who keeps all inmate records for federal prisoners. Therefore, someone wanting to find a federal inmate must contact the FOB directly. They do have an extensive website with an inmate locator feature on it and a web page per facility to make it easy for the public to search, find, and visit inmates there.

Ohio County Jails

Ohio is a big state with 88 counties. Most of those counties have a Sheriff's Office with a local county jail. These jails hold pretrial detainees, recently arrested suspects and people who were sentenced to less than six months in jail rather than prison. Each jail is managed and operated by the local county law enforcement, and some of them have websites where the public can find out more about them and their jail facilities.

How to Perform an Ohio Jail Inmate Search

The process for finding someone in an Ohio jail is different than if they were in state prison. This is because all jails are individual and inmate records are kept by the local Sheriff's Office and not the ODRC. Anyone searching for an inmate in an Ohio jail should contact the local Sheriff's Office in the county where the person was arrested. Some of these agencies do have a website with a list of current residents or inmate search features on them.

Ohio Juvenile Detention Centers

The Ohio Department of Youth Services runs three juvenile detention centers to hold youth offenders below the age of 18. Their mission is to "provide young people with education, behavioral health care, and other services they need to help them transform their lives." The three juvenile detention centers in Ohio are:

  • Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility.
  • Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility.
  • Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total593020242930
Male593017232830
Female003110

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Juvenile records are sealed and kept private in Ohio until the inmate is 18 then they have the right to apply for expungement of their juvenile records. Therefore, searching for an inmate in juvenile detention in Ohio won't be possible. However, family friends and other interested parties can contact the Ohio Department of Youth Services or the facilities directly to inquire about someone in particular. They do supply information on the DYS website about visiting and sending money or gifts.

Ohio Private Prisons

Ohio contracts with two private prisons in the state. These facilities hold inmates who cannot be served by the state prisons. These facilities are privately owned and operated but overseen and in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. The list of private prisons in Ohio includes:

  • North Central Correctional Complex Northwest Region m- 2,427 inmates.
  • Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LaECI) Northeast Region - 1,763 inmates.

How to Search for an Inmate in an Ohio Private Prison

All inmates are processed through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Therefore, all inmate records are kept and maintained by that agency and searching for an inmate in an Ohio private prison is that same as finding one in state prison. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website .
  2. Scroll down on the home page and look for the "Offender Search" link.
  3. They have information at the top for victims of crimes and how to find sex offenders. Ignore that and enter the person's name, and other optional information like county, status, zip code, or parole date and hit the "Search" button.
  4. You see a well-organized list of results including a mug shot, name, ID number, DOB, status, and their offenses.
  5. Click on the ID number to see additional details about an inmate.

Why are People Incarcerated in Ohio?

Approximately 79,000 people are incarcerated in Ohio currently. About 51,000 are in state and private prisons, 19,000 are in local jails, 5,500 are in federal prison, and 2,200 are in juvenile detention. Most people in prison in Ohio are there because of violent crime, including murder, rape, and assault. After that, the most popular reason is property crimes, followed by larceny and arson.

Ohio’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Ohio’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 449, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 0%. The number of Ohio prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 52,175, from which 9% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 47,581 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total441440446444450449441
Male834832839832840835822
Female66657071757774

Where Do Ohio Inmates Go When They are Released?

Due to the number of inmates in the state, Ohio has an extensive reentry program which includes moving inmates to halfway houses pre-release and post-release to ensure they have the support they need for addictions, mental health issues, job placement and successful reintegration back into society.

How Does Parole Work in Ohio?

Ohio also has a vast parole system through community corrections. When an inmate is released early due to good behavior, and they do not pose a risk to society, the parole board may grant them parole. Parole is a supervisory program where the parolee must check in regularly with their parole officer and complete other tasks, or they risk going back to prison.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 19,634
Entries: 8,085
Exits: 6,735
Change in 2016: 7%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Ohio?

Probation is a privilege for low-risk offenders. If an Ohio judge determines that an offender is not a danger to others, he or she may order probation instead of prison. Probation is also a supervisory program which includes strict rules and check-ins with a probation officer. Sometimes drug tests are ordered. If the probationer violates any of these court-ordered rules, they will immediately go to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 236,754
Entries: 122,295
Exits: 123,450
Change in 2016: 0%

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