Ohio uses two types of correctional facilities to hold felons who broke state laws. First, there are twenty-eight state prisons, and then there are two private prisons that they contract with for overflow to avoid overcrowding.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is the government agency that runs all the facilities, supervises inmates and managed all Ohio state prison inmate records. They make it very easy for the general public to perform an Ohio state prison inmate search using their inmate locator search form on their website.
Annette M. Chambers-Smith is the Director for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and she works closely with the Governor managing and supervising all correctional programs, services, staff, and inmates. Each prison has different levels of custody, they serve a specific demographic, and they offer inmates various services and rehabilitative programming to help them succeed in their incarceration.
The Ohio state-run prisons include:
The private prisons in Ohio include:
There are approximately 51,000 people in prison in Ohio. Almost half are white, and half are Black with a small number being other races. A high number of them are in medium-security, with almost as many in minimum-security and only a small number reside in maximum security. More than 33,000 have committed violent offenses. Drugs, burglary, and weapons charges are some of the top reasons why someone is in prison in Ohio.