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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Belmont Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 540
68518 Bannock Road
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950


(740) 695-5169; Fax (740) 526-0511

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Michele Miller

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1995
Total Acreage 158
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 306
Total Staff 451
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $38.95
Population as of 6/01/16 2,713
Black Inmates 1,055
White Inmates 1,567
Other Inmates 91
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's - 1,265
2's - 1,444
3's -
4's -

Security Level Descriptions:

  • 1 = Minimum Security
  • 2 = Medium Security
  • 3 = Close Security
  • 4 = Maximum Security
  • 5 = Administrative Maximum



  • Wednesday - Sunday       7:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (Morning Session)
                                         11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Afternoon Session)
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:00 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday morning visits, 10:00 a.m. for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning visiting sessions and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Visiting is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and all State Holidays.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.


  • Visiting reservations are required for all visiting sessions.
  • Reservations are accepted 30 days in advance. 
  • When making email reservations, please include the following information in your email to expedite the response:
    • Offender name and number;
    • Date and time (AM or PM) of visit request (up to 3 choices)
    • Name of visitors attending
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by calling 740-695-8138 from Wednesday - Sunday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or by emailing DRC.VisitationBECI@odrc.state.oh.us.
  • For Camp visiting, call 740-695-5169, ext. 6 and ask for "Camp Visiting" or email DRC.VisitationBECI@odrc.state.oh.us.

 Video Visitation

The Belmont Correctional Institution maintains two (2) video visiting kiosks in every housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30-10:30 AM; 12:30-3:30 PM; and 5:00-8:00 PM with one (1) kiosk in each dorm designated as a visitation kiosk.  Signs are posted in each unit indicating hours of operation for video visiting & “All electronic communications are subject to monitoring & recording.”

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff has taken place.  Any approved visitor may request a video visit.   Approved visitors must create an account and register with JPAY. When family members register to have a video visit, they are prompted by JPAY through a series of steps to achieve their visit. Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requesting. Visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.  

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of four visitors per inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.
  • All day visits shall count as both visits allowed per visitor each month.

For general visiting information or to download a visitor application, please go to our visiting page.

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution.  Approved visitors may deposit funds into an offender trust account or PIN Debit phone account using the kiosks.  For additional information on inmate funds or other deposit options please visit http://www.drc.ohio.gov/web/inmate_funds.htm



Volunteers in Prison

Belmont Correctional Institution is committed to recruiting dedicated and resourceful volunteers to assist in reentry efforts by providing services to offenders.  For additional information on these opportunities or the application process, please contact Mary Potter at 740-695-5169, ext. 2050 or via email at Mary.Potter@odrc.state.oh.us 

Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to protect individuals from prison rape.  Click here for more information.

Unique Programs

  • Vocational Horticulture and Turf/Landscape Management:  This is a 600 hour educational program that takes approximately 6 to 8 months to complete and obtain certificate.  The students have the opportunity to prepare for and take the Landscape, Grower and Garden Center Ohio Certified Nursery Technician exams that are offered through the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.  Students that pass one or more of these exams are issued a two year interim certification.  They may apply for permanent certification if they obtain employment in the green industry.  This BeCI vocational program entails classroom work and is community service approved which permits the students direct on the job training while servicing the community.  The offender has the opportunity to meet with community partners, listen to their needs, apply their knowledge, make recommendations, supply a material list and complete the project.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • St. Clairsville High School - Paint signs and banners/prom decorations
  • Shadyside High School - signs for the school
  • St. Clairsville Council of Churches - food donations, collecting recyclables
  • Driver Intervention Program - Speak Out
  • City of St. Clairsville - landscaping
  • Department of Human Service - make signs and banners
  • Beallsville Elementary/High School - paint banners/signs
  • Reading to children in visiting
  • Boys and Girls Town - stamp donation
  • St. Clairsville Saints Club - paint banners
  • Belmont County Health Department - make signs and banners
  • Golden Endings Rescue, Belmont County Animal Rescue League, and German Short-Haired Pointer - dog training
  • Colonial Manor Nursing Home - ornaments


  • Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • Transitional Education Program (TEP)

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Distance Learning Center
  • Library Services
  • Ohio Re-Entry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Title One Services

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Applied Academics
  • Barbering
  • Plumbing
  • Horticulture (Camp)

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Animal Trainer
  • Auto Mechanic
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Recovery Operator

Religious Services

Reading Room

Reading room

In 2000, former First Lady Hope Taft approached the Director about establishing a reading room for the children who visited their incarcerated parent at the Pickaway Correctional Institution. This idea spread across the state, and now the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction maintains children’s reading rooms in each prison.

The reading rooms encourage family literacy by providing a pleasant and comfortable setting for both child and incarcerated parent. Each room is stocked with a wide variety of children’s books and has an inmate narrator who reads to the visiting children twice a day. The role of the inmate narrator is to read picture books to the children in much the same manner that children’s hour would be done at a public library.

A variety of arts and craft supplies for the children are also available in most of the rooms. Many of the supplies and books are donated by employees and service organizations.