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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Chillicothe Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 5500
15802 State Route 104 North
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-7080; Fax (740) 779-5398

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Charlotte Jenkins

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1966
Total Acreage 72
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 349
Total Staff 540 
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $45.28
Population as of 7/01/16 2,781
Black Inmates 891
White Inmates 1,791
Other Inmates 99
Escapes/Walkways 2015 0
Security Levels
1's - 786
2's -
3's    4's   
Death Row 129

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Daily    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Morning Session)
               1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   (Afternoon Session)
               5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (SATURDAYS ONLY)
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 10:00 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 3:15 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Effective July 1, 2011 visiting will be closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • 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. 
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by calling 740-774-7085 days per week, between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. or by emailing: drc.visitationCCI@odrc.state.oh.us 
  • Approved visitors may also request a reservation via U.S. Mail but must provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return confirmation.
  • Scheduled visitors are asked to call the cancellation line at 740-774-7086 if you need to cancel a reservation or send an email to drc.visitationCCI@odrc.state.oh.us 

Video Visitation

The Chillicothe Correctional Institution has visiting kiosks available in all general population housing units. Video visitation is available 7 days per week. The hours available for video visitations are 7:00-10:00 AM, 12:00-4:00 PM, and 5:00-8:00 PM. Visits are thirty (30) minutes in duration, but an additional thirty minutes can be scheduled if the kiosk is not scheduled immediately after your scheduled video visit.  Video visitation reservations must be made twenty-four (24) hours in advance and are subject to first-come, first-serve availability.

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. 

Video visitation kiosks are available to all general population inmates in their housing units.   Inmates in restrictive housing (segregation) are not permitted video visits.   All visitation rules and regulations for video visitation are the same as institutional visits.  Violation of visiting rules during video visitation might result in a loss of visiting privileges.    All video visits are monitored, recorded, and/or reviewed after the video visit session.  Video visitation is limited to only approved and tentatively approved visitors.  Video visits might be stopped if a violation of visiting rules is observed

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of five visitors per inmate at one time, including children.

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

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.  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

Chillicothe 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 Kelly Lott at 740-774-7080, ext. 2523 or via email at Kelly.Lott@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

  • Therapeutic Community: In January of 2014, CCI was selected to house a Therapeutic Community dorm. Currently twelve offenders have been selected as the core group in the unit and are being trained by staff to help more offenders that will be housed in the unit. The TC program centers around the community as a primary agent of change and a second fundamental TC principle is “self-help.” This implies the individuals in the program are the main contributors to the change process.  TC participants are expected to become role models who actively reflect the values and teachings of the community. Ordered routine activities are intended to counter the characteristically disordered lives of these residents and teach them how to plan, set, and achieve goals and be accountable.
  • Inmate Reintegration Unit: The Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction provide reentry programming for offenders. CCI opened a Reintegration dorm that was specifically designed to meet the offenders programming needs. This unit was designed as the last step for inmates to gain skills that will equip them to become productive members of society. The Reintegration Unit is based on a pro-social model of integrating institutional and community resources to facilitate re-entry and reduce recidivism.

Inmate Programs


  • Chair factory
  • Mattress factory
  • Vehicle modification

Community Service

  • Wet Kisses and Wagging Tails Rescue
  • St. Joseph's Church - rosary making
  • Ronald McDonald House - pop tab collection
  • Pioneer School - picnic tables
  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry and AmVets
  • Crayons to Computers - flash cards, hats, scarves, and mittens
  • Ross County YMCA and Southern Ohio Survivors - making hats for cancer patients
  • Salvation Army - refinishing church pews
  • Ross County Job and Family Services - making mittens, hats, and scarves for children in foster care
  • Art Club/AmVets - VFW - donated art pieces

Adoptable Dog Program

Many institutions participate in fostering and training abandoned dogs for adoption.



  • Adult Basic 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


Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Carpentry
  • Construction Technologies
  • Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning
  • Welding

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Animal Trainer
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • HVAC
  • Janitor
  • Recovery Operator

Advanced Job Training Program

  • Ashland University

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.

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