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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Franklin Medical Center


P. O. Box 23658
1990 Harmon Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43223


(614) 445-5960; Fax (614) 445-7040

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Norman Robinson

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1993
Total Acreage 8
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 382
Total Staff 553
FY 15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Population as of 04/01/2016 648
Black Inmates 215
White Inmates 420
Other Inmates 13
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels 1    -  
2    -  
3    -  
4A  - 
4B  -
Death Row -


Visiting -

FMC Zone A and B is by reservation only.  The following is the information needed to schedule visits:

  • Phone: 614-445-5960 and the following prompt: for visiting press #5

  • Email: DRC.VisitationFMC@odrc.state.oh.us

  • Mail: Franklin Medical Center
            P. O. Box 23658
            1990 Harmon Avenue
            Columbus, OH 43223

Zone A

Effective July 10, 2016, the visiting procedures and hours at the Franklin Medical Center Zone A will be as follows: 

1.   Each inmate will be allowed a maximum of 4 visits per month.

2.   Each inmate’s approved visitor will be allowed to schedule only two visits per month (once the maximum of 4 is reached, no other visits will be scheduled for the month).

3.   Cancellation of visits must be done within 72 hours prior to the scheduled visit.

4.   Two (2) no shows for scheduled visits will result in forfeiture of scheduling for 30 days.

5.   All scheduled visits will count as one visit toward the 4 monthly visits (all day visits will count as two (2) visits).

Morning session 7:00am – 10:00am (visitors must arrive no later than 9:00am to be permitted in for this session).

Afternoon Session 11:00am – 2:00pm (visitors must arrive no later than 1:00pm to be permitted in for this session).

  • Sunday -
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Females
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Males
  • Monday -
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Males
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Males
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Males
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Females
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Females
  • Wednesday -
    • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m - Bedside visits
    • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Bedside visits
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Bedside visits
  • Thursday
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Females
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Females
  • Friday -
    • 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Males
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females
  • Saturday -
    • 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Females
    • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Females

 Zone B

  • Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    • 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (visitors must arrive by 10:00 a.m. to be permitted in for this session)
    • 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (visitors must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to be permitted in for this session)
     Visiting is closing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and all State holidays

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.

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

Video Visitation

The Franklin Medical Center is equipped with video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 8:30 AM-10:00AM; 11:30AM – 3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM and days are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit.

Only approved visitors are permitted to schedule video visits.  Individuals must verify with the respective offender their visiting status.  Once approved, individuals may contact JPay to create an account.  JPay will then give instructions on how to proceed in setting up the video visit.  Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requested. Visiting is a privilege we want all to enjoy and the expectation is that all institutional rules that apply to in-house visits will apply to video visits. The institution does have the ability to monitor all video visits. Visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution (Zone A).  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

The Franklin Medical Center 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 Victoria Hubbard at 614-445-5960, ext. 2019 or via email at Victoria.Hubbard@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

  • Three Medical Units provide inpatient medical services to inmate-patients in need of intensive skilled medical and nursing care. Two units house patients with short-term needs. The third unit provides specialized care for those patients with significant long-term medical needs and/or with significant physical disabilities.
  • The CARE (Creating A Responsive Environment for the Terminally Ill) program provides palliative and holistic end-of-life care for inmates suffering from advanced terminal illness. A multidisciplinary team addresses the medical, mental health, spiritual and daily assistance needs of each inmate-patient. The involvement of family members and Stephen Ministry community volunteers and inmate companions also support the program's goal of providing the inmate the opportunity to die with dignity.
  • The Family Reunification Program encompasses special events designed to strengthen family bonds. These include annual Father/Child Father's Day, Teen Event, Birthday and Holiday celebrations, Mother's Day programs and Family Worship opportunities that bring families together for days of talking, sharing and fun activities.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio
  • Pilot Dogs
  • Crayons to Computers

Social Service

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Religious Programming
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Mental Health Programming
  • Reentry
  • Victim Awareness
  • Release Preparation
  • Thinking for Change
  • Responsible Family Life Skills


  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Drafter, Detail
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Materials Coordinator
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Recovery Operator



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

Education Services

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

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Graduation, Reality and Dual Role Skills (GRADS)

Religious Services