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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Grafton Correctional Institution


2500 South Avon Belden Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044


(440) 748-1161; Fax (440) 748-2521



Video Tour


Warden LaShann Eppinger

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1988
Total Acreage 1,782
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 217
Total Staff 367
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $47.46
Population as of 06/1/2016 2,074
Black Inmates 939
White Inmates 1,070
Other Inmates 65
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's - 1,274
2's - 798
3's -
4's -

Security Level Descriptions:

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

Family Information

Additional information for inmate family members and loved ones can be located through the below links:

Handbook for the Families, Friends, Supporters and Mentors of Northeast Ohio Offenders

Family Guide


 Hours - General Population

  • Visiting is held five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Visiting is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and State observed holidays. 
  • Saturday and Sunday visits are by reservation only.
  • Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:45 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 2:45 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Inmates are permitted visits based on their institutional number. 
    •  Inmates whose institutional number ends in an odd number are permitted visitation on odd numbered calendar days (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) except in the case of out-of-state visits.
    • Inmates whose institutional number ends in an even number are permitted visitation on even numbered calendar days (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) except in the case of out-of-state visits.
  • Saturday and Sunday Visits by Reservation:
    • Reservations will be taken by telephone only at 440-748-5767, starting at 5 p.m. on the Sunday before a Saturday visit day, and ending at 9 p.m. on the Friday before a Saturday visit, or until all reservations are full.  Reservations will be taken only during the week of the scheduled weekend visit day only and will not be taken prior to the designated time period.

Grafton Reintegration Center

  • Visiting hours at the Grafton Reintegration Center are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 
  • The morning session is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon session is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 Grafton Correctional Institution and Grafton Reintegration Center maintain video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:30PM – 3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM.  Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes may be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit.

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. 

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 6 a.m. to 9:30 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

Grafton 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 Adam Kastler at 440-748-1161, ext. 5402 or via email at Adam.Kastler@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

  • The Career Technical Horticulture Program is an educational program at GCI designed to offer inmates the opportunity to develop marketable skills in the horticulture field.  The one-year program, composed of both classroom and hands on training, prepares students to test for the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Certification.  Upon successful completion of all three exams in this test, inmates are granted the Interim Ohio Nursery Technician Master Status.  There is a five week program offered to short term offenders providing an overview of the program.  Plants and vegetables are grown and sold to staff providing a self-sustaining program.  In addition to the staff sales, several hundred pounds of produce are donated to the local food bank each year. 
  • Faith Based Family Reintegration Program is a program for offenders, their family members, sponsors and mentors.  The program is facilitated by GCI staff, Adult Parole Authority staff, and local clergy volunteers.  The program consists of 4 phases of tabletop exercises designed to involve the offender and his family in the development of a family reintegration plan (family contract).  The program participants will meet twice each month for 12 months.  The finished product will be a family plan that the offender and family members can use as a guide to help them work through reentry issues.  They will be encouraged to share their plan with the minister in the church they will be attending upon release from prison.

Inmate Programs


  • Braille Transcription and Bottling of Fragrances

Community Service

  • Dope is for Dopes
  • Animal Protective League of Lorain County
  • GCI Reading Room
  • Under the Wing - foster cats
  • Birthright of Lorain County - sewing, crocheting, quilting and cross stitch for Lorain neighborhood centers
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
  • ODOT - litter pick up
  • ConKerr Cancer - pillows
  • MidView Schools - assemble books for grade K-8

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Manager, Food Service
  • Recovery Operator
  • Screen Printer
  • Welder, Fitter



  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • Education Intensive Program Prison (EIPP)
  • 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

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS) - Hope Reintegration Center
  • Cable/Fiber Termination (C-TECH) - Hope Reintegration Center
  • Horticulture
  • Machine Trades
  • Medium/Heavy Truck (Diesel)
  • Welding

Advanced Job Training Program

  • Ashland University

Adoptable Dog Program

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

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.