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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Southeastern Correctional Complex


5900 B.I.S. Road
Lancaster, Ohio 43130


(740) 653-4324; Fax (740) 653-6155

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Sheri Duffey

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1980
Total Acreage 1,377
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 273
Total Staff 461
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $48.67
Population as of 06/13 2,070
Black Inmates 821
White Inmates 1,222
Other Inmates 61
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels
1's - 867
2's -
3's -
4's - 

Hocking Unit
P. O. Box 59, 16759 Snake Hollow Rd
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
(740) 753-1917; Fax (740) 753-4277

The Hocking Unit is an annex of the Southeastern Correctional Complex located in Nelsonville, 30 miles from the main compound in Lancaster. This unit houses approximately 450 older offenders.

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Thursday - Monday           
    • Lancaster facility: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (begin processing at 8 am)
    • Hocking facility: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (begin processing at 8:15 am)
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:45 a.m. for morning visiting sessions during the week and 9:15 a.m. for morning sessions on a weekend.  Visitors must be processed in no later than 2:00 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Visiting is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and all State Holidays.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.

New Visiting Rules effective June 1, 2013. 


  • Visiting reservations are required for all visiting sessions. Reservations shall be scheduled in one of the following ways:
    • By telephone - 1-866-907-4516- Thursday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • At institution during scheduled visit.
      • Lancaster facility: 11 am to 11:30 am and 2:30 pm to 3 pm using the visiting room phone to call.
      • Hocking facility: 11:30 am and 3 p.m. upon exiting.
    • By email DRC.visitationSCI@odrc.state.oh.us. Visitors must provide the below information:
      • Name and number of inmate with whom they are requesting a visit;
      • Names of all approved visitors requesting the visit and relationship of all visitors to inmate;
      • Date of the requested visit and either morning, afternoon, or all day session (if eligible).
      • Any special accommodations requested.
      • Once received, reservation requests shall be processed and an email response shall be returned to sender within 48 hours of the institution receiving the email (excluding Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and holidays).
  • Reservations can only be made two months in advance.
  • Reservation requests must be made no less than 48 hours in advance.
  • Reservations are approved on a first requested basis.
  • All day visits shall count as one visit.
  • When your visit is approved, you will receive a confirmation number for your visit which you will be required to provide upon your arrival.
  • Once approved you may cancel your visit by using one of the three listed methods for reservations, but it must be cancelled at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Visitors who do not arrive for a reserved visit and fail to cancel said visit at least 48 hours in advance will have the visit count against their total for the month.

 Video Visitation

Video visitation may be available. Please contact the institution for available video visitation hours and visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Click here for institution specific visiting privileges

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

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 8 a.m. to 8 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


  • Written correspondence to inmates must include the inmate's name and number on the envelope and be addressed to the appropriate institution.

Volunteers in Prison

Southeastern Correctional Complex 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 Karrie Hupka at 740-653-4324, ext. 2001 or via email at Karrie.Hupka@odrc.state.oh.us

Unique Programs

  • Harvest:   The Recovery Services Department at the Southeastern Correctional Institution offers a reentry-approved, earned credit-approved three month cognitive behavioral therapy alcohol and drug treatment program.  The Harvest Intensive Outpatient treatment program focuses on helping participants develop cognitive strategies and positive behavioral skills to restructure their lifestyle. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are eligible for continuing care services that include professionally facilitated group meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous fellowship meetings. 
  •  Intensive Program Prison (IPP): The IPP program is a voluntary program that allows the offender a second chance to change.  Program eligibility is determined at the reception phase of the offender's incarceration.  The offender completes ninety days of actual incarceration and is then placed on post release supervision for an appropriate period of time.  The SCI IPP Environmentally Conscientious Opportunities (ECO) system incorporates three components, education, skill development, and programming to provide the participant with work related skills, training, and experience to increase their understanding of environmental issues and the green economy, while simultaneously strengthening their academic and labor market skills, thus enhancing their opportunity for gainful employment upon release from incarceration. 

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Teddy Bears
  • Wings - sweaters
  • Second Chance Companions - training puppies
  • Roses for the Chaplain
  • SCI Reclaimers - Recycling

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Health Tech cleaning supplies


  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Literacy unit
  • Sinclair College


  • Building Maintenance
  • Electrician
  • Farm Worker
  • HVAC
  • Janitorial
  • Plumbing
  • Recovery Operator
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Welding

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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