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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Lorain Correctional Institution


2075 South Avon-Belden Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044


(440) 748-1049; Fax (440) 748-2191

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Institutional Information

Date Opened 1990
Total Acreage 111
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 270
Total Staff 416
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $64.51
Population as of 04/14 1,541
Black Inmates 739
White Inmates 742
Other Inmates 60
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels
1's: 259
2's: 412
3's: 868

Security Level Descriptions:

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


Effective May 15, 2013


  •  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Morning Session)
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Afternoon Session)

  • Visitation hours are the same for all inmates, regardless of assigned visiting day.  To determine assigned visiting day, please see the appropriate section below.

  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:30 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 1:00 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.

  • We recommend visitors arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the visiting session to complete registration paperwork and review documentation.

  • Visiting is closed for all inmates on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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

  Reception Status Inmates (newly received from the county)

  • Tuesday - Friday (no reservation required)

  • Reception inmates with numbers ending in an even number (0, 2,4,6,8,) may have visitation on even number dates.

  • Reception inmates with numbers ending in odd numbers (1,3,5,7,9) may have visitation on odd number dates.

  • Reception inmates may receive 4 visits per month, no more than 2 per visitor. Each session counts as a separate visit.

  • Reception inmates are allowed weekend visitation with their school age children with prior approval.  However, the initial visit must take place on a weekday for verification and documentation of relationship.

  • Visitors of reception inmates are permitted to download and bring the completed visitor application with them on their first visit.  You may obtain the visitor application from our visiting page.

  • ALL VISITORS must prove relationship to the inmate.

  Cadre Inmates only:

  • CADRE VISITORS ONLY are required to make a reservation prior to visiting.

  • Visits are permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, and all holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There will be no visits scheduled on Mondays regardless of a holiday.

  • All visitors must be approved by Unit Staff prior to visiting.

  • Cadre inmates may receive 4 visits each month  Each session counts as a separate visit.

  • Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to the visit and up to 14 days in advance.

  • Approved visitors should make a reservation by calling 440-748-1049, ext. 399 Monday through Friday between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Any cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance, or the visit will be counted as a visit for the month.

  • Visitors may only make a reservation for one session and one offender during a call.

  • Each visitor will receive a confirmation number which he or she will be required to bring the day of the visit.

 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

  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of 4 visitors per inmate at one time, including walking children, unless special arrangements have been made in advance. 

  • All inmates housed in the Special Management unit are permitted visitation Tuesday through Friday only.  Inmates housed in Local Control Status or Disciplinary Control will receive a one hour visit per month.

  • No money is permitted in the visitation room.  Visitors may purchase a vending card with a $5 bill to buy food items during the visit.

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


Phone Calls

  • Newly received inmates do not have access to the telephones for the first 5 - 7 days following their arrival at LorCI.

  • Thereafter, reception inmates generally have access to the phones 5 days per week, at various times throughout the day.

  • Information on inmate telephone service and access is located at Offender Phone Services.

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



Inmate Releases

Inmates with expired sentences or release have a choice of being picked up at the institution or being transported by LorCI to the nearest bus station. During the week, family members may pick up a released offender at 10:00 a.m., families should arrive a ½ hour prior.  For releases taking place on a weekend or holidays, families should arrive after 8:00 a.m. and no later than 10:00 a.m.

Release times are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution first to verify the offender's release.

What Offenders and Families Need to know

Volunteers in Prison

Lorain 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 Laura Solnick at 440-748-1049, ext. 242 or via email at Laura.Solnick@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

  • Biggest Loser is designed to encourage offenders to take the first step in making a powerful choice to do something positive about their health….CHOOSING TO MOVE. Taking action to avoid becoming a victim of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, stress, and high blood pressure as well as lowering the risk of developing diabetes is the main objective of the program. The program meets every other week, focusing on developing new skills that will help offenders meet their short term goals that are the building blocks for long-term, life changing health and wellness goals. The program taps into local community resources by utilizing two volunteers who specialize in designing Health & Wellness Programs for Corporations throughout the United States. Together, they weigh each participant, take blood pressure, measure height and waist, and then complete a BMI index. From there each participant will have an individualized plan of action developed. Adding the element of “competition” to the program inspires the participants not only to work hard and dedicate themselves to making life style changes it provides the group with the much needed encouragement and motivation to succeed. Prizes are awarded at the end of the program in several different weight loss categories.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • LorCI/ARF Dog Foster Program

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Fast Track GED
  • Career Scope

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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