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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
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $64.57
Population as of 06/01/16 1,718
Black Inmates 866
White Inmates 784
Other Inmates 65
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's: 126
2's: 409
3's: 1,175

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


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

Lorain Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in its general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 6:00 AM – 11:00AM; 12:00PM – 4:00PM; and 5:00PM – 9:00PM. Visits are 30 minutes in duration. An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an applicationfor visitation, processing has been completed and approved by institutional staff 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.  

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 Louis Pollard at 440-748-1049, ext. 345 or via email at Louis.Pollard@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

  • Lorain Correctional Institution’s newest program and inmate group is our Bee Keeping Program. In an effort to increase cadre programming with a focus on green initiatives, Lorain adopted a well received Beekeeping Program in November of 2012.  100,000 bees were installed into hives in April 2013 and by the end of the year that number grew to over 1 million bees.  Classes are held once a week for two hours and cover honeybee biology, equipment and hive maintenance, pollination, and queen rearing, as well as entertaining guest speakers from the surrounding beekeeping community. All of the hives were designed and constructed by the inmates in the program. The pollination benefits of having bees at this facility will positively affect the surrounding community within a five mile radius.  A small harvest was experienced (as expected during the first year), however during the coming years we plan to donate honey to the surrounding food banks and local shelters.  An added benefit to this program is the writing and editorial skills inmates gain by creating a monthly newsletter. Beekeeping skills are skills that are marketable in the community.       

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • LorCI/ARF Dog Foster Program

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Adult Basic 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

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Animal Trainer
  • Baker
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Janitor
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Material Handler
  • Plumber
  • Recovery Operator

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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