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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Marion Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 57
940 Marion-Williamsport Road
Marion, Ohio 43302


(740) 382-5781; Fax (740) 387-8736

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Jason Bunting

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1954
Total Acreage 1,032
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 296
Total Staff 446
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $45.18
Population as of 5/01/16 2,623
Black Inmates 1,277
White Inmates 1,268
Other Inmates 78
Escapes/Walkaways 2016 0
Security Levels

Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • Visiting is available 7 days a week by reservation only.  Reservations can be made:
    •  by calling 740-382-5781, selection Option #2, during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    • by completing the reservation form while on a visit and either mailing the form back or checking with visiting staff at the conclusion of the visit.
    • by emailing your request to drc.visitationmci@odrc.state.oh.us.
  • Visiting hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • No holiday visitation.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change. Please call the institution to verify hours before planning a visit.

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

Video Visitation

Marion Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:00PM – 3:30PM; and 5:00PM – 8:00PM.  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. An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval 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. 


  • 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

Marion 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 Timothy Smith at 740-382-5781, ext. 2346 or via email at Timothy.Smith@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

25 and Under Programming

  • F.Y.I. - Finding your IT:  Periodic educational, recreational, community-building events which bring together young men and those who support them to explore their "IT."
  • H.O.P.E. (Helping Ourselves/Others Pursue Excellence: Mentorship focusing on self transcendence, communal self-awareness and introspection.
  • Kairos Torch:  Kairos is an encounter with the Christian Community at a retreat weekend. It continues with a six-month mentoring program after the initial weekend.
  • Life After the Game: A peer led group designed to challenge the negative principles and values of a criminal lifestyle.
  • Step to the Beat Team: Developed to promote creative rhythmic movement and sound through disciplined physical moves and "steps" which incorporates the utilization of common items to produce percussive beats.

Inmate Programs


  • OPI Wood Furniture Shop
  • OPI Metal Fabrication
  • OPI Graphics

Community Service

  • Dog Program
  • Wildlife Program
  • Reptile Program
  • Bicycle Program
  • Karl Road Christian Church - crocheting
  • Furniture bank
  • Crayons to Computers - sewing and flash cards
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Props
  • PNN - printing/video work

Adoptable Dog Program

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



  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Marion Technical College


  • Welding
  • Auto mechanics
  • Agriculture
  • Carpentry School
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Administrative Office Technology

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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