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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Montgomery Education Pre-Release Center


P. O. Box 17399
1901 South Gettysburg Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45418


(937) 262-9853


(937) 268-7960


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Warden Lawrence Mack

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1994
Total Acreage 15
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 73
Total Staff 122
GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $84.10
Population as of 10/09 326
Black Inmates 191
White Inmates 135 
Hispanic Inmates 0
Other Inmates 1
Escapes/Walkways 2009 0
Security Level 1

Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • Wednesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 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.


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

Unique Programs

  • Administrative Office Technology program is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for completers to obtain initial employment in business with the ability to function as a productive participant in our society.  Therefore, all students are provided with opportunities to acquire this knowledge and to develop the skills and abilities to make this transition effective especially in keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  Alternative learning experiences are available for students who find it difficult to learn through traditional methods.  The opportunity to develop employability skills, to enhance academic proficiency, to develop skills necessary for initial employment and retention, and an appreciation of the concepts of lifelong learning are emphasized in all aspects of the program.
  • Work and Family Life Course:  This program is a 180-hour course designed to help students develop skills in the areas of life planning, resource management, nutrition and wellness, professional development, family relations, and parenting.  Students will learn how to balance the demands of family responsibilities and employment, including, but not limited to, accessing and evaluating information, setting and achieving goals, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and cooperative skills.  Classroom activities include discussions, research, food preparation, community service projects, and other hands-on activities.  The class meets five hours daily, Monday through Friday.  Most students complete the course in about two months.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Train dogs for Pilot Dog Program
  • Trash pickup for the Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Montgomery County Parks litter pickup
  • Handle mailings for the Greater Dayton Humane Society
  • Train dogs for the Greater Dayton Humane Society
  • Button assembly for various organizations
  • Work with Montgomery County Children's Services
  • City of Dayton recycling program

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Peer tutoring
  • Pre-Release
  • Fast track GED
  • Sinclair Community College, college credit classes
  • Vocational class: hazardous waste removal, asbestos abatement, construction surveying basics, entrepreneurship


  • Building maintenance
  • Work and family living skills
  • Landscape and horticulture
  • Baking

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 of the 32 institutions.

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. This past year the Department served over 45,000 children. The inmate narrators worked over 32,000 hours in reading to and with the children.

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