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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Noble Correctional Institution


15708 McConnelsville Road
Caldwell, Ohio 43724


(740) 732-5188; Fax (740) 732-2651

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Tim Buchanan

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1996
Total Acreage 164
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 276
Total Staff 396
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $37.41
Population as of 07/01/2016 2,482
Black Inmates 888
White Inmates 1,538
Other Inmates 56
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's: 827
2's: 1,643


Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • Visiting is offered five days a week (Wednesday - Sunday) from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by reservation only. Reservations may be made by calling 740-732-2368.
  • 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.

Video Visitation

The Noble Correctional Institution maintains two (2) video visiting kiosks in every housing unit. Video visits are offered 7 days a week and on all holidays. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30-10:30 AM; 12:30-3:30 PM; and 5:30-8:30 PM. All visitation rules apply that would apply as if the visitor were to visit in person at the institution.  Also, be advised that video visits may be monitored AT ANY TIME and are recorded and may be terminated for any visiting rule violations. 

Video visits may be set up by following the link to J-Pay on our visiting web page. There are a maximum of 4 video visits at a time at NCI.  All video visits must be made through J-pay at least 24 hours in advance.  Video visits are 30 minutes in length.

 There is no video visiting ability for segregation inmates.  There are no limits on the amount of video visits an inmate may have.  All individuals requesting a video visit must be an approved or tentatively approved visitor.

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff has taken place.  Any approved visitor 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. Visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 6 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

Noble 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 Gary Eno at 740-732-5188, ext. 3555 or via email at Gary.Eno@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

  • Canine Care Program. This program is designed to rescue dogs that have been left at the local animal shelters and have not been adopted. The inmates train the dogs for basic obedience to make them more desirable to be adopted. We currently have 24 dogs being trained. All the dogs are received from Guernsey, Washington, and Monroe counties.
  • Carpentry Career Enhancement classes are designed for inmates with short term sentences.  These programs are available to inmates with 45 to 365 days left on their sentence and each Career Enhancement program is 5 weeks in duration.  The topics covered in this course include: employability skills, basic tape measure skills, basic print reading, terminology and purpose of wall components, Wall layout, wall construction, and a 10 hour OSHA safety training.  Each inmate receives a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Various County Children Services - care sacks
  • Various county WIC and Help Me Grow programs - baby blankets
  • Haven of Hope and Eve (domestic violence shelters) - hygiene donations, crochet afghans, donate art work
  • Various assisted living programs and county homes, crochet blankets and adult bibs
  • Prom decorations - local high schools
  • Habitat for Humanity - construct cornhole games and picnic tables
  • Gardening - donate food to senior citizens agency
  • Canine Care program
  • Vehicle repairs for state and county agencies

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • ABE
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Special Education
  • Computer Lab
  • Pro-Literacy Tutor Training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Service Learning Training
  • Transitional Education Television


  • Residential wiring
  • Carpentry
  • Turf management
  • Plastering and drywall
  • Apprenticeship

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 the child. 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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