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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution


2338 North West Street
Lima, Ohio 45801


(419) 224-8000; Fax (419) 224-5828

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden James Haviland

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1988
Total Acreage 77
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 307
Total Staff 470
FY 15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $71.88
Population as of 06/01/16 1,637
Black Inmates 665
White Inmates 943
Other Inmates 29
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's: 724
2's: 888


Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • 7 days a week - 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Visiting at the Oakwood Unit is by reservation only.

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

Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit in addition to protective custody and residential treatment units. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:30PM – 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.  Approved visitors may visit www.jpay.com for additional information

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 7 a.m. to 7 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

Allen Oakwood 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 Crystal Ester at 419-224-8000, ext. 2233 or via email at Crystal.Ester@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

  • Apprenticeship Program: Apprenticeship provides opportunities for eligible inmates to acquire new skills in a variety of trades, while preparing them for reentry, instilling confidence and making them more marketable for future employment.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Assistance Dogs of America
  • Prisoners Helping Dogs
  • Quilting-Knitting Program
  • Art/Air Brush Program
  • Bicycle Repair
  • Various Inmate Groups (Jaycees, etc.)
  • Mats for homeless

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Janitor
  • Plumber
  • Quality Control Inspector

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • Transitional Education Program (TEP)

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Ohio Re-Entry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Title One Services

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Horticulture
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Resilient Flooring

Advanced Job Training Program

  • Sinclair Community College

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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