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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Pickaway Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 209
11781 St. Route 762
Orient, Ohio 43146


(614) 877-4362; Fax (614) 877-4514

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Charles Bradley

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1984
Total Acreage 1,803
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 240
Total Staff 465
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $66.08
Population as of 01/04/16 2088
Black Inmates 793.
White Inmates 1,263
Other Inmates 32
Escapes/Walkways 2015 0
Security Levels
1's - 1331
2's - 716
3's -
4's -
5's - 0

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Visiting is closed for all inmates on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thanksgiving, Christmas

  • General Population:  The designated weekday to visit a PCI General Population inmate, including those housed at the Frazier Health Center, will be based on the last digit of the inmate's institutional number. 

    Visitation is available on the following dates and times:
  • Monday                         8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Inmate numbers ending with even number (0,2,4,6,8)
  • Thursday                        8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Open for all inmates, regardless of inmate number
  • Friday                            8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Inmate numbers ending with odd number (1,3,5,7,9)
  • Saturday and Sunday      8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    By reservation only
  • The visiting lobby open at 7:45 a.m. and processing begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Visitors must be processed in no later than 2:00 p.m. on any given day.
  • In the event that the visiting room becomes full, visits will be terminated on a first in, first out basis.

  • Cadre Inmates Living in Unit A1: 
    Monday, Thursday, Fridays     8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    All inmates are eligible on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Saturday and Sunday             8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    By reservation only

  • Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.


  • Visiting is permitted on a first-come, first-serve basis on Monday, Thursday, and Fridays.
  • Reservations are required to visit on weekends and/or state holidays.  
  • Reservations are accepted 6 months in advance but the number of reservations made at one time may be limited based on space considerations.
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by emailing DRC.VisitationPCI@odrc.state.oh.us
  • Approved visitors may also request a reservation via U.S. Mail but must provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return confirmation.

Video Visitation

The Pickaway Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 8:00 AM – 11:00AM; 1:00PM – 4:00PM; and 6:00PM – 9:00PM.  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. Approved visitors may request a video visit.   Approved visitors must create an account and register with JPay. When approved visitors 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.  Visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Approved visitors may visit up to four times per month.
  • Only five visitors are permitted to visit an inmate at one time.

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

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  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



Volunteers in Prison

Pickaway 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 Darryl May at 614-877-4362, ext. 2002 or via email at Darryl.May@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

  • The Oasis Therapeutic Community (TC) is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Pickaway Correctional Institution servicing male offenders with substance abuse problems. OASIS stands for “Our Awareness of Self Increases Success” and the name was created by its first residents. TC focuses the residents on right living in a pro-social community and recovery through a shared therapeutic structure that includes communal meetings, encounter groups, education, organized recreation, and the like. There are 2 paths in OASIS: one is an Intensive Program Prison model that runs 4 months at PCI and 3 months in the community. The other is a long term program running 9-12 months in the institution. Residents are held to a high degree of accountability. Staff are there to help guide and assist, but the residents are the primary role models holding each other to a high standard.  TC has proven very effective in helping offenders “go home to stay”.
  • OPI Print Shop is a full service "sheet fed" printing facility.  It employs offenders in the production of official forms, business cards, brochures, training manuals, flyers, bindery, quick copy digital production, typesetting, quality assurance, inventory and packaging.
  • Sinclair Community College began offering Advanced Job Training courses during fall of 2012.  Certificate offerings are designed to increase employability upon release from incarceration.  Certificates range from one semester to three semesters in duration and include the following options: Food Production Specialist, Bakery Specialist, Pastry Specialist, Social Service Assistant, Communication Specialist, User Support Technician, Re-entry Preparation, Entrepreneurship and Business Foundations, and Supply Chain Technician.   Courses are taught by Sinclair Community College faculty both traditionally and via distance learning.  Students receive the same caliber of instruction in the institutional setting that they would if they were attending classes at any of Sinclair's campuses.  The students are further supported by a twenty computer lab where they can work on assignments and hone their computer skills in preparation for their re-entry into society.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Crayons to Computers
  • Pilot Dogs

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • OPI Modular furniture
  • OPI Print Shop
  • DRC Meat Processing Career Center
  • OPI Beverage Processing Career Center
  • OPI Warehouse


  • Literacy unit
  • Pre-GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Sinclair Community College


  • 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.