Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction





For Immediate Release                                                                                      November 14, 2007



Ohio Prison Population Reaches All Time High


(Columbus) - Yesterday, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins announced that the inmate population has reached an all time high of 50,016 inmates. Since February 2005 there has been an increase of nearly 6,500 inmates into Ohio’s 32 prisons. Projections indicate that the population will continue to climb.


“Reaching and exceeding an inmate population of 50,000 is not a cause for celebration, but it is important that we let the citizens of this State know that we have reached an all time high with our inmate population”, stated Director Collins. “We will continue to be good stewards of the resources we have been allocated and continue to ensure safe, secure and humane environments for staff, inmates and the community. The employees of this Department do an excellent job managing this ever increasing population”, said Collins.


The increase in inmate population can not be attributed to any specific cause as there are numerous reasons which include the following:



Ohio is the nation’s seventh largest prison system with 32 prisons.  There are three female facilities and one female camp, 29 male facilities, two which are privately operated but house Ohio inmates.

For further information please contact the DRC Bureau of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.