Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



For Immediate Release: October 14, 1998

 New Prison Will Feature Vocational Studies

(Mansfield) --- Ceremonies marking the official opening of Ohio's 31st prison took place in Mansfield today.  The Richland Correctional Institution (RiCI) will focus on building vocational skills that can help offenders find jobs after they have served their time.

"Our primary focus will always be public safety and security, but we also have a responsibility to offer law breakers the opportunity to turn their lives around," said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  "Richland prisoners will spend their incarceration in a productive manner, earning certification in areas such as barbering, carpentry, turf management, plumbing and auto repair," he continued.   "Our goal is to release these men back into society ready, willing and able to get and keep a job, build a life and support their families."  The facility joins the Montgomery Education and Pre-Release Center in Dayton as Ohio's second "theme" prison.  Montgomery's programming is geared toward helping inmates earn high school diplomas.

Richland is a $45 million, 1,855-bed, medium-security prison located on the grounds of the Mansfield Correctional Institution.   RiCI will employ approximately 500 staff when fully operational.  The compound is comprised of eleven buildings including five two-story housing units, an administrative building, a segregation wing, infirmary, recreation, and a multi-purpose programming area.   The largest building contains classrooms and vocational areas, a library, inmate and employee dining areas, a laundry, quartermaster and commissary.

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.