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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Ross Correctional Institution



P. O. Box 7010
16149 State Rt. 104
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


(740) 774-7050; Fax (740) 774-7055

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Mark Hooks

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1987
Total Acreage 1,707
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 364
Total Staff 494
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $51.77
Population as of 07/01/16 2,033
Black Inmates 1,128
White Inmates 871
Other Inmates 34
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's - 0
2's - 161
 3's -4's - 1,852

Security Level Descriptions:

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


Effective September 1, 2013, RCI  will have new visiting rules.  Click here to view these rules.


Ross Correctional Institution:

  • Visiting is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and all State Holidays.

  • Visiting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Inmates with numbers ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) will visit on even numbered dates.

  • Inmates with numbers ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) will visit on odd numbered dates.

  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 1:00 p.m.

Visiting Wednesday through Sunday

  • Reservations are accepted "one calendar month" in advance with only one reservation made per request and no later than 48 hours before the scheduled visit.

How to Make a Reservation

Reservations can be made through phone calls ONLY.

  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by calling (740) 774-7050, ext. 2202 Wednesday through Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • Requests without specifying the number of visitors to attend the visit may be denied.

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


Video Visitation

The Ross Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours available for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:30PM3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM. Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if another visit was not already scheduled on the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the requestor’s initial visit.

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. Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requesting.  

Video visitation kiosks are available to all general population inmates in their housing units.   Inmates in restrictive housing (segregation) are not permitted video visits.   All visitation rules and regulations for video visitation are the same as institutional visits.  Violation of visiting rules during video visitation might result in a loss of visiting privileges.    All video visits are monitored, recorded, and/or reviewed after the video visit session.  Video visitation is limited to only approved and tentatively approved visitors.  Video visits might be stopped if a violation of visiting rules is observed

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 6 a.m. to 6 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


Volunteers in Prison

Ross 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 Chris Markko at 740-774-7050, ext. 2519 or via email at Chris.Markko@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 Cognitive Behavior Therapy program is structured as a three (3) month Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) Program treatment program utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the main approach of treatment. The New Life program is specifically targeted toward people who have chronic problems with substance abuse and criminal behavior.  The program provides a positive environment where people who have similar problems can live and work together to improve their lives. Provisions are made so the environment is cohesive within the program milieu. Therefore, the Staff of New Life Program is providing the highest degree of comprehensive quality care including; chemical dependency education, counseling, healthy life choices, and a life of sobriety.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Crayons to Computers
  • Job and Family Services - sewing teddy bears
  • Job and Family Services - wrapping holiday presents
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Canine for Companies


  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED


  • Carpentry
  • Barbering
  • 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. This past year the Department served over 45,000 children. The inmate narrators worked over 32,000 hours in reading to and with the children.

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