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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Richland Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 8107
1001 Olivesburg Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44905


(419) 526-2100; Fax (419) 521-2810

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Maggie Bradshaw

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1998
Total Acreage 78
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 268
Total Staff 419
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $38.92
Population as of 07/01/16 2,613
Black Inmates 1,304
White Inmates 1,232
Other Inmates 77
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's - 1,041
2's - 1,572
3's - 0
4's -
5's - 

Security Level Descriptions:

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


Please do not plan on arriving at the institution prior to 7:15 a.m.

  • Visiting is by reservation only.  Please call 419-526-2100, Extension 0, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Visiting hours are held Tuesday through Saturday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Visitors must arrive no later than 2 p.m. No visits on holidays.
  • 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

Video visitation may be available. Please contact the institution for available video visitation hours and visit www.jpay.com for additional application and fee information.


  • 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

Richland 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 Rhonda Evans at 419-526-2100, ext. 2041 or via email Rhonda.Evans@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

  • Pound Puppy Program: The Pound Puppy program trains 7 to 8 dogs each cycle, which lasts 7 weeks. The dogs are taught 5 basic commands and 2 certified instructor volunteers are utilized from the Richland County Dog Kennel Club. The program works in conjunction with Kind Hands 4 Paws (Zanesville), Logan County Shelter (Bellevue), and Mid Ohio Animal Welfare League.
  • Reintegration Housing Unit: The Reintegration Housing Unit seeks to provide offenders with a pro social environment conducive for self development. The unit focuses upon instilling responsibility and accountability by offering a variety of programming to address criminogenic needs, as well as meaningful activities and community service.
  • Commercial Drivers License Program:  This is a career enhancement program that allows an offender to take the written exam for a commercial driver's license. Upon successful completion of the exam, the offender will engage in a four week training program administered by Trainco, a professional truck driving school.  This program includes 40 hours of instructional classroom work followed by three weeks of pre-trip vehicle inspection, maneuverability, and road test.
  • Recovery Residential Unit: The Recovery Bay Residential unit seeks to work with unit staff and recovery service staff to provide a residential unit that encourages a therapeutic environment to address recovery needs. Offenders that are participating in the 90 day Intensive Outpatient Program, which is provided by Recovery Services staff and functions to install knowledge into offenders regarding the disease of chemical dependency and its effect on the various areas of the offenders' life reside in the housing unit. This programming is approached in a holistic manner rather than strictly discussing substance abuse, and offenders receive 9 hours of group work for 12 weeks.
  • Roots of Success: This program is an environmental literacy program consisting of ten modules: Fundamentals of Environmental Literacy; Water; Waste; Transportation; Energy; Building; Health, Food & Agriculture; Community Organizing & Leadership; Application and Practice; Financial Literacy & Social Entrepreneurship. Upon completion of the program, the offenders will receive a certificate of completion nationally recognized by various sectors for green collared jobs.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Pound Puppy Program
  • ToyTime
  • Stamps for Kids
  • Reading Room Narrator
  • Dog Grooming
  • Project Linus
  • St. Jude's Card Collection
  • Mats for Homeless
  • Mansfield Southwest Little League


  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Literacy unit
  • Post secondary education
  • Transitional Education Programming

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Administrative office technology
  • Auto collision repair
  • Barbering
  • Carpentry
  • Graphic occupations
  • Turf management
  • Visual Communications
  • Drafting
  • Drywall
  • Apprenticeships in plumbing, electrician, maintenance, animal trainer, carpenter, cook, HVAC, recovery operator, janitorial, and building maintenance repair

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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