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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Warren Correctional Institution



P.O. Box 120
5787 State Route 63
Lebanon, Ohio 45036


(513) 932-3388; Fax (513) 933-0150

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Institutional Information

Date Opened 1989
Total Acreage 45
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 259
Total Staff 376
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $62.53
Population as of 6/01/2016 1,328
Black Inmates 719
White Inmates 582
Other Inmates 27
Escapes/Walkways 2015 0
Security Levels 2's - 59
3's - 1,251
4's - 17
DR - 1

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Wednesday - Sunday      12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Session A)
                                           2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Session B)
                                           5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Session C)
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 1:00 p.m. for Session A, 3:00 p.m. for Session B, and 6:00 p.m. for Session C.
  • Each visiting session listed above constitutes one visit towards the maximum number of visits allowed per month.
  • Visiting is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and all State Holidays.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.


  • Visiting reservations are required for all visiting sessions.
  • Reservations are accepted 30 days in advance. 
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by calling 513-932-9741.  The visiting reservation line is answered Wednesday through Sunday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Cancellations must be made no less than 72 hours prior to a scheduled visit.

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

Video Visitation

Warren Correctional has kiosk machines in all general population housing units. The hours available for video visits are:  every day from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and 16:30pm to 21:00pm. Visits are set up for 30 minutes and an additional 30 minutes can be requested providing nothing is scheduled on the same kiosk machine immediately after the video visit is concluded.  As per policy no one is permitted to schedule a visit who is not on the inmate approved visiting list. The approved visitor must register through Jpay prior to requesting a video visit.

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  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


  • 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

Warren 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 Tyra Parker at 513-932-3388, ext. 2001 or via email Tyra.Parker@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

  • 4 PAWS for Abilities: WCI has partnered with 4 PAWS for Abilities to provide socialization and basic training in obedience, manners, and house training to service dogs.  The dogs are trained specifically for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional needs.  The program provides offenders the opportunity to learn about dog training and care from a certified trainer.  In addition, it encourages them to gain a better sense of responsibility and improve social skills.  The institution maintains up to 15 dogs at any given time.
  • Bright Future: The Bright Future Residential Treatment Program is a four month residential treatment program that addresses inmate’s drug and alcohol problems. This is a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) program which is Reentry and Earned Credit approved. The purpose of the program is:
    • To provide effective evidence based cognitive behavioral interventions to treat drug abuse and addiction and to prevent relapse for Ohio’s incarcerated felons, including those with co-morbid conditions and/or SAMI.
    • To reduce tax payer expense and burden to state revenue by providing effective substance abuse treatment that promotes positive change in the offender’s lives. Recovery services programs have demonstrated success at reducing recidivism (source: 2011 CIIC Report). National research regarding recovery service programs shows that such programs result in significant cost savings of approximately $7 or more dollars return for each dollar spent in programming through reductions in recidivism among program completers. South Dakota, for example, showed cost-benefits of prison recovery at $8.43 saved for every $1.00 spent in programs.
    Intensive Treatment Program (ITP): The ITP is a residential unit designed to be an intermediate step between RTU level of care and general population for offenders with severe mental illness. ITP offenders do not need RTU level of care, but are determined to be more vulnerable to decompensation or are unable to function in general population without more intensive support. The ITP offers individualized mental health treatment including activity therapy and medication management.

Inmate Programs


  • Tubular Furniture Operation
  • Notebook Binding Operation

Community Service

  • Doggie Day Care for employees
  • 4 Paws

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • ABLE/Literacy


  • Electronic
  • Horticulture
  • Computer 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.

Toys, fames and art supplies are also available for the children.  Many of the supplies and books are donated by employees and service organizations. 

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