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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction North Central Correctional Complex


P. O. Box 1812
Marion, Ohio 43301


(740) 387-7040; Fax (740) 387-5575

Email for General Inquiries





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Institutional Information

Date Opened 1994
Total Acreage 100
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 248
Total Staff 365
FY 15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $42.50
Population as of 07/01/2016 2,893
Black Inmates 1,139
White Inmates 1,660
Other Inmates 94
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's: 1,336
2's: 1,545

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Main Institution - Wednesday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Camp - Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 1:30 p.m.
  • Visiting is closed on Mondays, 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 60 days in advance. 
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation in person, phone, email, or postal mail. 
  • Email reservations may be made at NCCC.Visitation@mtctrains.com 
  • Telephone reservations may be made by calling 740-387-7524 Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors may make a reservation while on a visit (by 2 p.m.)
  • Approved visitors may also request a reservation via U.S. Mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Visiting Room Reservations
P. O. Box 1812
Marion, OH  43301

  Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of 5 visitors per inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.
  • Inmates in special management housing are permitted visitation only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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

Phone Calls


Volunteers in Prison

North Central Correctional Complex 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 Dean Mulvaine at 740-387-7040.

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

  • Basic Living Skills:  This program focuses on simple skills needed for daily living.  Some topics are:  Looking for Work, Decision Making, and Positive Alternatives to a previous lifestyle.
  • Managing Money: This program teaches financial responsibility. All participants who complete this program should be able to apply the following skills after being released into the community: budget their expenses and provide for themselves adequately for their day to day living; maintain a checking account, including the ability to write a check and keep a correct balance in their checking registry; set short term goals, and be able to determine if these are reasonable and learn to focus on what needs to be done to achieve the goals; and learn how to be prepared for unexpected expenses.
  • Criminal and Addictive Thinking:  This program is designed to teach offenders a new way of thinking and point out errors in typical criminal and addictive thought patterns.  Some areas covered include decision making, learning consequences, and cause and effect.

Inmate Programs


  • Graphics shop handling mapping and related CAD work
  • Document Entry

Community Service

  • Recycling cardboard, bi-metal, aluminum cans, paper
  • Raise puppies for Pilot Dog Inc.
  • Palace Theater
  • City and County Schools
  • Member - Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
  • OhioReads

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Literacy Unit
  • Special education
  • Marion Technical College
  • Education Intensive Prison Program
    • Cabling Technology
    • Transitional Education Program
  • Cook's apprentice
  • Welding apprentice
  • Building maintenance apprentice
  • Tailoring apprentice
  • Carpentry apprentice
  • Plumbing Apprentice


  • Auto Mechanics
  • Turf Management
  • Auto Body Detailing
  • Computer Diagnostic and 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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