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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Ohio Reformatory for Women


1479 Collins Avenue
Marysville, Ohio 43040


(937) 642-1065; Fax (937) 642-7678

Email for General Inquiries




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Ronette Burkes  

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1916
Total Acreage 257.8
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 265
Total Staff 504
FY 15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $51.76
Population as of 12/04/15 2648
Black Inmates 556
White Inmates 2052
Other Inmates 40
Escapes/Walkways 2015 0
Security Levels
1's - 1,571
2's - 825
3's - 261
4's - 0
Death Row 1

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • Wednesday - Sunday       7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Morning Session)
                                          12:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Afternoon Session)
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:30 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 2:30 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Each session will count as one visit.
  • 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 60 days in advance. 
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation by email or phone.  For phone reservations, please call 866-286-0033.  The visiting reservation line is answered daily between the hours of 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m. For email reservations, beginning October 6, 2010, please email - DRC.VisitationORW@odrc.state.oh.us 
  • Please allow 48 hours for a return email confirmation. 
  • Visitors are not permitted to make reservations when arriving or leaving the visiting hall.
  • Each visitor is permitted one reservation per month. 
  • A confirmation number will be given at the time of reservation and must be provided to the visiting officer when arriving for a visit.
  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of 5 visitors per inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have been made in advance. 

 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.

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

  • Visitors are limited to only visiting during one session, as specified at the time of reservation.  Half-day visits will be enforced to permit other visiting reservations to be honored.
  • Each visitor is permitted one visit per month.
  • Visiting is limited to a maximum of 5 visitors per inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

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

Phone Calls

  • Telephones are generally open to reception inmates between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Information on inmate telephone service and access is located at Offender Phone Services.


If you are picking up an offender on her release date, please arrive between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.  After that time, the Captain's Office will make arrangements for her transportation.  Please bring your driver’s license and information on the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle that you parked. 

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 5:30 a.m. to 11 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


  • 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

The Ohio Reformatory for Women 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 Clara Golding-Kent at 937-642-1065, ext. 2150 or via email at Clara.Golding-Kent@odrc.state.oh.us.

Unique Programs

  • The Short Term Offender Unit is designed to service offenders that are newly received into the prison that are serving sentences of 90 days or less.  The curriculum for the program was designed to enable the offenders by providing suitable programming that is accelerated to enhance their reentry back into the community. Daily classes on Life Skills, Coping Strategies, Family Services, Health and Wellness, Recovery Issues, Job Readiness, Dressing for Success, Finance Management  and other topics  make up this  comprehensive curriculum for the Short Term Offender program and address the 8 Reentry Domains of education, employment, marital and family , associates and social interaction, substance abuse, community functioning, personal and emotional and attitude. 
  • Therapeutic Community (TC) are long-term (6-12 months) residential Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment programs. The TC approach views AOD abuse as a reflection of chronic deficits in social, vocational, familial, economic, and personality development. The aim of the Therapeutic Community is to promote pro-social behavior, attitudes, and values as a method to attain abstinence from alcohol and other drugs and eliminate antisocial behaviors. The TC’s at ORW and Pickaway are collaborative efforts between the Ohio DR&C and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.
  • Mom and Kids Day:  The Ohio Reformatory for Women strives to promote family bonding in preparation for family reunification, with this in mind special family oriented events are scheduled twice a year.  A Mom and Me Day Camp is scheduled during the summer months and a Mom and Kids Day Holiday event is scheduled in December. These events allow families to come into the institution to spend a day with their loved one with a variety of events, entertainment food and fun. Information is provided in the living units detailing the selection process for these events.

Achieving Baby Care Success (ABC's)


Child development experts have determined that infants must bond with their mother in the first few months of life or their emotional and intellectual functioning is impaired.

In June 2001, ORW opened Ohio's only nursery program within an institution. The Achieving Baby Care Success (ABC'S) Program allows incarcerated pregnant inmates to maintain custody of their infants after they are born. Each participant has an individualized treatment plan so that the problems that resulted in her incarceration are thoroughly addressed.

Hands-on parenting instruction is available for every mother in the program. Eligible mothers for the program are screened and must be serving a short-term sentence for a non-violent crime. The criteria for the program ensures that the mothers and infants leave the institution together. There are currently 8 babies in the nursery

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Greyhound Dog program
  • Art Guild Program
  • Wildlife program
  • Pawsibility dog program
  • Circle Tail dog program
  • Community Stitching Post program

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Optical shop
  • Sewing shop making Ohio and American flags
  • Embroidery shop
  • Mop head shop


  • Literacy Unit
  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Sinclair Community College


  • Building Trades
  • Landscaping and horticulture
  • General office systems
  • Cosmetology
  • Boiler Operator Apprenticeship
  • Steam Engineer Apprenticeship

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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