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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Ohio State Penitentiary



878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44505


(330) 743-0700; Fax (330) 743-0841

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Institutional Information

Date Opened 1998
Total Acreage 240
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 224
Total Staff 337
FY15 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $161.91
Population as of 06/01/16 526
Black Inmates 317
White Inmates 197
Other Inmates 12
Escapes/Walkways 2016 0
Security Levels
1's -
4's -
5's - 107
DR - 7

Security Level Descriptions:

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

Family Information

Additional information for inmate family members and loved ones can be located through the below links:

Handbook for the Families, Friends, Supporters and Mentors of Northeast Ohio Offenders

 Family Guide


  • Inmate visiting is Wednesday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. All approved visitors are welcome. Visitation is by APPOINTMENT ONLY, call (330) 743-0700 x. 2111 to make an appointment.

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

Video Visitation

Video visitation is only available for the 4A security level population at OSP.

The hours and days in which you may have your family schedule a visit are listed below and are available to family on the JPay website:

  • 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Last scheduled visit at 10:00 a.m.

  • 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  Last scheduled visit at 2:00 p.m.

  • 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    Last scheduled visit at 6:30 p.m.

  • 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.    Last scheduled visit at 9:00 p.m.

Your Visitor must be approved on your visiting list and will need to schedule their visit 4 days in advance.  This will allow visiting to document you have a video visit scheduled and contact the block letting Officers know you have a visit scheduled.  Visiting Officers will run a list daily and notify the block of those Inmates who have a video visit daily.  Block officers have access to JPay visiting to view the list when visiting is out of the office.


  • 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 State Penitentiary 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 Jennifer Bouch at 330-743-0700, ext. 2138 or via email at Jennifer.Bouch@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

  • Accepting Responsibility:  This program helps inmates explore the "justification thinking errors" and addresses accepting responsibility for destructive behaviors.
  • Fear: The Anger Trigger:  This program helps inmates take a look at their destructive force "anger" and how it impacts others and the thinking behind explosive anger.
  • OSP Wellness Program:  Medical, Unit Staff, Recovery Services, Mental Health and Recreation provide education on topics related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Activities are structured to motivate inmates to be responsible for their well-being physically, mentally, and emotionally. Educational activities are provided on a weekly basis for six months.
  • M.A.N. U.P. Program (Men Acknowledging Nature’s Ultimate Purpose): The Man Up program is an offender facilitated program that focuses on the adult male human being a leader, visionary, provider and protector. The program establishes a universal understanding of the responsibilities of manhood.  Ultimately the Mission of the M.A.N.U.P. program is to guide young men through the process of identifying their true nature.  The vision is to have led the participants to a personal state of empowerment, in turn having empowered their homes, communities; ultimately making our world a better place in the end.


Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Adopt-A-School - artwork, envelope stuffing, box top sorting


  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Reentry

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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