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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




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Warden Jay Forshey

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1998
Total Acreage 240
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 218
Total Staff 356
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $164.06
Population as of 01/14 457
Black Inmates 299
White Inmates 154
Other Inmates 4
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels
4's - 342
5's - 110
DR - 5

Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • Inmate visiting is Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 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 or email DRC.VisitationOSP@odrc.state.oh.us to make an appointment.

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.

Video Visiting

Offenders at the Ohio State Penitentiary may participate in video visitation with approved visitors.  More information may be found on the visiting page.


  • 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 Pamela Rudolph at 330-743-0700, ext. 2450 or via email at Pamela.Rudolph@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.

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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