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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Dayton Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 17399
4104 Germantown Street
Dayton, Ohio 45417


(937) 263-0060; Fax (937) 263-1322

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Wanza Jackson

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1987
Total Acreage 75
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 139
Total Staff 255
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $76.99
Population as of 9/4/15 859
Black Inmates 321
White Inmates 529
Other Inmates 9
Escapes/Walkways 2015 0
Security Levels

Security Level Descriptions:

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



  • First time visitors must complete an orientation session which begins promptly at 12:00 p.m. for the first session or 4:00 p.m. for the second session.

    Please have documents ready for visitation (custody paperwork, birth certificate, Authorization of Minor Child form, etc.) or the visitor will not be permitted entrance into visitation.

    Visiting days are Wednesday through Sunday.

    • First session:  12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and must arrive by 2:00 p.m.

    • Second session: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and must arrive by 6 p.m.


  • Reservations are required at least 7 days prior to the visit and up to 30 days in advance.
  • Approved visitors should make a reservation by emailing DRC.VisitationDCI@odrc.state.oh.us.  Visitation officers will reply back to your email within 72 hours of receipt.
  • Any cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or the visit will be counted as a visit for the month.

Information Needed to Schedule

In the email request for a reservation, please provide:

  • Adult visitor(s) full first and last names;
  • For children age 17 and younger, please do NOT give name; just list as a minor child and bring correct paperwork
  • Inmate last name and inmate number;
  • Date and session you want to reserve;

Ex: Jane Doe +2 minors to see inmate Doe, #A111-111 on 4/15/15, at 12:30 p.m.

Institution-Specific Visiting Information

Visitors will be allowed to bring $50 on their visit.  Vending machines only accept $5, $1, quarters, dimes, and nickels.  Be advised that officers in visitation do not have change so bring the necessary funds. In case of money lost in vending machines, contact AVI at 937-878-8727.

Visitors only need to bring necessary money, minor paperwork, and current government issued identification (driver's license, state ID, military, or Passport). All other items need to be left in vehicle or lockers located in the Entry Building (cell phones, electronics, excess money, or any items not approved to be in the institution).

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

Video Visitation

Dayton Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 8:00 AM – 10:00AM; 12:30PM – 3:00PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM.  Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit.

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff may request a video visit.   Approved visitors must create an account and  register with JPay. When family members register to have a video visit, they are prompted  by  JPay through a series of steps to achieve their visit. Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requesting.   

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 8 a.m. to 8 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



Volunteers in Prison

Dayton 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 Angela Johnson at 937-263-0060, ext. 2002 or via email at Angela.Johnson@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

  • Release Preparation and Reentry Programs assist our Offenders for a successful reentry into the community: DCI has created an environment in the Reintegration Unit which stimulates personal change, by initiating the development and implementation of teaching, training, and programming focused on transformative best practices, combined with connections to needed community resources. The Community Service Workshop is comprised of a holistic reentry continuum of care strategy; developed and maintained to give our offenders the opportunity to serve and support the Dayton Community through partnerships with several shelters, schools and community organizations. Both initiatives provide our offenders with best practices programs and processes, as well as community resource needs, based on their individualized Personal Transformation Plan. The reporting systems to monitor measurable goals and outcomes of the Reintegration Unit and Community Service Workshop helps the Offenders reach their Transformation Plan and assist them to become contributing members of society, while reducing recidivism.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Pilot Dog, Inc.
  • Circle Tail
  • Dogs can Inspire
  • Animal Trainer Apprenticeship

Adoptable Dog Program

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

Career-Technical (Vocational)Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Applied Academics
  • Food Management and Production Services
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)


  • Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • Transitional Education Program (TEP)

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Distance Learning Center
  • Library Services
  • Ohio Re-Entry Connections
  • Special Education Services

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Plumber
  • Recovery Operator

Advanced Job Training Program

  • Sinclair Community College

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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