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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Franklin Medical Center


P. O. Box 23658
1990 Harmon Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43223


(614) 445-5960; Fax (614) 445-7040

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Francisco Pineda

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1993
Total Acreage 8
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 372
Total Staff 558
FY 13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Population as of 4/14 473
Black Inmates 183
White Inmates 285
Other Inmates 5
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels 1    -  
2    -  
3    -  
4A  - 
4B  -
Death Row -


Visiting -

FMC Zone A and B is by reservation only.  The following is the information needed to schedule visits:

  • Phone: 614-445-5960 and the following prompt: for visiting press #5

  • Email: DRC.VisitationFMC@odrc.state.oh.us

  • Mail: Franklin Medical Center
            P. O. Box 23658
            1990 Harmon Avenue
            Columbus, OH 43223

Zone A

  • Seven days a week
  • Monday - Short Term Inmates - Male and Female (visitors must be on the inmate's approved visiting list as established at their parent institution)
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
    • 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • 3 South Visiting Room
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - Bedside visits - Male and Female (Note: Only one visitor per slot/timeframe)
    • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Male and Female
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 Zone B

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (cut off time 9:50 a.m.)
    • 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (cut off time 2:00 p.m.)

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.

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.

Phone Calls

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution (Zone A).  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

The Franklin Medical Center 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 Victoria Hubbard at 614-445-5960, ext. 2019 or via email at Victoria.Hubbard@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

  • Three Medical Units provide inpatient medical services to inmate-patients in need of intensive skilled medical and nursing care. Two units house patients with short-term needs. The third unit provides specialized care for those patients with significant long-term medical needs and/or with significant physical disabilities.
  • The CARE (Creating A Responsive Environment for the Terminally Ill) program provides palliative and holistic end-of-life care for inmates suffering from advanced terminal illness. A multidisciplinary team addresses the medical, mental health, spiritual and daily assistance needs of each inmate-patient. The involvement of family members and Stephen Ministry community volunteers and inmate companions also support the program's goal of providing the inmate the opportunity to die with dignity.
  • The Family Reunification Program encompasses special events designed to strengthen family bonds. These include annual Father/Child Father's Day, Teen Event, Birthday and Holiday celebrations, Mother's Day programs and Family Worship opportunities that bring families together for days of talking, sharing and fun activities.

Inmate Programs

Community Service

  • Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio
  • Pilot Dogs
  • Crayons to Computers


  • Animal/Dog Trainer
  • Cook
  • Building Maintenance
  • Electrician
  • Janitorial
  • Nursing Aide Program
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Material Coordinator


Social Service

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Religious Programming
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Mental Health Programming
  • Reentry
  • Victim Awareness
  • Release Preparation
  • Thinking for Change
  • Responsible Family Life Skills


  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Tutorial Services

Religious Services