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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Grafton Correctional Institution


2500 South Avon Belden Road
Grafton, Ohio 44044


(440) 748-1161; Fax (440) 748-2521



Video Tour


Warden Bennie Kelly

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1988
Total Acreage 1,782
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 230
Total Staff 369
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $48.47
Population as of 10/13 2,007
Black Inmates 1,024
White Inmates 928
Other Inmates 55
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels
1's - 1,223
2's - 784
3's -0

Security Level Descriptions:

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


 Hours - General Population

  • Visiting is held five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Visiting is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and State observed holidays. 
  • Saturday and Sunday visits are by reservation only.
  • Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:45 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 2:45 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.
  • Inmates are permitted visits based on their institutional number. 
    •  Inmates whose institutional number ends in an odd number are permitted visitation on odd numbered calendar days (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) except in the case of out-of-state visits.
    • Inmates whose institutional number ends in an even number are permitted visitation on even numbered calendar days (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) except in the case of out-of-state visits.
  • Saturday and Sunday Visits by Reservation:
    • Reservations will be taken by telephone only at 440-748-5767, starting at 5 p.m. on the Sunday before a Saturday visit day, and ending at 9 p.m. on the Friday before a Saturday visit, or until all reservations are full.  Reservations will be taken only during the week of the scheduled weekend visit day only and will not be taken prior to the designated time period.

Grafton Reintegration Center

  • Visiting hours at the Grafton Reintegration Center are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 
  • The morning session is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon session is from 1 p.m. to 5 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 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 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

Grafton 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 Jeff Jerabek at 440-748-1161 or via email at Jeffrey.Jerabek@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

  • The Career Technical Horticulture Program is an educational program at GCI designed to offer inmates the opportunity to develop marketable skills in the horticulture field.  The one-year program, composed of both classroom and hands on training, prepares students to test for the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Certification.  Upon successful completion of all three exams in this test, inmates are granted the Interim Ohio Nursery Technician Master Status.  There is a five week program offered to short term offenders providing an overview of the program.  Plants and vegetables are grown and sold to staff providing a self-sustaining program.  In addition to the staff sales, several hundred pounds of produce are donated to the local food bank each year. 
  • Faith Based Family Reintegration Program is a program for offenders, their family members, sponsors and mentors.  The program is facilitated by GCI staff, Adult Parole Authority staff, and local clergy volunteers.  The program consists of 4 phases of tabletop exercises designed to involve the offender and his family in the development of a family reintegration plan (family contract).  The program participants will meet twice each month for 12 months.  The finished product will be a family plan that the offender and family members can use as a guide to help them work through reentry issues.  They will be encouraged to share their plan with the minister in the church they will be attending upon release from prison.

Inmate Programs


  • Braille Transcription and Bottling of Fragrances

Community Service

  • Dope is for Dopes
  • Animal Protective League of Lorain County
  • GCI Reading Room
  • Under the Wing - foster cats
  • Birthright of Lorain County - sewing, crocheting, quilting and cross stitch for Lorain neighborhood centers
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
  • ODOT - litter pick up
  • ConKerr Cancer - pillows
  • MidView Schools - assemble books for grade K-8


  • Adult Basic Education
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Ashland University


  • Welding
  • Machine shop
  • Auto mechanics
  • Horticulture

Adoptable Dog Program

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

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.