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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Lake Erie Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 8000
501 Thompson Road
Conneaut, Ohio 44030


(440) 599-4100; Fax (440) 593-4536

Email for General Inquiries



(Privately Operated)


Video Tour


Warden Brigham Sloan

Institutional Information

Date Opened 2000
Total Acreage 52
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 144
Total Staff 243
Annual Operation Budget
Daily Cost Per Inmate $46.43
Population as of 3/12 1542
Black Inmates 855
White Inmates 644
Other Inmates 43
Escapes/Walkways 2013 0
Security Levels
1's - 450
2's - 1,092

Security Level Descriptions:

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

Family Information

Our Family Guide provides additional information for inmate family members and loved ones.


  • No cell phones allowed in the entry area
  • No one is allowed on the property until 7:15 a.m.
  • If you cannot visit, you must exit the property.

Wednesday:  Visitation for General Population
Thursday:  Visitation for Merit Dorms and Segregation
Friday:  Visitation for General Population and Segregation
Saturday/Sunday:  See below schedule

There are two sessions per day.  Times are as follows:

  • Morning session: Processing from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Weekend session: Processing up to 9:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon session: Processing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Visitation closes at 2:45 p.m.

Offenders' numbers ending in an even number will have visitation privileges on Saturdays from October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013

  • A-L (Offender Last Name) - Afternoon session
  • M-Z (Offender Last Name) - Morning session

Offenders' numbers ending in an odd number will have visitation privileges on Sundays from October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013

  • A-L (Offender Last Name) - Afternoon session
  • M-Z (Offender Last Name) - Morning session

Visitation privileges for general population will be on a first-come, first-serve basis on Wednesdays and Fridays. Thursdays will be limited to Segregation and Merit Dorm inmates.

Merit Dorm Inmates will also be allowed to visit on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays according to the revised visitation schedule.

Visitation privileges for Saturdays and Sundays are typically the more desirable days for families to visit.  As a result, these two days will be broken down according to last name, offender identification number, and two sessions (AM and PM). Length of visit for general population/merit dorms may be limited to 2 hours depending on the number of visitors.

Visitation privileges on Thursdays and Fridays for Segregation Offender must be made by appointment only. Appointments can be made via telephone by calling the visitation department at 440-599-4100 or by email at LakeErieVisitation@cca.com. Approved visitors can make a reservation up to thirty (30) days in advance but no later than seven (7) days in advance.

General population will be allowed a maximum of 2 visits per visitor each month with a maximum of 5 visitors; and Merit Dorms will be permitted a maximum of 4 visits per visitor each month with a maximum of 5 visitors. Inmates housed in Segregation under Disciplinary Control or Local Control will be permitted a maximum of one (1) visit per visitor each month with a maximum of two (2) visits per visitor each month with a maximum of 1 hour and a limit of 2 visitors.

If an approved visitor(s) for Segregation needs to cancel a reservation, they must call seven (7) days in advance, or if they fail to show up, the offender will be charged a visit for the current month. Additionally, visits denied and/or terminated for any reason will also count towards a visit for the current month.

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

Lake Erie Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: Noon to 3:00pm.  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 should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance to insure proper notification; however they may be scheduled up to one hour in advance of the time that they are requesting.


  • 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

Lake Erie 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 Vince Vantell at 440-599-4536, ext. 64103 or via email at Vince.Vantell@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

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Program: This is a one year program and covers two drafting areas.  In Mechanical Drafting, students start by drawing simple two dimensional drawings working toward orthographic projection in assembly drawings with paper and pencil.  Students then start using the computer.  The first program they use is AutoCAD to learn the basics of CAD.  Then the students start using the Inventor and from there they move onto three dimensional solid modeling. In Architectural Drafting, students start by drawing pole barns, sheds, and simple houses using paper and pencil and then start using the computer.  The first program they use is AutoCAD. Then the students can move onto three dimensional house design using Revit.  Over the course of the program there are several opportunities for the students to participate in community service projects.  The class has drawn houses for Habitat for Humanity, designed skate parks, benches, trash containers, picnic tables and signs for local communities.  It helps the students feel better about themselves by giving back to the community.

Inmate Programs


  • OPI

Community Service

  • Pound Puppy Program
  • Crayons to Computers
  • Conneaut Community, Cemetery Clean Up & Sidewalk Snow Removal
  • Aunt Mary's Storybook
  • Community Service Garden
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • HALO

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Electrician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Material Coordinator
  • Plumber
  • Welder, Combination

Adoptable Dog Program

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


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Education Services

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

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Construction Technologies
  • Drafting
  • Drywall
  • Electronics/Computer Repair

Advanced Job Training Program

  • Ashland University

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.