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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Mansfield Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 788
1150 North Main Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44901


(419) 525-4455; Fax (419) 524-8022

Email for General Inquiries




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Institutional Information

Date Opened 1990
Total Acreage 1,124
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 436
Total Staff 581
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $53.44
Population as of 3/15 2,642
Black Inmates 1,566
White Inmates 998
Other Inmates 78
Escapes/Walkways 2014 0
Security Levels
1's - 374
2's - 2
3's -
4's -
5's - 0

Security Level Descriptions:

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


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

Hours - General Population - Effective August 23, 2013

  • Wednesday through Saturday -
    • 7:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
    • 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and all State holidays.

Hours - SMU (Segregation)

  • Wednesday through Friday -
    • 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Reservations - General Population

  • Visiting reservations are required for all visiting sessions.
  • Reservation requests will be accepted no less than 7 days and no more than 60 days in advance of visit.
  • Reservation requests can be made and confirmed by mail or telephone.
  • Telephone reservations will be accepted during the following times by calling 419-526-2000, ext. 806 1007:
    • Monday - Friday:  8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Reservation request forms may be obtained by picking up form at Entry Building; inmate mailing form to visitor; visitor mailing request for form with self-addressed, stamped envelope, or download here.
  • All visit reservation requests should be mailed to:

Mansfield Correctional Institution (Visit Office)
P. O. Box 788
Mansfield, OH  44901

Hours - Correctional Camp

  • Saturday and Sunday
    • 7:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.; 10:05 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.; and 12:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Camp visiting is closed Monday through Friday and all State holidays.

Reservations - Correctional Camp

  • Visiting reservations are required for all visiting sessions.
  • Reservation requests will be accepted no less than 14 days and no more than 30 days in advance of visit.
  • Reservations made be made in person on a day the visitor is presently visiting. Reservation requests are made and confirmed by mail.
  • Telephone reservation requests will be accepted by calling 419-526-2000, ext. 4801, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Reservation request forms may be obtained by picking up form at ManCC Entry Building; inmate mailing form to visitor; visitor mailing request for form with self-addressed, stamped envelope, or download here.
  • All visit reservation requests should be mailed to:
  • Mansfield Correctional Camp (Visit Office)
    P. O. Box 788
    Mansfield, OH  44901

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

Video Visitation

Mansfield Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit.  The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 

Wednesdays thru Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  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.

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 6 a.m. to 10 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


  • 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

Mansfield 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 Penny Gosser at 419-526-2000, ext. 2023 or via email at Penny.Gosser@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

  • Ohio Penal Industries has two productive shops located at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.  The Box Factory, originally established at the Lima Correctional Institution in 1984, was relocated to Mansfield in April 2004.  This factory produces cardboard boxes for various state agencies.  Two of the most popular items are Record Storage cartons and Meat Processing Career Center cartons.  The factory currently employs 30 inmates.  The YUSA Shop cleans and deflashes parts used by Honda.  This shop provides employment for 150 inmates.  Inmates are assimilated to a real work environment as they must fill out an application and be interviewed.  Once hired, they receive an hourly wage and can be promoted with wage increases.  Inmates are required to punch a time clock and maintain certain criteria to maintain employment.
  • The Tender Loving Dog Care Program, which began in 1998 in partnership with the Ashland County Humane Society, was set up so that dogs, which would have previously euthanized, could be brought into the institution and taught basic skills such as housebreaking and social skills. These dogs are trained by inmate handlers and ultimately are adopted by the public - to include staff and inmate's families. Since the start of the program, inmates have been affected quite positively. The dogs have helped to create a much calmer environment throughout the prison. Presently over 500 dogs have been trained and adopted to good, caring homes. On average, the T.L.D.C. program carries 20 to 25 dogs to be cared for and trained at one given time.  The program adopts dogs out at a fee of $125 per dog.  These funds are used to go toward veterinarian bills, shots/medication, food, shelter, leashes, collars, and toys.

Inmate Programs


  • Rubber De-Flash Shop
  • Wire Shop
  • Computer Data Entry

Community Service

  • Tender Loving Dog Care
  • ODOT Trash pick up
  • Growing vegetables for the local food banks
  • Malabar Farms - fixing farm equipment
  • Church of Christ in Marion - building benches, planters, and a frame for basketball court
  • Ashland County Extension - making lamb stands
  • Air National Guard - mowing
  • Mid-Ohio Education service - foam dice for tutoring

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Boiler Operator
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Carpenter, Residential
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Laundry Machine Mechanic
  • Machine Operator 1
  • Machine Setter
  • Plumber
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Recovery Operator
  • Sticher
  • Welder, Combination

Adoptable Dog Program

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


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

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

  • Horticulture
  • Masonry

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.

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