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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Marion Correctional Institution


P. O. Box 57
940 Marion-Williamsport Road
Marion, Ohio 43302


(740) 382-5781; Fax (740) 387-8736

Email for General Inquiries




Video Tour


Warden Jason Bunting

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1954
Total Acreage 1,032
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Security Staff 298
Total Staff 453
FY13 GRF Budget
(subject to monthly review and adjustment)
Daily Cost Per Inmate $47.33
Population as of 6/14 2,604
Black Inmates 1,336
White Inmates 1,163
Other Inmates 105
Escapes/Walkaways 2013 0
Security Levels

Security Level Descriptions:

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


  • Visiting is available 7 days a week by reservation only.  Reservations can be made:
    •  by calling 740-382-5781, ext. 3261 during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    • by completing the reservation form while on a visit and either mailing the form back or checking with visiting staff at the conclusion of the visit.
    • by emailing your request to drc.visitationmci@odrc.state.oh.us.
  • Visiting hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • No holiday visitation.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change. Please call the institution to verify hours before planning a visit.

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

Video Visitation

Marion Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:00PM – 3:30PM; and 5:00PM – 8:00PM.  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 must be scheduled at least 24 hours 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

Marion 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 Timothy Smith at 740-382-5781, ext. 2346 or via email at Timothy.Smith@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

  • H.O.P.E (Helping Ourselves Pursue Excellence):  The mission of H.O.P.E is to:  1) Create safe places for learning and healthy relationships; 2) To promote a sense of connectedness rather than individualism.  H.O.P.E is men at various levels of development and with varying lengths of time served, meeting regularly for learning and support.  The focus is on young men and their issues during incarceration.  It involves peer mentoring to cultivate communal self-awareness, deep awareness of our human connectedness, awareness that all behaviors, choices and decisions affect our families, friends and communities.  Participants acknowledge the impact of their actions on others and take personal responsibility for their actions, thoughts and behaviors.  They learn life skills such as listening, body language and healthy communication, thinking styles, leadership, problem solving, conflict management, analysis of individual thinking and leadership styles, group development and job search skills.  Participants enjoy opportunities to create through drama and art and to exercise teamwork in presentations and other activities. 
  • Ministry of Theatre:  The Ministry of Theatre is a live production that has been offering annual Christmas and Easter Plays for the community for over 15 years.  It has become a theatrical masterpiece with incredible performers.  Offenders are encouraged to showcase their talents and gifts for the event.  Many of the offenders help to write the script as well as the music for each performance.  The program provides a great opportunity to invite the public into the prison.  These productions have fostered positive relationships with the community.  The performances are offered throughout the week and are attended by over 1,000 guests.  The time tested production continues to be a hit in the community and has brought fans from across the state. 

Inmate Programs


  • OPI Wood Furniture Shop
  • OPI Metal Fabrication
  • OPI Graphics

Community Service

  • Dog Program
  • Wildlife Program
  • Reptile Program
  • Bicycle Program
  • Karl Road Christian Church - crocheting
  • Furniture bank
  • Crayons to Computers - sewing and flash cards
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Props
  • PNN - printing/video work

Adoptable Dog Program

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



  • GED
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Marion Technical College


  • Welding
  • Auto mechanics
  • Agriculture
  • Carpentry School
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Administrative Office Technology

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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