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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Ohio Reformatory for Women
|Total Security Staff
|FY 13 GRF Budget
|(subject to monthly review
|Daily Cost Per Inmate
|Population as of 05/13
Security Level Descriptions:
- 1 = Minimum Security
- 2 = Medium Security
- 3 = Close Security
- 4 = Maximum Security
- 5 = Administrative Maximum
- Wednesday - Sunday
7:00 a.m. -
10:45 a.m. (Morning Session)
p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Afternoon Session)
- Visitors must be processed in no later than
a.m. for morning visiting sessions and
2:30 p.m. for
afternoon visiting sessions.
- Each session will count as one visit.
- Visiting is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and all
- Visiting hours are subject to change without notice.
Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before
planning a visit.
- Visiting reservations are required for all visiting
- Reservations are accepted 60 days in advance.
- Approved visitors may make a reservation by email or
phone. For phone reservations, please call
866-286-0033. The visiting reservation line is
answered daily between the hours of 6:30 a.m. - 4:30
p.m., 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m.
For email reservations, beginning October 6, 2010,
please email -
- Please allow 48 hours for a return email
- Visitors are not permitted to make reservations when
arriving or leaving the visiting hall.
- Each visitor is permitted one reservation per
- A confirmation number will be given at the time of
reservation and must be provided to the visiting officer
when arriving for a visit.
- Visiting is limited to a maximum of 5 visitors per
inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have
been made in advance.
Institution-Specific Visiting Information
- Visitors are limited to only visiting during one
session, as specified at the time of reservation.
Half-day visits will be enforced to permit other
visiting reservations to be honored.
- Each visitor is permitted one visit per month.
- Visiting is limited to a maximum of
per inmate at one time, unless special arrangements have
been made in advance.
For general visiting information or to download a visitor
application, go to our
If you are picking up an offender on her release date,
please arrive between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.
After that time, the Captain's Office will make arrangements
for her transportation. Please bring your driver’s license
and information on the make, model, and license plate of the
vehicle that you parked.
A kiosk is available in the front entry
building of the institution from 5:30 a.m. to 11 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
Volunteers in Prison
The Ohio Reformatory for Women 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 Jana Wasmer at
937-642-1065, ext. 3205 or via email at
- The Short Term Offender Unit is designed to service
offenders that are newly received into the prison that are
serving sentences of 90 days or less. The curriculum
for the program was designed to enable the offenders by
providing suitable programming that is accelerated to enhance
their reentry back into the community. Daily classes on
Life Skills, Coping Strategies, Family Services, Health
and Wellness, Recovery Issues, Job Readiness, Dressing for
Success, Finance Management and other topics
make up this comprehensive curriculum for the Short
Term Offender program and address the 8 Reentry Domains
of education, employment, marital and family , associates
and social interaction, substance abuse, community functioning,
personal and emotional and attitude.
- Therapeutic Community (TC) are long-term
(6-12 months) residential Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment
programs. The TC approach views AOD abuse as a reflection
of chronic deficits in social, vocational, familial, economic,
and personality development. The aim of the Therapeutic
Community is to promote pro-social behavior, attitudes,
and values as a method to attain abstinence from alcohol
and other drugs and eliminate antisocial behaviors. The
TC’s at ORW and Pickaway are collaborative efforts between
the Ohio DR&C and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug
- Mom and Kids Day:
The Ohio Reformatory for Women strives to
promote family bonding in preparation for family
reunification, with this in mind special family oriented
events are scheduled twice a year. A Mom and Me
Day Camp is scheduled during the summer months and a Mom
and Kids Day Holiday event is scheduled in December.
These events allow families to come into the institution
to spend a day with their loved one with a variety of
events, entertainment food and fun. Information is
provided in the living units detailing the selection
process for these events.
Achieving Baby Care Success (ABC's)
Child development experts have determined that infants must
bond with their mother in the first few months of life or their
emotional and intellectual functioning is impaired.
2001, ORW opened Ohio's only nursery program within an institution.
The Achieving Baby Care Success (ABC'S) Program allows incarcerated
pregnant inmates to maintain custody of their infants after
they are born. Each participant has an individualized treatment
plan so that the problems that resulted in her incarceration
are thoroughly addressed.
Hands-on parenting instruction is
available for every mother in the program. Eligible mothers
for the program are screened and must be serving a short-term
sentence for a non-violent crime. The criteria for the program
ensures that the mothers and infants leave the institution together.
There are currently 8 babies in the nursery
- Greyhound Dog program
- Art Guild Program
- Wildlife program
- Pawsibility dog program
- Circle Tail dog program
- Community Stitching Post program
Adoptable Dog Program
Many institutions participate in fostering and
training abandoned dogs for
- Optical shop
- Sewing shop making Ohio and American flags and socks
- Literacy Unit
- Adult Basic Education
- Columbus State Community College
- Building Trades
- Landscaping and horticulture
- General office systems
- Boiler Operator Apprenticeship
- Steam Engineer Apprenticeship
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
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