Grafton Correctional Institution


LaShann Eppinger


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


2500 South Avon Belden Road Grafton, OH 44044

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 Adam Kastler at 440-748-1161, ext. 5402 or via email.

Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to protect individuals from prison rape.  Click here for more information.

Religious Services

Click here to view a complete listing of available programming/services.


Written correspondence to inmates must include the inmate's name and number on the envelope and be addressed to 2500 South Avon Belden Road Grafton, OH 44044,

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 click here

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Video Visitation

The Grafton Correctional Institution and Grafton Reintegration Center maintain video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:30PM – 3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM.  Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes may 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 has taken place.  Any approved visitor 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. 

Approved visitors may visit for additional information


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 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:45 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 2:30 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.

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 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit. Click here for additional information.

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Student Internships at GCI?

Are you interested in becoming a student intern at Grafton Correctional Institution?

General Internship Requests:

An intern for the purpose of this Department is defined as a college or university student participating in a short-term, supervised educational work experience which produces a mutually beneficial work product.

Student Eligibility:


The student must at least eighteen (18) years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents; outside of Ohio must be accredited by one (1) of the six (6) regional accrediting agencies;  must not be on any form of probation, parole or released from supervision within six months. 

The first step is to submit a letter of approval from their academic or college advisor outlining the purpose, length and number of hours required for the internship.  

Once the approval letter is received, complete an Intern application and release of information to have a background completed.  For general non-clinical internships, the student may print a Volunteer/Intern application on  Completed applications may be sent to GCI Internship Coordinator/Unit Management Chief. 

Clinical Internship Requests:

The Bureau of Behavioral Health Services (BOBHS) has internships for students pursuing degrees in psychology, social work, and counseling. All requests for internship positions in the BOBHS can be submitted electronically by visiting For additional information please contact the BOBHS Training and Education Manager at 614-728-1645.   

The Bureau of Medical Services (BOMS) has such specialized internships for students: physician, physician assistant, nursing as a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, Bachelor degree, Master of Nursing degree, Doctoral of Nursing degree, medical assistant, phlebotomist, dietician, and dietary technician. All requests for internship positions in the BOMS shall be made directly to the BOMS Medical Education Manager at 614-752-1707.

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1988
Total Acreage 1,782
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 367
Population (as of 6/1/16) 2,074

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