Lorain Correctional Institution


Kimberly Clipper


440-748-1049 (Fax: 440-748-2191)


2075 South Avon-Belden Road Grafton, OH 44044

Volunteers in Prison

Lorain 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 Melissa Spatny at 440-316-4347 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 2075 South Avon-Belden Road, Grafton, OH 44044. Newly received inmates do not have access to the phones for the first 7 to 8 days following their arrival at LorCI.  After that reception inmates are permitted phone calls 3 times per week, at varying times, in accordance with their unit schedule.

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 8 a.m. to 8 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

Not available to reception inmates.

Lorain Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in its general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 6:00 AM – 11:00AM; 12:00PM – 4:00PM; and 5:00PM – 9:00PM. Visits are 30 minutes in duration. 

An approved visitor is defined as: A visitor that has submitted an application for visitation and has been approved 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.  Not available for reception inmates.

Approved visitors may visit www.jpay.com for additional information


Visiting is limited to a maximum of 4 visitors per inmate at one time, including walking children, unless special arrangements have been made in advance.  All inmates housed in the Restrictive Housing Unit are permitted visitation Tuesday through Friday only.  Inmates housed in restrictive housing will receive a one (1) hour visit per month. 

Visitors may purchase a vending card with a $5 bill to buy food items during the visit as no money is permitted in the visitation room.  Visitors may also purchase tokens from the token machine for pictures during visit.  The cost is $5 for two pictures with a maximum of five pictures and one frame.


  •  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Morning Session)
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Afternoon Session)

  • Visitation hours are the same for all inmates, regardless of assigned visiting day.  To determine assigned visiting day, please see the appropriate section below.

  • Visitors must be processed in no later than 9:30 a.m. for morning visiting sessions and 1:00 p.m. for afternoon visiting sessions.

  • We recommend visitors arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the visiting session to complete registration paperwork and review documentation.

  • Visiting is closed for all inmates on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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

  Reception Status Inmates (newly received from the county)

  • Tuesday - Friday (no reservation required)

  • Reception inmates with numbers ending in an even number (0, 2,4,6,8,) may have visitation on even number dates.

  • Reception inmates with numbers ending in odd numbers (1,3,5,7,9) may have visitation on odd number dates.

  • Reception inmates may receive 4 visits per month, no more than 2 per visitor. Each session counts as a separate visit.

  • Visitors of reception inmates are permitted to download and bring the completed visitor application with them on their first visit.  You may obtain the visitor application from our visiting page

  • ALL VISITORS must prove relationship to the inmate.

  Cadre and Mentor Inmates only:

  • CADRE/MENTOR VISITORS ONLY are required to make a reservation prior to visiting.

  • Visits are permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, and all holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There will be no visits scheduled on Mondays regardless of a holiday.

  • All visitors must be approved by Unit Staff prior to visiting.

  • Cadre/Mentor inmates may receive 6 visits each month  Each session counts as a separate visit.

  • Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to the visit and up to 14 days in advance.

  • Approved visitors should make a reservation by calling 440-748-1049 and pressing "0" Monday through Friday between the hours of 5pm and 9pm.

  • Any cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance, or the visit will be counted as a visit for the month.

  • Visitors may only make a reservation for one session and one offender during a call.

  • Each visitor will receive a confirmation number which he or she will be required to bring the day of the visit.

What inmates and families need to know:

Click here for additional information.

Lorain Correctional Internships

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 http://www.drc.ohio.gov/volunteers.  Completed applications may be sent to LorCI Internship Coordinator who can disseminate the request to the appropriate person.

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 http://www.drc.ohio.gov/internships. 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, dietitian, 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 1990
Total Acreage 111
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 416
Population (as of 6/1/16) 1,718

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