Ross Correctional Institution


Mark Hooks


740-774-7050 (Fax: 740-774-7055)


16149 State Route Chillicothe, OH 45601

Volunteers in Prison

Ross 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 Chris Markko at 740-774-7050, ext. 2519 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 PO Box 7010 Chillicothe, OH 45601.

Inmate Funds

A kiosk is available in the front entry building of the institution from 7 a.m. to 7 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 Ross Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours available 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 can be requested if another visit was not already scheduled on the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the requestor’s initial 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.  

Video visitation kiosks are available to all general population inmates in their housing units.   Inmates in restrictive housing (segregation) are not permitted video visits.   All visitation rules and regulations for video visitation are the same as institutional visits.  Violation of visiting rules during video visitation might result in a loss of visiting privileges.    All video visits are monitored, recorded, and/or reviewed after the video visit session.  Video visitation is limited to only approved and tentatively approved visitors.  Video visits might be stopped if a violation of visiting rules is observed

Approved visitors may visit for additional information


Reservations should be made by emailing the following address.

Information needed to schedule reservations: Adult visitors, full first and last names. (Children under 17 or younger DO NOT GIVE NAME, please just list as minor and bring correct paperwork). Inmate last name and inmate number, what session you are requesting AM or PM (all day if eligible) and the date you are requesting.

Example: Jane Doe + 2 minors to see inmate Doe #A012345 on 4/2/16 for the PM session.

Reservations can also be made by calling 740-774-7050 extension 2202, during the following times. 9:15am to 10:15am and 12:15pm to 1:15pm. THE PHONE WILL ONLY BE ANSWERED ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, AND SUNDAYS. (EXCLUDING ANY HOLIDAY) Due to the high volume of calls… Email is the preferred method.


Reserve patrons: if you are assisting in Emailing for someone, please notify them of these instructions that pertain to them entering our institution.

Visitation reservations need to be scheduled no later than 7 days in advance, and up to 30 days in advance. Any cancellations should be made 48 hours in advance. Visitation officers will reply back to your Email within 48 hours excluding for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Holidays (visiting is closed those days).To download a visitor application and to see the General visiting instructions, please click here.

For minor children, we need the birth certificate, custody paperwork or Minor authorization entrance form (if required). Visitors without the correct paperwork will not be allowed to visit.  For a Minor authorization form click here.

No cash is allowed to be brought into the visit room. Visitors can purchase a vending card, the card can be purchased with a 5 dollar bill only. Once purchased you may load up to 50 dollars on the vending card.

Visitors only need to bring necessary money, minor paperwork and current government issued identification (Driver’s License, State I.D., or Military). If any visitor has implants or surgery (i.e. Hip/Knee, Pace Maker or Pins/Screws, etc.) be advised visitors will need to bring a medical card or documentation from the Physician stating why they will not be able to pass the metal detector every time they visit. All other items need to be left in vehicle or lockers located in the Entry Building (Cell Phones, electronics, excess money or any items not approved to be in the institution).

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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Institutional Information

Date Opened 1987
Total Acreage 1,707
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 494
Population (as of 6/1/16) 2,033

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