Ohio State Penitentiary Officer of the Year

Ohio State Penitentiary


Charmaine Bracy


330-743-0700 (Fax: 330-743-0841)


878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road Youngstown, OH 44505

Volunteers in Prison

The Ohio State Penitentiary 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 Chaplain Thomas Fortini (330-743-0700 x 2450).

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. Chaplains Thomas Fortini and Robin Rader.


Written correspondence to inmates must include the inmate's name and number on the envelope and be addressed to 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road Youngstown, OH 44505Click here for Legal Mail information.

Inmate Funds

For more information, click here.

OSP on Social

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Video Visitation


The Ohio State Penitentiary maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit.

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff has been made. 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.

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



Visiting is limited to a maximum of three visitors per inmate at one time, including all children, unless special arrangements have been made in advance. Each visiting session counts as a separate visit.  Therefore, two visits on the same day shall count as two of the three visits allowed per inmate each month. 


  • Visits are by appointment only and reservations can be made at this site. Customer support for visiting reservations can be reached at: (855) 208-7349 or visitorsupport@gtl.net
  • When making reservations, all visitors being scheduled for the visit must be listed on the reservation and be an approved visitor on the inmate's list.
  • Reservation requests will be accepted no less than 4 days and no more than 30 days in advance of visit.
  • Cancellations are accepted 5 days prior to the scheduled visit without penalty. 
  • Approved visitors may make a reservation up to 30 days in advance by calling directly to 330-743-0700 x2111. If you have any questions, you can call the shift office at any time at x2056.


Wednesday through Sunday:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Closed on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and all state holidays.
  • Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.

OSP Correctional Camp (Security Level 1) - Reservations Required

Wednesday through Sunday:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Camp inmates may receive 4 visits per month
  • Closed on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and state holidays
  • 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.

OSP News

Student Internships at OSP?

Are you interested in becoming a student intern at Ohio State Penitentiary?

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 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 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, 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 1998
Total Acreage 240
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 337
Population (as of 7/1/19) 487

Unique Programs

Offender Programs

Community Services

  • Adopt-A-School
  • Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley
  • Animal Charity of Ohio
  • Coitsville Township Fire Department


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • High School Equivalency (GED)
  • High School Options

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training (OSP camp)
  • Library Services
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services


  • Alteration Tailor
  • Cook (Any Industry)
  • Health Care Sanitary Technician
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Material Coordinator

Sustainability Initiatives

  • Roof replacement at O.S.P. the new roof was 25% better insulation [R- value] and is 80% better at reflecting heat [solar index].
  • We have installed 60 occupancy sensors that turn off lights when areas are not being occupied
  • 70 high mast lights 25 cobra lights, 20 perimeter lights are being replaced with L.E.D. fixtures in the spring, about a 50% savings per fixture.
  • O.S.P.C.C. dorm windows were replaced with better insulating units.
  • Replacement of 12 more efficient Veritable frequency drives on air handlers and pumps in powerhouse and penthouse.
  • We have replaced 80 pod lights with L.E.D. fixtures at about a 50% savings per light.
  • We have replaced a total of 107, 150 watt light fixtures in the support building with 60 watt[ C.L.F.] bulbs.
  • There is a Johnson Controls upgrade coming in the spring that will save on heating and cooling costs.

Reentry Approved Programs

  • Thinking for a Change
  • Inside Out Dad
  • Cage Your Rage
  • Victim Awareness
  • AOD Education
  • TTP TRP Program


  • Recycling

Reentry Essential Programs

  • Money Smart
  • Thinking Matters
  • Job Readiness
  • Respect
  • Mentoring
  • Current Affairs

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