Ohio State Prison Facts

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Learn more about the locked down world of Ohio’s prisons, where new inmates are sized up and broken in to the rules of the system.

Learn more about the locked down world of Ohio’s prisons, where new inmates are sized up and broken in to the rules of the system.




  • Ohio has the 6th largest prison system in the nation.



  • There are thirty-one state prisons in Ohio, with a capacity of 38,865 beds.



  • One out of every twenty-five Ohio residents is under correctional supervision – a 464% increase from less than 30 years ago.



  • The crime of robbery involves taking something of value from a victim using threats of violence or by instilling fear.



  • The population of young prison inmates, between the ages of 15 and 29, has exploded in the last decade – growing over 30% in the last ten years.



  • About 38% of inmates released from Ohio’s prisons will be re-incarcerated within three years.



  • Ohio’s Correctional Reception Center is currently 77% over capacity: it has 900 beds, but houses 1,595 inmates.



  • The Ohio State Penitentiary was the site of one of the worst disasters in U.S. prison history.  On April 21, 1930, over 320 people were killed and 160 were injured when a fire broke out in the part of the prison that was under construction.  The tragedy brought attention to the overcrowding of the prison and led to the reform of minimum sentencing laws that had helped create those conditions.



  • The Correctional Reception Center houses four different dog training and adoption programs that allow inmates to temporarily adopt and train dogs in obedience and to assist the handicapped. 



  • Prisoners in Ohio consume $2 million worth of toilet paper, almost 2 million gallons of milk, and over 3 million pounds of beef annually.



  • The Ohio inmate population is projected to grow to over 55,000 inmates by July 2018.



  • The cost of housing the average inmate in the Ohio is $69 a day and $25,316 a year.


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