Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution

Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution is a mixed-custody prison for male inmates that is located in Lima, Ohio. This facility is operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and it can house approximately 1,500 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation is available seven days a week from 7:45am to 2:45pm and is by reservation only. Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.

Visiting Applications

Each potential visitor must complete a Visiting Application. This application may be sent through the U.S. Mail, emailed, faxed, or dropped off in person; however, visitation shall not be granted until the application has been processed and the visitor has been approved and notified. For complete details, click here.

Dress Code

All attire worn upon entry into the facility must be worn throughout the duration of the visit, with the exception of appropriate outerwear such as a coat and gloves. Appropriate undergarments must be worn (i.e., bra, slip, and underwear).

No additional clothing is permitted to be carried into the facility. No smartwatches or fitness monitors (such as fitbits).

Inappropriate attire includes, but is not limited to:

  • See-through clothing of any kind.
  • Tops or dresses that expose the midriff or have open backs or open sides (such as any sleeveless clothing such as halter tops, tube tops, cropped tops, tank tops, and muscle shirts).
  • Low-cut clothing cut in a manner that exposes the chest.
  • Any clothing that inappropriately exposes undergarments.
  • Skirts, dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes with the hem or slit above the mid-knee.
  • Wrap-around skirts/dresses or break-away type pants.
  • Clothing with any gang related markings.
  • Clothing with obscene and/or offensive pictures, slogans, language and/or gestures.
  • Form-fitted clothing made from Spandex or Lycra or other similar knit material such as leotards, unitards, bicycle shorts, tight jeans, or tight pants.
  • Clothing with inappropriate holes/rips, including shoulder cut-outs.

Purses, handbags, backpacks, or similar items are not permitted. Diaper bags and infant carriers are permitted, but are subject to regular search procedures. Clear plastic bags are preferred in place of diaper bags. Diaper bags may include:

  • A reasonable number of diapers and baby wipes
  • Three plastic baby bottles
  • Three plastic containers of baby food
  • One pacifier

All visitors are subject to clear the metal detector. The following items may prevent clearance of the metal detector:

  • Hairpins
  • Bras with metal underwires
  • Certain boots and shoes
  • Clothing with multiple zippers
  • Excessive jewelry

Video Visitation

Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit in addition to protective custody and residential treatment units. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30 am – 10:30 am; 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm; and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  

Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can 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 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.

Physical Address

Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution
2338 North West Street
Lima, OH 45801

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution
PO Box 4501
Lima, OH 45802

You may correspond with an inmate via the U.S. Mail or through email using the J Pay service explained below. For correspondence sent through the postal service, please include the inmate number on the front of the envelope. The inmate number can be obtained by calling Central Inmate Records at 614-752-1076 or you can use the online tool.

JPay Email Option

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction uses an innovative electronic mail system to allow family and friends to use modern day email applications to correspond with their incarcerated loved one. Please visit JPay for additional information.

The Inmate Food and Sundry Package Program

This program is subject to the Inmate Personal Property Policy. Inmates may order and receive food and sundry packages from vendors approved by the Director or designee.  Keefe Group/Access Securepak, Union Supply Direct, and Walkenhorsts are approved vendors authorized to provide food and sundry packages to inmates housed in Ohio prisons. 

Food and Sundry packages ordered for inmates are required to be ordered through Keefe Group/Access Securepak, Union Supply Direct, or Walkenhorsts. Inmates have access to catalogs, flyers, and order forms for the programs at the institutions.

Family members, friends, and others (regardless of their inclusion on the inmate’s approved visitation list) may order food and/or sundry packages, subject to the limitations of AR 5120-9-33, from the approved vendor or vendors, for the benefit of a designated inmate.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution do have access to phones, but they can’t receive incoming calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Ohio, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution through JPay or the ConnectNetwork only if you are an approved (or tentatively approved) visitor. 

Up to $200 per transaction and a maximum of $400 per calendar month from an approved (or tentatively approved) visitor may be deposited into an inmate's personal account through any of the following means:

  • MAIL - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may make deposits by U.S. Mail through JPay. Each money order must be accompanied by the Money Order Deposit form, found on the JPay Website and a copy of your driver's license (or state ID or passport).  This will be used to match your name to the visiting list. The name on the money order must exactly match:
  • the name on the driver's license, state ID, or passport; AND
  • the name and date of birth used to register as a visitor with DRC
  • Money orders may not exceed $200, unless approved in advance by the institution Warden. If you need to send more than $200, contact the institution for details on the procedures.
  • You will not be able to send any letters to the inmate with the money order.  Any letters sent to inmates with the money order will be discarded.
  • Please visit the JPay website for additional information.
  • ONLINE - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may deposit funds into a trust account (offender personal account) through the  ConnectNetwork website, available by clicking on the link provided. The ConnectNetwork website will accept deposits using credit or debit cards. OffenderConnect charges a transaction fee for using this service. 
  • TELEPHONE - Approved (or tentatively approved) visitors may deposit funds by calling toll-free 1-888-988-4PMT (4768), reference Site ID 86 when prompted by the automated attendant. Deposits can be made through the toll-free number using credit or debit cards. There is a transaction fee for using this service.

Programs For Inmates

Reading Room

The reading rooms encourage family literacy by providing a pleasant and comfortable setting for both child and incarcerated parent. Each room is stocked with a wide variety of children’s books and has an inmate narrator who reads to the visiting children twice a day. The role of the inmate narrator is to read picture books to the children in much the same manner that children’s hour would be done at a public library.

A variety of arts and craft supplies for the children are also available in most of the rooms. Many of the supplies and books are donated by employees and service organizations.


Apprenticeship provides opportunities for eligible inmates to acquire new skills in a variety of trades, while preparing them for reentry, instilling confidence and making them more marketable for future employment.

Apprenticeship Programs-Fallen Timbers Branch (Allen)

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Cook (Any Industry)
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Plumber
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Small Engine – Mechanic
  • Stitcher
  • Material Coordinator

Apprenticeship Programs – Lost Creek Branch (Oakwood)

  • Janitor

Community Services

  • Quilting-Knitting Program
  • Mats/Sleeping Bags for the Homeless Program
  • Bicycle Repair
  • Mats for Homeless
  • Various Inmate Groups

Academic Programs

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

Education Services

  • CareerScope® Comprehensive Career Assessment
  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Distance Learning Center
  • Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
  • Library Services
  • Literacy Unit
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Title One Services
  • WebXam Online Assessment

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Horticulture
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Resilient Flooring

Advanced Job Training

  • Sinclair Community College

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Careers at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution

If you are interested in a career with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections — and would like to apply for a job at the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.