Belmont Correctional Institution

Belmont Correctional Institution is a minimum and medium-custody prison for male inmates that is located in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This facility is operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and it can house approximately 2,700 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation is available Wednesday through Sunday, there is no visiting on Monday, Tuesday, or state holidays. There are two sessions per day: morning session from 7:45 am – 11:15 am and an afternoon session from 11:45 am – 3:00 pm.  

Visitors must be processed in no later than 10:00 am for the morning visiting session and 1:30 pm for the afternoon session. 

Visits are by appointment only and can be made 30 days in advance Wednesday through Sunday by calling 740-695-8138 for the main compound or 740-695-5169 ext. 46830 for the minimum level camp.  

Appointments may also be scheduled via email at:  [email protected].  Please include the name and number of the offender, names of the visitors, and up to three possible dates you would like to 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

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

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.
  • No smartwatches or fitness monitors (such as fitbits).

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, and they 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

The Belmont Correctional Institution maintains two (2) video visiting kiosks in every housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 7:30-10:30 am; 12:30-3:30 pm; and 5:00-8:00 pm with one kiosk in each dorm designated as a visitation kiosk.  

Signs are posted in each unit indicating hours of operation for video visiting and all electronic communications are subject to monitoring & recording.

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. Approved visitors may visit for additional information.

Physical Address

Belmont Correctional Institution
68518 Bannock Road
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Belmont Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 540
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950

Written correspondence to inmates must include the offender’s name and number on the envelope. You can find your inmate’s number 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 approved vendors  Keefe Group/Access Securepak, Union Supply Direct, and Walkenhorsts.

You must order all packages through the above vendors. Inmates have access to catalogs, flyers, and order forms for these programs.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Belmont 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 Belmont 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 visitors may deposit funds into a trust account through the  ConnectNetwork website with 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

Community Services

  • Thoburn United Methodist Church - Landscaping and Signs
  • American Legion Post 159 - Landscaping, Chairs and Signs
  • Shadyside Local Schools - Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance
  • OSU Extension - Benches
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness - Benches
  • City of St. Clairsville, - Landscaping
  • City of Martins Ferry/Riverview Cemetery - Turf Maintenance
  • Boy Scouts of America - Make Neckerchiefs
  • Union Local Elementary School - Posters
  • Toys for Tots
  • Ronald McDonald House - Hats, Scarves, and Stuffed Animals
  • Belmont Volunteer Fire Department - Wash and Waxing of Fire Trucks
  • Barnesville Public Library - Backdrops
  • Local Dog Rescue Training Program
  • St. Clairsville Saints Club - Banners
  • St. Clairsville High School - Signs and Banners

Academic Programs

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

Advanced Job Training

  • Ashland University (Pell Experimental Sites Initiative)

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Animal Trainer
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Carpenter, Maintenance
  • Cook (Any Industry)
  • HVAC Installer/Service
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Material Coordinator
  • Plumber
  • Recovery Operator

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Distance Learning Center
  • Library Services
  • Literacy Unit
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Title One Services
  • WebXam Online Assessment

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Applied Academics
  • Barbering
  • Horticulture (see below)
  • Plumbing (year-long and five week classes)

Vocational Horticulture and Turf/Landscape Management

This is a 600-hour educational program that takes approximately six to eight months to complete and obtain a certificate.  The students have the opportunity to prepare for and take the Landscape, Grower and Garden Center Ohio Certified Nursery Technician exams that are offered through the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.  

Students that pass one or more of these exams are issued a two year interim certification. They may apply for permanent certification if they obtain employment in the green industry. This BeCI vocational program entails classroom work and is community service approved which permits the students direct on the job training while servicing the community. The offender has the opportunity to meet with community partners, listen to their needs, apply their knowledge, make recommendations, supply a material list, and complete the project.

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Careers at Belmont 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 Belmont Correctional Institution — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.