Chillicothe Correctional Institution

Chillicothe Correctional Institution is a medium-security prison for male inmates that is located in Chillicothe, Ohio. This facility also houses the state’s male death row inmates. 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

CCI accepts visiting reservations beginning at 6:00am and ending at 9:00pm. Visitation is available daily during a morning session (8am - 12pm) and afternoon session (1pm - 5pm) in addition to the Saturday only session (5:30pm - 8:30pm). 

Visitors must be processed in no later than 10am for morning sessions and 3:15pm for afternoon sessions. Visiting is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours prior to your planned visit.

To make reservations, please call 740-774-7085; to cancel reservations, please call 740-774-7086. Reservations must be made in advance, but no earlier than 30 days in advance. Effective immediately, visitors will only be permitted to bring in one car key during a visit. All other items must be left in a locked vehicle.

Visiting Applications

Each potential visitor must complete a Visiting Application and have it approved before visiting an inmate. This application may be sent through the U.S. Mail, emailed, faxed or dropped off in person. Visitation will not be allowed until your application has been processed and you have 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 you may bring:

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

Video Visitation

The Chillicothe Correctional Institution has visiting kiosks available in all general population housing units. Video visitation is available seven days per week. The hours available for video visitations are 7:00-10:00am, 12:00-4:00pm, and 5:00-8:00pm. Visits are thirty (30) minutes in duration, but an additional thirty minutes can be scheduled if the kiosk is not scheduled immediately after your scheduled video visit.  Video visitation reservations must be made twenty-four (24) hours in advance and are subject to first-come, first-serve availability.

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.  

Physical Address

Chillicothe Correctional Institution
15802 State Route North 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Chillicothe Correctional Institution
PO Box 5500
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Written correspondence to inmates must include the offender’s name and DOC number on the envelope. You can find your inmate’s DOC 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 Chillicothe 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 Chillicothe 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

Therapeutic Community

In January of 2014, CCI was selected to house a Therapeutic Community dorm. Currently, twelve offenders have been selected as the core group in the unit and are being trained by staff to help more offenders that will be housed in the unit. 

The TC program centers around the community as a primary agent of change and a second fundamental TC principle is “self-help.” This implies the individuals in the program are the main contributors to the change process. TC participants are expected to become role models who actively reflect the values and teachings of the community. Ordered routine activities are intended to counter the characteristically disordered lives of these residents and teach them how to plan, set, and achieve goals and be accountable.

D.A.S.H. Animal Rescue

In July 2017, CCI partnered with D.A.S.H Animal Rescue. Danielle’s Animal Safe Haven started helping lost and homeless animals over 25 years ago. The program has rescued thousands of animals over the years ranging from hamsters to horses by placing them in forever homes. 

All the animals are checked by a veterinarian, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered. The program is credited with saving over 100 dogs with parvovirus and saving hundreds of cats and dogs from euthanasia at shelters all over the United States. While donations are appreciated, this program raises many funds by conducting yard/bake sales and several adoption events throughout the year.   

Inmate Reintegration Unit

The Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction provide reentry programming for offenders. CCI opened a Reintegration dorm that was specifically designed to meet the offenders programming needs. This unit was designed as the last step for inmates to gain skills that will equip them to become productive members of society. The Reintegration Unit is based on a pro-social model of integrating institutional and community resources to facilitate re-entry and reduce recidivism.

LIFE Program

Recently, a faith based program for the offender population known as the LIFE Program was started. There are approximately 120 participants housed in the unit thus far with the program being staff coordinated. The offenders facilitate programs based on religion, spiritual beliefs, self-help perspectives, and cognitive behavior changes towards a positive attitude. 

Other Offender Programs include: 

Community Services

  • Animal Trainer Apprenticeship


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

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Recovery Operator
  • Janitor
  • Plumber

Education Services

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

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support (APS)
  • Applied Academics
  • Food Management and Production Services
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Advanced Jobs Training Program

  • Sinclair Community College

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