Correctional Reception Center

Correctional Reception Center is a prison for male inmates that is located in Orient, Ohio. This facility is operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and can house approximately 1,800 inmates. Correctional Reception Center is adjacent to Pickaway Correctional Institution.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Notice: CRC does not do reservations for visitation.

Reception Status Inmates:

After the EIGHTH day of incarceration at CRC, inmates will be eligible to receive visitors on their scheduled day. Available visit times are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. to be processed for morning visiting and no later than 1:30 p.m. for afternoon visiting in order to be permitted to visit. 

The designated day to visit a reception inmate is based on the inmate's institution number, as follows: Monday — Numbers ending in 1, 2; Tuesday — Numbers ending in 3, 4, Mental Health (all numbers); Wednesday — Numbers ending in 5, 6; Thursday — Numbers ending in 7, 8, Mental Health (all numbers); Friday — Numbers ending in 9, 0. No visiting on weekends or state holidays. All day visiting UNLESS the visiting room becomes full. Maximum of 5 visitors per visit. Two visits a month per person on the approved visiting list. Visitors of reception inmates are permitted to download and bring the completed visitor application with them on their first visit.  

General Population Inmates:

Saturday, Sunday- 8:00 a.m. — 3:15 p.m. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. to be processed for morning visiting and no later than 1:30 p.m. for afternoon visiting in order to be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot be processed into visitation between 9:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. Visiting is closed for all inmates on all State Holidays.

Mental Health Visitation:

This includes all of Mental Health. Visitations are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. to be processed for morning visiting and no later than 1:45 p.m. for afternoon visiting in order to be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot be processed into visitation between 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Visiting is closed for all inmates on all State Holidays.

Disciplinary/Local Control Visitation:

Inmates in Disciplinary Control and Local Control may receive one non-contact visit per month if approved by the TPU Supervisor. Visit is limited to two hours.

Protective Custody/Security Control:

Inmates in Disciplinary Control and Local Control may receive two non-contact visits per month if approved by the TPU Supervisor.

Transitional Program Unit Visits:

Opportunities for visitation unless there are substantial reasons for withholding such privileges. Inmates in RH for pre-hearing detention or investigation shall have the same access to visitation as general population inmates unless security or safety considerations dictate otherwise. Inmates in RH as a result of an RIB disposition, SMP disposition, or security increase shall be limited to one (1) visit per visitor per month, during weekdays, with a two (2) hour limit. 

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Visiting Applications and Procedures

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.

ALL VISITORS must prove relationships to the inmate by providing appropriate documentation i.e. birth certificate and/or marriage certificate.

Visitors may purchase a vending card with a $5 bill to buy food items during the visit as no money is permitted in the visitation room. Visitors may also purchase tokens from the token machine for pictures during visits. The cost is $3 for one picture and $5 for two pictures with a maximum of six pictures.

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 Correctional Reception Center maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. There is NO video visiting in the reception housing units. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: Visits can be scheduled between 8am-10am daily, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. daily and 5 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. daily. The cost of the video visit is: $9.90 for a 30 minute visit.

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 should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance to insure proper notification; however, they may be scheduled up to one hour in advance of the time that they are requesting.

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Physical Address

Correctional Reception Center
11271 State Route 762
Orient, OH 43146

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Correctional Reception Center
Box 300
Orient, OH 43146

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 JPay email to allow family and friends 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 Correctional Reception Center 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.

Reception inmates generally have access to the phone five days per week, normally during the hours of 2 p.m. — 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at the Correctional Reception Center 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

The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

OBB is a public-private partnership that helps connect low and moderate income Ohioans with free tax preparation and access to potential public benefits and work supports. In May 2008, CRC began providing services to those offenders who have 30 days or less to serve in our system. 

In partnership with the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) and the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. The OBB encourages eligible Ohioans to claim tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and public benefits such as food stamps, child care subsidies, home energy assistance and children’s health care insurance, by helping them prepare and file applications. Volunteer Benefit Bank counselors are available to help determine eligibility and complete applications for inmates and their families.

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.

Community Services

  • Adoptable Dog Program
  • Touching Little Lives - Sewing to Aid Single Moms
  • Creation of Stuffed Animals for Delaware County Foster Kids


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School English
  • High School Math
  • High School PE/Health
  • High School Science
  • High School Social Studies

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Boiler Operator
  • Cook (any industry)
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electronic Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Laundry Machine Mechanic
  • Maintenance Repairer, Building
  • Material Coordinator
  • Powerhouse Mechanic
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Recovery Operator
  • Welder, Fitter
  • Welder, Combination

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services
  • Library Services
  • Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs
  • Horticulture
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Resilient Flooring

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Careers at Correctional Reception Center

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 Correctional Reception Center — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.