Lake Erie Correctional Institution

Lake Erie Correctional Institution is a private prison for male inmates that is located in Conneaut, Ohio. This facility has a population of approximately 1,800 inmates and is operated by CoreCivic.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three sessions each day. The sessions are as follows:

  • Morning: 08:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Afternoon: 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM
  • Evening: 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM

The length of each session is two hours and thirty minutes. Special Visits can be requested and must be approved in advance. Visits for inmates in General Population do not have to be scheduled in advance.  They are on a first come, first serve basis.  

The detailed housing assignment visiting schedule is as follows:


  • Morning: OAB, LPH
  • Afternoon: SAB, OAB, HAB
  • Evening: SCD, OCD, HCD


  • Morning: OAB, TPU
  • Afternoon: SCD, OCD, HCD
  • Evening: SAB, OAB, HAB, LPH


  • Morning: SCD, OCD, HCD, LPH
  • Afternoon: SAB, OAB, HAB
  • Evening: SCD, OCD, HCD


  • Morning: SAB, OAB, HAB
  • Afternoon: SCD, OCD, HCD, LPH
  • Evening: SAB, OAB, HAB

Online visitation scheduling is available to approved visitors. You may request additional information from the Entry Officers. Visitors are permitted to arrive at the facility no sooner than thirty minutes before the start of each session. The cut-off time for a visit is thirty minutes prior to the conclusion of each session. The days and hours of visitation are subject to change. 

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Visitation According to Housing Assignment

Visits for inmates that are housed in the Transitional Program Unit (formerly the Segregation Unit) must be made by appointment only by calling the Visitation Department at 440-599-4100, ext. 25829 during regular visiting hours.  

Approved visitors can make a reservation as early as thirty days in advance but no less than seven days prior to a visit. If a visit is cancelled less than seven days before it is scheduled, it will still count toward the number of visits the inmate is allowed per month. Visits denied or terminated for violation of the rules of the visitation policy will also count toward the inmate's allowable number of visits in that month.

Inmates in the Transitional Program Unit (TPU) under Disciplinary Control are permitted one visit with approved visitors each month for one hour each and with no more than two visitors at a time.  Inmates in TPU under Security Control are permitted two visits with approved visitors each month for one hour each, and with no more than two visitors at a time. 

Inmates in Limited Privilege Housing (LPH) are permitted four visits a month with approved visitors, with no more than three visitors at a time.

Inmates in General Population are permitted two visits with approved visitors each month, with a maximum of five visitors at a time. Inmates in the Honor Dorm are permitted four visits with approved visitors each month, with a maximum of five visitors at a time.

All visitation procedures set forth in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Inmate Visitation policy will be strictly adhered to at this facility.

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit. 

Dress Code

Visitors must comply with the general visiting instructions and proper attire upon initial entrance. Wearing inappropriate clothing may result in a visitor not being permitted to visit. Inappropriate clothing 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, and backpacks are not permitted. Diaper bags and infant carriers are allowed, but clear plastic bags are preferred. You may bring:

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

ION Scanner: All visitors are subject to be randomly tested for physical contact with illegal substances.

Video Visitation

Lake Erie Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: Noon to 3:00 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.

Video visits should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance to insure proper notification for the inmate, but they may be scheduled up to one hour before the time requested for the visit. All video visits are monitored and recorded. 

The same rules apply to video visits that apply to visiting in person, and violations may result in restrictions that affect both video and personal visits, including the ability to send money. 

Approved visitors must create an account and register with JPay.  

Physical Address

Lake Erie Correctional Institution
501 Thompson Road
Conneaut, OH 44030

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Lake Erie Correctional Institution
PO Box 8000
Conneaut, OH 44030

You must include your inmate’s name and DOC number on the envelope of all your inmate mail. You can find their DOC number by calling Central Inmate Records at 614-752-1076, or you can use the online tool.

JPay Email Option
Please visit JPay for additional information about sending an email to your inmate.

The Inmate Food and Sundry Package Program
Family, friends, and inmates may order food and sundry packages from approved vendors  Keefe Group/Access Securepak, Union Supply Direct, and Walkenhorsts. Inmates have access to catalogs, flyers, and order forms for these programs.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Lake Erie 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

If you are an approved visitor, you can send money to your inmate at Lake Erie Correctional Institution through JPay or the ConnectNetwork.

  • MAIL - You can make deposits by U.S. Mail through JPay by sending a money order. 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.
    • 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 - Send money through the  ConnectNetwork website using credit or debit cards. OffenderConnect charges a transaction fee for using this service. 
  • TELEPHONE - Call 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

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Program

This is a one year program and covers two drafting areas. In Mechanical Drafting, students start by drawing simple two dimensional drawings working toward orthographic projection in assembly drawings with paper and pencil.  Students then start using the computer.  

The first program they use is AutoCAD to learn the basics of CAD.  Then the students start using the Inventor and from there they move onto three dimensional solid modeling. In Architectural Drafting, students start by drawing pole barns, sheds, and simple houses using paper and pencil and then start using the computer.  The first program they use is AutoCAD. Then the students can move onto three dimensional house design using Revit.  Over the course of the program there are several opportunities for the students to participate in community service projects.  

The class has drawn houses for Habitat for Humanity, designed skate parks, benches, trash containers, picnic tables and signs for local communities.  It helps the students feel better about themselves by giving back to the community.

LaeCI Reentry Center

Lake Erie Correctional Institution has a dedicated Reentry Center to help meet the needs of Inmates that are returning back to society. The Reentry Center is continuously updating information, programs, and knowledge about what is happening in the local communities and organizations to bring awareness for inmates before leaving the institution. Some of the programs that are currently offered in the Reentry Center:

  • Samaritan House Workshop
  • Health and Wellness
  • Child Support
  • OBB/Cleveland Food Bank
  • Signature Health Workshop
  • Reentry Video Conferences
  • New Hope and 211 Workshop
  • Roots of Success
  • Edwin's Culinary Club

The HOPE Center

The Ridge Project is a non-profit organization that offers the following: Tyro Dads: Eighteen week program developed to address unique obstacles faced by families when the father/husband is incarcerated; Tyro-nomics: Educates participants about being financially sound in order to success; Tyro Jet: Job ethics class that prepares individuals for the workplace and focuses on job ethics.

Lake Affect Media Studio

The Lake Affect Media Studio at LaeCI is a full functioning media studio where shows are produced, edited, and then completed for viewing on the ODRC Hope Channel. The Media Team is learning valuable and transferable skills about the filmmaking process. These skills include graphic design, audio, lighting, scene selection, video editing, photography, and communication.

Community Services

  • Garden & Worm Farm
  • New Hope Dog Program
  • Greeting Cards for Local Churches
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Christmas Cards for the Cities of Conneaut and Painesville


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Cook (Any Industry), Baker
  • Electrician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Maintenance Repair
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Material Coordinator
  • Healthcare Sanitation Technician
  • Welder, Combination
  • Janitor, Plumber
  • Film and Video Editor

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

  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Building Maintenance
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Drywall
  • Electronics and Computer Repair

Advanced Jobs Training Program

  • Ashland University

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Careers at Lake Erie Correctional Institution

If you are interested in a career with CoreCivic — and would like to apply for a job at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution — you can find out more information about available jobs by clicking here.