Southeastern Correctional Institution

Southeastern Correctional Institution is a minimum/medium-security prison for male inmates that is located in Lancaster, Ohio. Operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, this facility has a population of approximately 1,600 inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

It is the policy of Southeastern Correctional Institution to conduct searches of offenders, their property, the physical plant of the institution, vehicles, visitors, staff and other persons, other areas and items as needed to detect, control, and remove contraband from the institution to prohibit its entrance into the institution. 

All Visitors must present one form of government issued photo I.D. (state or federal). The visiting room officers at their discretion will seat visitors and offenders. 

General Population: Visiting days are seven days a week. Visiting is closed on all holidays recognized by the State of Ohio. Visiting days will be divided into three separate sessions. 

Visiting Hours are: 

Morning session - (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) AM session weekends only 

Afternoon Session - (12:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.) PM session weekends only 

Afternoon Session - (12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) PM session weekdays 

Evening Session - (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) EVE session weekdays 

The cut-off times for entry for the morning session are 9:45 a.m. on weekends. The cut off time for the afternoon session is 2:00 p.m. on weekends. All day visits are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends. All day visits on weekdays are 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

General Population: H2, H-3, F-2, and I Dormitories:

General Population inmates are permitted “half-day” visits on weekends and “all day” visits on weekdays provided that visitors are able to reserve both the am and pm session.

All day visits are counted as one visit. Approved visitors are permitted three visits per month provided the visitors are able to secure a visitation slot. If you happen to secure any reservations that would put you over the maximum amount of visits you are allotted per month, that visit will not be honored. 

The maximum number of visitors per visiting session is three, which includes minor children. Requests for more visitors may be accommodated on a space available basis. 

F1- Dorm & M dorm:

Each visitor is allowed three visits a month. Inmates will have the opportunity for “all day” visits on the weekend, provided the visitors are able to reserve both the am and pm sessions on the same date. 

All day visits will be counted as one visit. The maximum number of visitors per session on visits is three, which include minor children. Requests for more visitors may be accommodated on a space available basis and the approval of the visiting supervisor. 

Transitional Program Unit Inmates: 

All visits of offenders assigned to the Transitional Program unit (listed as RH) have a maximum seating area for two visitors and one inmate who may attend the visit. The Warden, Deputy Warden, Major, and Shift Commander may deny any visit when security and/or safety considerations warrant such. 

Offenders who are in Restrictive Housing (RH) are permitted only one visit per visitor per month and may have a visit for a two-hour limit on weekdays only. Southeastern Correctional institution can accommodate two isolation visits at a time. 

Inmates assigned to the Transitional Program Unit (H-1), visiting times are the following for RH: All visitation will be non-contact (behind glass). 

Duration of visit will remain two hours.
The times will follow the regular visitation schedule.
RH inmate’s visitation schedule will be weekdays only.

LPH inmate’s visitation schedule will be as follows: 

For Limited Privilege Housing Unit (H-1) visits shall have contact visits the same as the general population. LPH inmate visits will have the same number of visits per month as if they were in the general population. 

Non-Contact Visit Inmate visiting facilities will permit informal communication, including discrete physical contact. Devices that prevent physical contact between inmates and visitors will only be employed when authorized by the warden/designee in those instances where there is reason to believe a substantial security risk exists or where a medical condition precludes visitor contact. 

Visiting Reservations

All visits at Southeastern Correctional Institution are by RESERVATION ONLY. Visiting reservations must be scheduled via one of the three methods listed below: 

Visitors utilizing the email method are required to list the following information when requesting a visit: The names of all approved visitors requesting the visit and relationship of all visitors with the inmate. The inmate’s name and number they are requesting a visit with. The date of the requested visit, and either morning session, afternoon session or if eligible all day visit.  Any special accommodations requested. 

  • Telephone (1-866-907-4516) on scheduled visiting days 

The reservation phone is on from 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on weekends, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on weekends, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. on weekdays 

Regardless of the method utilized to make reservations the following applies: 

  • Reservations can only be made two months in advance. 
  • Reservation requests must be made no less than seven days in advance. 
  • Reservations are approved on a first requested basis. 
  • All day visits shall count as one visit. 

When your visit is approved, you will receive a confirmation number for your visit which you will be required to provide upon your arrival. Once approved you may cancel your visit using one of the three methods listed, but it must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance. 

Visitor’s failing to arrive for a reserved visit or who fail to cancel their reserved visit will have the visit count against their visit total for the month and can be placed on a 30 day visiting restriction depending on the Managing Officers decision. 

Once received, reservation requests are processed and an email response is returned to the sender within 48hrs of the institution receiving the email. 

Dress Code

Appropriate clothing and undergarments must be worn to visit an inmate. 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

Video Visitation

The Southeastern Correctional Complex Lancaster/ Hocking maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visiting are as follows: Morning session is 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Afternoon session is 11:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., and evening session is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Video visits are 30 minutes in duration and an additional 30 minutes may be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit. 

All individuals requesting a video visit must be on the approved visit list or tentatively approved. All visitors must adhere to all applicable visiting rules as if they were visiting in person. If they are unclear of the rules for visiting, they should contact the prison at which the inmate resides. Approved visitors must create an account and register with JPay

Physical Address

Southeastern Correctional Institution
5900 B.I.S. Road
Lancaster, OH 43130

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DOC Number
Southeastern Correctional Institution
5900 B.I.S. Road
Lancaster, OH 43130

You must clearly write your inmate’s name and DOC number on the envelope of all 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 Southeastern 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 Southeastern 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


The Recovery Services Department at the Southeastern Correctional Institution offers a reentry-approved, earned credit-approved, three month cognitive behavioral therapy alcohol and drug treatment program. The Harvest Intensive Outpatient treatment program focuses on helping participants develop cognitive strategies and positive behavioral skills to restructure their lifestyle. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are eligible for continuing care services that include professionally facilitated group meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous fellowship meetings. 

Intensive Program Prison (IPP)

The IPP program is a voluntary program that allows the offender a second chance to change.  Program eligibility is determined at the reception phase of the offender's incarceration. The offender completes ninety days of actual incarceration and is then placed on post release supervision for an appropriate period of time.  

The SCI IPP Environmentally Conscientious Opportunities (ECO) system incorporates three components, education, skill development, and programming to provide the participant with work related skills, training, and experience to increase their understanding of environmental issues and the green economy, while simultaneously strengthening their academic and labor market skills, thus enhancing their opportunity for gainful employment upon release from incarceration. 

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.

Community Services

  • Teddy Bears
  • Wings - Sweaters
  • Second Chance Companions - Puppy Training
  • Roses for the Chaplain
  • SCI Reclaimers - Recycling


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • Literacy Unit
  • Industries
  • Health Tech Cleaning Supplies


  • Building Maintenance
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Janitorial
  • Plumbing
  • Recovery Operator
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Welding

Advanced Jobs Training Program

  • Sinclair Community College

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