Ohio State Penitentiary

Are you looking for someone in Ohio State Penitentiary?  Ohio State Penitentiary is a state correctional institution in the Ohio state prison system, which is part of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  This guide tells you info about everything you might want to know about Ohio State Penitentiary,such as:  How to do a prison inmate search.  Visiting an inmate here.  The address and phone number at Ohio State Penitentiary  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Ohio State Penitentiary
Year Opened: 1998
State: Ohio
County: Mahoning County, Trumbull County
DOC: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Security Level: Medium, Close, Maximum,Minimum,Administrative Maximum, DR
Warden Name: David Bobby

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Contact Information

Below you have the mailing address and street address for Ohio State Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a package or letter to a prisoner there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the physical location of Ohio State Penitentiary.

Mailing Address

You should read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page if you are going to send something to a prisoner to make sure that you properly address it, and do the correct steps for sending a letter or package. If you do not use the correct protocol, the letter or package might not get delivered.

Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road 
Youngstown OH, 44505

Street Address / Prison Location


Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road 
Youngstown OH, 44505

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (330) 743-0700
Fax: (330) 743-0841

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you are going to visit an inmate. You should check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures sections further down on this page if you are going to try to visit an inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary.

Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road 
Youngstown OH, 44505


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Phone Number

State prison inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call your inmate, but, there are cases when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Ohio State Penitentiary.
(330) 743-0700

Inmates may be able to make phone calls with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax a letter to your inmate, but there might be times when it may be useful to know the fax number to the prison.

(330) 743-0841

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for Ohio State Penitentiary. You can’t reach inmates at this email. If you want to email an inmate, read the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 621
Total Staff: 389

Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at Ohio State Penitentiary you must use an exact process to make sure that the email letter is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not permitted to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain rules that you must follow when sending mail to a state prison inmate. If you do not then what you sent might not make it there.

Before you send anything, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards open and inspect and read all incoming general mail and packages. Incoming general mail is able to be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure security and safety or watch any problems having to do with an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the proper format for how you must address a package or letter to a state prisoner at Ohio State Penitentiary:

Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road 
Youngstown OH, 44505

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Inmate Money

Each state prison has a Commissary that serves to provide a bank account for inmate money and for purchasing things not issued by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can deposit money to inmate’s Commissary accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money through the postal service and have to send it to this address and follow the rules shows below:

The money must be a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold period, during which the inmate will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have valid prisoner information if the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and checks cannot be accepted for deposit so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are frequently transported to different prisons throughout Ohio, so you may have to look up the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Ohio state prisons: Ohio State Prisons

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary, you must be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate visiting is Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. a.m. – 2:30 p.m. All approved visitors are welcome. Visitation is by APPOINTMENT ONLY, call (330) 743-0700 x. 2111 to make an appointment. You can also email your visitation reservation to DRC.VisitationOSP@odrc.state.oh.us. Please include your name, the inmate name and number that you wish to visit, and the date and time you are requesting. The Visitation Officer will email you back to confirm if your visitation request is approved.
Level 1 (OSPC) – Full day visits 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visits may be scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. (Wednesday – Friday), or 11:00 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday).
Death Row/Level 5/Level 4 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (half day visits).
Death Row – Full day visit sessions can be scheduled for Wednesday – Friday, but will count as two visits. Only half day visits on the weekend.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every state prison has its own rules for prison visitation and these rules get changed regularly. The procedures listed here could be changed when you are reading this, so you should also read Ohio State Penitentiary’s official website to read the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance officer will make sure each visitor signs the inmate visitors log when entering the prison and upon departure.

Identification Required

Positive picture identification of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the points listed below, check the actual prison site because this information is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Ohio State Penitentiary records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Ohio State Penitentiary death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Info about Ohio parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about release procedures will be posted ASAP.

Inmate Programs

STEPS: Success Through Each Powerful Steps – provides a basic understanding of the Twelve Steps’ principles and how to apply them to daily living. Participants will learn how the steps can be applied in their daily lives to bring about positive changes and desired personal growth. Content areas include: Identify of 12 steps, concept of each step, application of each step, personal benefits, and problem solving model.
AOD Education and Orientation – examines use, abuse and progression to addiction. Provides factual information and examines personal use history. Content areas include: use, development of addiction, symptoms, effects, treatment options, community resources, treatment process and expectations.

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Prison Life

More information about life at Ohio State Penitentiary coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section coming soon.


A Ohio State Penitentiary photo section coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Ohio State Penitentiary
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Ohio State Penitentiary.

If you have any photos of Ohio State Penitentiary that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a correctional facility? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison in the past?

If so, click here: Ohio State Penitentiary Jobs

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The official website: Ohio State Penitentiary Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Details about Ohio State Penitentiary inmate family resources coming soon.


A Ohio State Penitentiary history section coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Ohio State Penitentiary inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Ohio State Prisons: Ohio State Prisons

Ohio State Penitentiary Links

The official website: Ohio State Penitentiary Website
Ohio State Penitentiary Jobs

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Links

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Main Website
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Prison Directory
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Prison Map
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Prison Jobs
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Prison Inmate Search
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Most Wanted

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Ohio State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Ohio State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Ohio State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Ohio State Prison Inmates
Ohio State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Ohio State Penitentiary

Have you ever spent any time at Ohio State Penitentiary? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

If yes, then please write your review about it. Tell us about your experience because others can learn what to expect.

Things you can put in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are an inmate at this facility, post your mailing address if you want to receive letters from people.

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