ODRC - Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 12, 2024
2500 S Avon Belden Rd, Grafton, OH 44044

GCI is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - low facility.

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Satellite View of ODRC - Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI)

You can support your loved ones at GCI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 440-748-1161.

Located at 2500 S Avon Belden Rd in Grafton, OH, GCI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. GCI offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on ODRC - Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

GCI, situated in Lorain County, is a state prison operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Opened in 1988, it accommodates up to 2,074 inmates across minimum and medium security levels.

Inmates at GCI engage in correctional industries such as braille transcription and fragrance bottling. Community service opportunities include animal care, roadside cleanup, and book assembly. Academic courses are available for inmates without a high school diploma, enabling them to earn a GED or acquire adult basic education.

Apprenticeship programs in tailoring, landscaping, welding, culinary arts, and more aim to equip inmates with marketable skills for post-release employment. The Chaplain's office provides self-help programs, anger management, and religious services.

Unique Programs at GCI encompass specialized housing units like the Veterans Unit and the Faith-Based Unit, catering to specific needs and beliefs. The Grafton Reintegration Center offers low-level offenders various programs and activities before release.

Sex Offender Programming at GCI targets high-risk offenders, while the Stepping Stones Therapeutic Community at Grafton Reintegration Center focuses on recovery through a community approach.

The GRC Media Center houses the HOPE Channel, offering video programming across the region. The CDL Program provides offenders with a Class A Commercial Driver’s License in a four-week course, with potential post-release employment opportunities. Edwin's Program, a culinary arts initiative, offers comprehensive restaurant business training and potential employment post-release, overseen by the founder of Edwin’s Leadership and Restaurant Institute.

Inmate Locator

GCI maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

All visits require a reservation, which can be made through the online portal or by phone. To make a reservation by phone, call the visiting room at 440-535-1193 or the Grafton Reintegration Center at 440-535-1307.

Visitors must be checked in before 9:45 a.m. for morning sessions (8 a.m. to noon) or 2:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions (12:30–4:30 p.m.). Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to confirm hours before visiting.

Visitors may be subject to random pat-down or strip searches as needed.

In-Person Visitation Hours:

Grafton Correctional Institution:
Available Weds through Sun
8 a.m. to noon
12:30–4:30 p.m.

Grafton Reintegration Center:
Available Fri through Sun
8 a.m. to noon

Video Visitation Hours:
Available daily.
7:30–10:30 a.m.
12:30–3:30 p.m.
5:30–8:30 p.m.

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