ODRC - Marion Correctional Institution (MCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 12, 2024
940 Marion-Williamsport Rd E, Marion, OH 43302

MCI 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 - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at MCI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 740-382-5781.

Located at 940 Marion-Williamsport Rd E in Marion, OH, MCI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. MCI 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 - Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) 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.

MCI in Marion, Ohio, established in 1948, occupies a site once used for WWII German prisoners of war barracks. Its transformation into MCI in 1952 marked the beginning of a rich institutional history, characterized by innovative inmate programs and legal interventions.

Over the years, MCI has been led by various wardens, each contributing to its management and development. These leadership changes reflect the institution's evolution and adaptation to new challenges.

MCI has been at the forefront of pioneering inmate programs, such as the "Project Newgate" college program and the "Papillon" drug rehabilitation initiative in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. It also established the first all-inmate Red Cross chapter, offering inmates opportunities for personal growth and community engagement.

A significant legal milestone for MCI was the Taylor vs. Perini case in 1969, resulting in a consent decree and federal court intervention, leading to operational reforms and improvements.

The institution's history includes notable events like a riot in 1966 and its role in a music special featuring David Allan Coe, highlighting the journey of an ex-prisoner turned celebrated artist.

MCI offers diverse academic and vocational programs, including adult basic education, advanced job training, apprenticeships, and career technical courses like barbering, welding, and auto technology. Additionally, community services, unit programming, and religious services contribute to inmate rehabilitation and personal development.

The facility's commitment to rehabilitation is evident through its partnership with local organizations for programs such as dog, wildlife, and reptile training, along with community service initiatives like providing teddy bears through the Marion County Sheriff's Department and crafting loom knit hats for charity.

Unit programming at MCI focuses on personal growth and skill-building, with workshops covering topics like anger management, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Moreover, the presence of a reading room and theological seminary reflects efforts to nurture spiritual wellness among inmates.

Throughout its existence, Marion Correctional Institution has played a pivotal role in the Ohio prison system, striving to provide inmates with opportunities for education, rehabilitation, and positive personal transformation.

Inmate Locator

MCI 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

Reservations must be made through the reservation portal at least 24 hours in advance for all in-person visits. Same-day reservations and walk-ins are not accepted. Cancellations must also be made within 24 hours of the visit.

Up to three visitors are permitted at one time. All adults need a valid photo ID. For children, all required paperwork must be presented (birth certificate, minor child authorization form, and custody papers, if needed).

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice.

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