ODRC - Ross Correctional Institution (RCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 13, 2024
16149 SR 104, Chilicothe, OH 45601

RCI 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

Satellite View of ODRC - Ross Correctional Institution (RCI)

You can support your loved ones at RCI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 740-774-7050.

Located at 16149 SR 104 in Chilicothe, OH, RCI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. RCI 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 - Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) 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.

Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) is a close custody state facility primarily housing level 3 adult male inmates, with an additional dorm for medium-security inmates, accommodating up to 2,578 individuals. While violence rates are average compared to similar facilities in Ohio, medical services are noted for their efficiency with no backlog of requests. RCI provides standard adult basic education and GED programs, along with vocational classes in carpentry, administrative office technology, and barbering. Qualified inmates may engage in community service initiatives, including working with canines, Habitat for Humanity, and holiday present wrapping. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy program offers a three-month outpatient treatment for substance abuse issues, emphasizing counseling and sobriety.

Unique programs include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a three-month intensive outpatient program targeting chronic substance abuse and criminal behavior. The Reading Room promotes family literacy, providing a comfortable space for incarcerated parents and children, with inmate narrators reading books twice daily. The Going Home For Good (GHFG) unit offers a 12-month program focusing on the reintegration of level 3 offenders into Ohio communities, providing job skills and behavioral tools for successful transition.

Offender programs encompass community services such as Crayons to Computers and the Ross County Humane Society, academic offerings including adult basic education and GED, and vocational programs like carpentry, barbering, and administrative office technology. RCI's commitment to rehabilitation and reintegration is evident in its diverse programming tailored to address inmates' needs and promote responsible citizenship.

Inmate Locator

RCI 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 for all visits via the online visitor portal no less than seven days in advance and no more than 30 days in advance of the visit. Cancelations must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled visit.

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to confirm the hours before visiting.

Visitation Guidelines

  • Visitors must bring current government-issued identification (Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID). Visitors without the correct paperwork will not be permitted to visit.
    • Minor children five years old or older must be approved visitors. Documentation must be presented in the form of a birth certificate, custody paperwork or minor authorization entrance form (if required).
  • If any visitor has medical impairments that prevent them from clearing a metal detector, they must bring a medical card or documentation from their physician stating why they are unable to clear the metal detector each time they visit (ex. hip or knee replacement or a pacemaker).
  • Cell phones, electronic devices, keys (other than your vehicle key) and other items are not permitted in the institution. These items need to be secured in your vehicle. Lockers are available to store the items of visitors using public transportation. Vending machines are available.
  • If you are making reservations for someone other than yourself, please ensure they are informed of all visitation requirements and guidelines.

Vending machines now take debit/credit cards, no cash is permitted inside the institution.

Rules and Regulations

  • One hug and kiss at the beginning and end of visit.
  • There is no touching after the first and last embrace of visit.
  • All food items bought must be placed on a plate at the time item is bought. There is no storing of food items.
  • Be mindful of people around you.

There is an Imagination Library for kids and an adult may be present in the room with children. Incarcerated persons are not allowed in this room.

In-Person Visitation Hours:

Wednesday through Sunday
7:15 a.m. -10 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon visits start after the count is clear.

Video Visitation Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.