Chillicothe Correctional Institution

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Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Location Union Township, Ross County,
near Chillicothe, Ohio
Coordinates 39°22′28″N 83°0′41″W / 39.37444°N 83.01139°W / 39.37444; -83.01139Coordinates: 39°22′28″N 83°0′41″W / 39.37444°N 83.01139°W / 39.37444; -83.01139
Status Operational
Security class Minimum to medium, death row
Capacity 2,950[1]
Opened 1966
Managed by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Director Mark Hooks, Warden

Chillicothe Correction Institution, or CCI, is a state run medium security prison on the west bank of the Scioto River just outside Chillicothe, Ohio. It is located adjacent to Ross Correctional Institution and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. The prison is a former military camp, named for Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. It later became a federal penitentiary and has housed several high profile prisoners including Charles Manson, bootlegger Junior Johnson, and serial killer Anthony Sowell. Sowell currently resides there and is on death row.

Mr W.D.Salisbury was a Warden for the Institute in 1971

Country music legend Johnny Paycheck also served a 22 month stint in CCI. During Paycheck's time there his friend and fellow musician Merle Haggard performed for the inmates.

Death row relocation[edit]

On October 3, 2011, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections announced that the majority of Ohio's male death row would be moved to CCI from the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) in Youngstown and Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, with some high security death row cells being maintained at OSP and inmates with medical issues being held at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus. This was done to free up cells at OSP and Mansfield to be used to separate violent inmates from the general population as well as the increased security and reduced costs of transporting condemned inmates from CCI to both the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville and to the Franklin Medical Center for medical treatment.[2][3] The transfer of death row inmates was completed on January 19, 2012.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (2007-01-26). "Correctional Institution Inspection Committee Report: On-Site Visit at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution" (PDF). Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. p. 5. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
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  3. ^ http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20120127/NEWS01/201270308/CCI-death-row-receives-final-inmates?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs
  4. ^ http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20120127/NEWS01/201270308/CCI-death-row-receives-final-inmates?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs