Allen Correctional Institution
- not to be confused with the Allen Correctional Center, Kinder, Louisiana
|Security class||mixed security|
|Managed by||Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction|
|Director||James Haviland Warden|
Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution was built in 1987 in Allen County, Ohio on a 78-acre (32 ha) site 80 miles (130 km) northeast of [Lima, Ohio] that shared land with the Lima Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison that closed in 2004.
In June 1995, the parole request of 61-year-old James Ruppert, II was rejected and he was ordered to serve another 40 years minimum. Ohio had no death penalty at the time of Ruppert's arrest and therefore he cannot be put to death by the correctional system of Ohio.
Hope Taft, wife of Bob Taft who was the Governor of Ohio from 1999 to 2007, approached the administration at Pickaway Correctional Institution in 2000 regarding the establishment of a reading room for children who visit the prison. The idea spread statewide and the room has been built in all 32 institutions that comprise the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction including the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution. Each room has an inmate narrator who reads to visiting children twice a day.
2014 prison escape
On the evening of September 11, 2014, 19-year-old T.J. Lane, the perpetrator of the Chardon High School shooting, escaped from the prison along with two other inmates. Lane had been a difficult inmate, being disciplined seven times during the 18 months he spent in prison since being sentenced to three life sentences for the shooting deaths of his victims. Escapee Lindsey Bruce was quickly recaptured, and soon after, Lane was also taken back into custody. The third fugitive, Clifford E. Opperud, 45, who was serving time for aggravated robbery, burglary, and kidnapping was the last to be recaptured, being found in the early morning hours of September 12.
The population of the facility is 1,645 male inmates, most of whom are housed under minimum or medium security. A few prisoners are held under close or maximum security. The facility employs roughly 439 staff members of which 284 are classified as security. The cost of maintaining each inmate at the facility is approximately $62 per day.
Prisoners can participate in programs that will allow them to earn their GED or even a degree from the University of Findlay, located 30 miles (50 km) northeast of the prison. In addition, special classes are offered in power equipment technology, turf management, carpentry, masonry and plumbing.
Bonds Beyond Bars is a program that allows fathers housed at Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution to participate in girl scout activities with their daughters in the visiting room on a biweekly basis.
My Child and I is a program that educates inmates on issues regarding family responsibility, relationship building and behavior cycles to promote positive fatherhood.
Angels for Animals is an organization that brings abandoned kittens to Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution where selected inmates care for the animals 24 hours a day until a home can be found for them. As of 2007, 40 kittens had been brought to the prison.
The Sugar Creek Development Unit (SCDU) is a 60-bed residential facility on the prison grounds that provides psychiatric and psycho-social services for mentally ill inmates. For some, this program is only temporary during their incarceration while for others, the SCDU serves as their living quarters for the duration of their sentence.
The Residential Treatment Unit (RTU) is a special facility that also provides psychiatric assistance for inmates who have difficulty living in the general prison population and are admitted to this program not only from within the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution but from other correctional institutions in Ohio as well.
- http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/09/chardon_high_school_shooter_tj.html (The Plain Dealer)
- "UPDATE: T.J. LANE IN CUSTODY AFTER PRISON ESCAPE", News-Herald, September 12, 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "CAPTURED | Chardon shooter T.J. Lane in custody". wkyc.com. September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.