Chillicothe Correctional Institution

Coordinates: 39°22′28″N 83°0′41″W / 39.37444°N 83.01139°W / 39.37444; -83.01139
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Chillicothe Correctional Institution
LocationScioto Township, Ross County,
near Chillicothe, Ohio
Coordinates39°22′28″N 83°0′41″W / 39.37444°N 83.01139°W / 39.37444; -83.01139
Security classMinimum to medium, death row
Managed byOhio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
DirectorCharlotte Jenkins, 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 in 1952,[2] bootlegger and future NASCAR driver Junior Johnson, and serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Country music legend Johnny Paycheck also served a 22-month stint in CCI for shooting a man in a Hillsboro bar. During Paycheck's time there, his friend and fellow musician Merle Haggard performed for the inmates.[3][4]


The prison lies in Scioto Township.[5]

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 relocated 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.[6][7] The transfer of death row inmates was completed on January 19, 2012.[7]

Notable inmates[edit]


  • Anthony Cook – Serial killer who along with his brother Nathaniel raped and murdered 9 people between 1973 and 1981.
  • Quisi Bryan – Convicted murderer who killed police officer Wayne Leon in 2000 and was sentenced to death.
  • Shawn Grate – Serial killer with 5 known victims. Will be transferred to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • Anthony Kirkland – Serial killer who strangled, raped and burned the bodies of four females. Will be transferred to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • Michael Madison – Serial killer who raped and strangled three women. Will be transferred to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • Gregory McKnight – Serial killer who murdered two people in 2000.
  • Austin Myers – Perpetrator of the murder of Justin Back. Will be transferred to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • George Skatzes – One of the alleged leaders of the Lucasville prison riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Will be transferred back to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • James D. Worley – Perpetrator of the murder of Sierah Joughin. Will be transferred to Lucasville when the execution date is set.
  • David Lance Bruce – Sentenced to 33 years to Life for the murder of Tawana Beane, Melonie Carr, and Robin Brown.[1]
  • William Sapp (serial killer) - Sentenced to death for the murders and rape of 3 girls in Springfield, Ohio.



  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  2. ^ "The Manson Trial: A Chronology". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  3. ^ "Flashback: Johnny Paycheck Shoots Man Over Odd Brawl". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  4. ^ "VIDEO Ultra-rare Merle Haggard prison performance surfaces". 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  5. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Scioto township, OH" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. pp. 1-2 (PDF p. 2-3/5). Retrieved 2022-08-01. Chillicothe Correctional Instn
  6. ^ "Death Row move to Chillicothe frees up cells". Archived from the original on 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  7. ^ a b Archived 2015-07-14 at the Wayback Machine