Ohio State Penitentiary

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Ohio State Penitentiary
Location 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, Ohio
Status open
Security class mixed
Capacity 502
Opened 1998
Managed by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Coordinates: 41°06′34.85″N 80°34′39.36″W / 41.1096806°N 80.5776000°W / 41.1096806; -80.5776000

The Ohio State Penitentiary is a 502-inmate capacity supermax Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction prison in Youngstown, Ohio.

Throughout the last two centuries, there have been two institutions with the name Ohio Penitentiary or Ohio State Penitentiary; the first prison was in Columbus, Ohio.

Inmates in Levels 5B and 5A are classified as those who fail to adapt or those who are active participants/ring leaders of security threat groups.[citation needed]

Level 4 inmates occupy similarly-designed cells but have additional freedom to move about within specific cell blocks. Inmates classified as Level 4B may also exercise within their specific cell block, but are also required to lock down before security staff enter the cell block to perform range checks, serve food, etc. Inmates classified as Level 4A are not subject to this restriction.[citation needed]

Formerly, the majority of Ohio's death row inmates were held at OSP. In January 2012, the majority of death row inmates were transferred to the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. OSP does retain death row cells for inmates who are considered the highest security risk. As of January 2012, six high security death row inmates remain at OSP.[1]

Ohio State Penitentiary currently holds level 5, 4, 3 and 1 inmates. Level 1 inmates are housed outside of the institutional fence in their own building. Inmates placed in segregation are locked down without the exception of showers or restrooms.

Original prison[edit]

The original Ohio Penitentiary was located in Columbus, Ohio. It was razed in 1998 to make way for the Arena District. During its time of operation, the penitentiary hosted many notable prisoners including James H. Snook and the novelist O. Henry. During the American Civil War, the prison housed members of John Hunt Morgan's Confederate cavalry, who had been detained following Morgan's Raid. Morgan and several of his men successfully escaped captivity and returned to the South[citation needed] .

Notable Inmates[edit]

T.J. Lane (from 2014 to 2016) - Perpetrator of the Chardon High School shooting. Transferred here after escaping from Allen Correctional Institution.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20120127/NEWS01/201270308/CCI-death-row-receives-final-inmates?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs
  2. ^ T.J. Lane and other two inmates who escaped transferred to Youngstown maximum security prison

External links[edit]

  • [1] Ohio State Penitentiary
  • [2] Ohio Death Row Inmates
  • [3] Bill Nichols, "Contemplating Torture," Prisonersolidarity.org, Jan. 27, 2006.
  • [4] Andrew Welsh-Huggins, "Federal judge allows state to move death row to Youngstown," The Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2005
  • [5] Staughton and Alice Lynd, "Prison Advocacy in a Time of Capital Disaccumulation," The Monthly Review, August 2001.
  • [6] Daniel Sturm, "Ohio's Abu Ghraib," ZNet, August 3, 2005.
  • John Parsons (criminal) John Parsons