Pickaway Correctional Institution
The Pickaway Correctional Institution is a state prison located in Scioto Township, Pickaway County, just outside Orient, Ohio, USA which mostly houses minimum and medium security inmates. PCI was opened as a prison in 1984 after the buildings which formerly housed a facility for Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities had been closed.
Although the structures were not built to house prisoners, Warden James Jackson modified the condemned buildings into secure housing for inmates. The prison houses 2107 inmates and 511 staff members (out of which 249 are the security staff). Inmates have an opportunity to take classes at Hocking College or learn the printing trade at the OPI Print Shop. In 2000, former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft approached the Warden about establishing a reading room for the children who visited their incarcerated parents. The reading room opened within a few years and includes an inmate narrator who reads to the visiting children twice a day.
As of December 2010 the warden is Brian Cook.
The most notorious inmates of this prison were Posteal Laskey Jr., the Cincinnati Strangler, until his death by natural causes on May 29, 2007, and Ariel Castro, who held three women hostage in his home from 2002 to 2013.
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