Ross Correctional Institution

Coordinates: 39°22′05″N 83°00′06″W / 39.36808°N 83.00167°W / 39.36808; -83.00167
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Ross Correctional Institution (RCI)
Location16149 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio
Security classClose to Maximum
Managed byOhio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
WardenWilliam Cool

Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) is an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) close security state prison for men located in Ross County, Ohio, near Chillicothe, Ohio, adjacent to the medium-security Chillicothe Correctional Institution and the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. First opened in 1987, Ross houses 2,037 inmates.[1] The institution covers 1,707 acres and employed over 350 security staff. As of January 6, 2016, there are 2085 inmates at the institution. Around 56% of the inmate population are classified as African American, 43% classified as Caucasian, and 0.01% classified as other. As of 2016, ODRC estimates that the daily cost for each inmate is $51.77.[2]


Gary C. Mohr has been appointed to be director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction From 2011 to 2018. Mohr had past experience in leadership as a corrections officer and a warden, including in Ohio Department of Youth Services and Ross Correctional Institutional.[3]

Roger Wilson is the chief inspector of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The chief inspector is responsible for maintaining order within the institution by addressing issues with investigation and inspection.[4]


The prison lies in Union Township.[5]


Ross Correctional Institution provides inmates with primary, secondary, and third level health care. Intensive care is supported by Frazier Health Center and Franklin Medical Center. The Ohio State University Medical Center also works with the institution for emergencies and long term hospitalization. Inmates are charged with a $3 co-pay from their personal accounts.[6]

Telemedicine was introduced to the institution in March 1995, which helped increase communication between primary care physicians and inmates. Over 19,000 consultations have been done through telemedicine.[7]

Inmate programs[edit]

Community Service[8]

  • Crayons to Computers
  • Job and Family Services – sewing teddy bears
  • Job and Family Services – wrapping holiday presents
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Canine for Companies


  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED


  • Carpentry
  • Barbering
  • Administrative office technology

Religious Services


  • Prison Rape Elimination[9]
  • Prison Sexual Misconduct – Reporting, Response, Investigation and Prevention of Retaliation
  • Sexual Abuse Review Team
  • PREA Risk Assessment and Accommodation Strategy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex


  1. ^ "Ross Correctional Institution". Archived from the original on 2008-08-23.
  2. ^ "Ross Correctional Institution". Archived from the original on 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  3. ^ "Director Gary Mohr". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  4. ^ "Office of the Chief Inspector". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  5. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Union township, OH" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 4 (PDF p. 5/5). Retrieved 2022-08-01. Ross Correctional Instn
  6. ^ "Bureau of Medical Services". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  7. ^ "Bureau of Medical Services". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  8. ^ "Ross Correctional Institution". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  9. ^ "ODRC Home Page". Retrieved 2016-02-05.

39°22′05″N 83°00′06″W / 39.36808°N 83.00167°W / 39.36808; -83.00167