Ohio State Penitentiary

This article is about the current prison in Youngstown, Ohio. For the prison that once stood in Columbus, see Ohio Penitentiary.
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.

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.

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 with the exception of showers.

Original prison

Main article: Ohio Penitentiary

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.

Notable Inmates

T.J. Lane - 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|newswell|text||s
  2. T.J. Lane and other two inmates who escaped transferred to Youngstown maximum security prison
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