What are some facts about Ohio State Penitentiary?


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The current Ohio State Penitentiary opened in 1998 and sits on 240 acres in Youngstown, Ohio, as of 2015, notes the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The prison houses inmates split between minimum, maximum and administrative maximum security levels, with the majority at higher security levels.

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The Ohio State Penitentiary is the only facility in the state that houses level 5 inmates, who the state considers to be predatory and dangerous, states the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. People who wish to visit inmates at Ohio State Penitentiary must make appointments first via telephone or email, must be approved, and can visit on specified days during desginated time periods. The facility also offers video visitation for level 4A inmates through JPay.com, and people must schedule these visits four days in advance.

The Ohio State Penitentiary offers several programs for inmates, such as "Accepting Responsibility" which aims to help inmates overcome their justifications for their actions, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Other programs for inmates focus on anger management, helping young men feel empowered enough to become more responsible, and physical, mental and emotional stability. Inmates at the Ohio State Penitentiary may take Adult Basic Education and GED classes, can choose to attend religious services and can volunteer for projects that help local schools.

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