What Is the Ohio State Reformatory?

The Ohio State Reformatory is an historic site in Mansfield, Ohio, where prisoners were incarcerated between 1896 and December 1990, according to the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society. The reformatory's architect combined Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque and Victorian Gothic styles to inspire prisoners to embrace a spiritual lifestyle.

The Ohio State Reformatory held more than 155,000 inmates during the 94 years it was used as a prison, notes the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society. It is now a site for educational tours and a venue for special events and business conferences. Several movies, music videos and television shows were filmed on location at the reformatory, including the motion pictures "Air Force One," "Tango & Cash," and "The Shawshank Redemption."