Dayton Correctional Officer of the Year

Dayton Correctional Institution


Shelbie Smith


937-263-0060 (Fax: 937-263-1322)


4104 Germantown Street Dayton, OH 45417

Volunteers in Prison

Dayton Correctional Institution is committed to recruiting dedicated and resourceful volunteers to assist in reentry efforts by providing services to offenders.  For additional information on these opportunities or the application process, please contact Pamela Reid at (937) 684-8557 or via email

Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 to protect individuals from prison rape.  Click here for more information.

Religious Services

Click here to view a complete listing of available programming/services.


Written correspondence to inmates must include the inmate's name and number on the envelope and be addressed to PO Box 17399 Dayton, OH 45418. Click here for Legal Mail information

Inmate Funds

For additional information on inmate funds or other deposit options please click here.

DCI on Social

Stay up to date with the latest news from DCI on Facebook.

Video Visitation

Dayton Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours of availability for video visits are as follows: 8:00 AM – 10:00AM; 12:30PM – 3:00PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM.  Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if there is no one scheduled at the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the initial video visit.

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff may request a video visit.   Approved visitors must create an account and  register with JPay. When family members register to have a video visit, they are prompted  by  JPay through a series of steps to achieve their visit. Video visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time that they are requesting.   

Approved visitors may visit for additional information


Visitation is available Wednesday through Sunday with sessions from 12:30pm - 3:30pm (must arrive by 2pm) and 4:30pm - 7:30pm (must arrive by 6pm). First time visitors must complete an orientation session which begins promptly at 12pm for the first session and 4pm for the second session. Please have documents ready for visitation (custody paperwork, birth certificate, authorization of minor child form, etc.) or the visitor will not be permitted entrance into visitation.


Visits are by appointment only and reservations can be made at this site. Customer support for visiting reservations can be reached at: (855) 208-7349 or


Example of Visitation Reservation Request:

·         Jane Doe +2 minors      (Approved visitors First and Last Name, please put +minor for kids 17 and under)

·         Doe #12345                    (Inmates Last Name and Inmate Number)

·         4/1/2016                         (Date that you are wanting to schedule the visit on)

·         12:30 session                  (Session you want to visit – we have 12:30-3:30 and 4:30-7:30 sessions)


Information Needed to Schedule:

In the reservation email request, please provide: adult visitor(s) full first and last names; for children age 17 and younger, please do not give name, just list as a minor child and bring correct paperwork; inmate last name and inmate number; date and session you want to reserve. Example: Jane Doe +2 minors to see inmate Doe, #A111-111 on 4/15/16, at 12:30pm.

DCI-Specific Visiting Information:

Visitors will be allowed to bring in $20 on their visit. Vending machines only accept $5, $1, quarters, dimes and nickles. Be advised that officers in visitation do not have change, so bring the necessary funds. In case of money lost in vending machines, contact AVI at 937-878-8727. Visitors only need to bring necessary money, minor paperwork and current government issued identification (driver's license, state ID, military or Passport). All other items need to be left in vehicle or lockers located in the Entry Building (cell phones, electronics, excess money or items not approved to be in the institution).

Click here for additional information.

DCI News

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1987
Total Acreage 75
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 257
Population (as of 7/1/19) 857

Unique Programs


Release preparation and reentry programs assist our Offenders for a successful reentry into the community: DCI has created an environment in the Reintegration Unit which stimulates personal change, by initiating the development and implementation of teaching, training, and programming focused on transformative best practices, combined with connections to needed community resources. The Community Service Workshop is comprised of a holistic reentry continuum of care strategy; developed and maintained to give our offenders the opportunity to serve and support the Dayton Community through partnerships with several shelters, schools and community organizations. Both initiatives provide our offenders with best practices programs and processes, as well as community resource needs, based on their individualized Personal Transformation Plan. The reporting systems to monitor measurable goals and outcomes of the Reintegration Unit and Community Service Workshop helps the Offenders reach their Transformation Plan and assist them to become contributing members of society, while reducing recidivism.

Offender Programs

Community Services

  • Pilot Dog, Inc.
  • Circle Tail
  • Dogs Can Inspire
  • Animal Trainer Apprenticeship
  • Adoptable Dog Program


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • Pre-GED
  • GED
  • High School Options
  • Transitional Education Program (TEP)

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Alteration Tailor
  • Animal Trainer
  • Janitor
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Plumber
  • Recovery Operator

Education Services

  • Computer Aided Instructional Laboratories (CAIL)
  • Correctional Education Association (CEA) Tutor Training
  • Distance Learning Center
  • Library Services
  • Ohio Reentry Connections
  • Special Education Services

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Administrative Professional Support
  • Applied Academics
  • Food Management and Production Services
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Advanced Jobs Training Program

  • Sinclair Community College

Institution Videos

Institutional Location