Ross Correctional Institution Officer of the Year

Ross Correctional Institution

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Donnie Morgan


740-774-7050 (Fax: 740-774-7055)


16149 State Route 104 Chillicothe, OH 45601

Volunteers in Prison

Ross 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 Chris Markko at 740-774-7050, ext. 2519 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 7010 Chillicothe, OH 45601.

Inmate Funds

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

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Video Visitation

The Ross Correctional Institution maintains video visiting kiosks in every general population housing unit. The hours available for video visits are as follows: 7:30 AM – 10:30AM; 12:30PM – 3:30PM; and 5:30PM – 8:30PM.Visits are 30 minutes in duration; however, an additional 30 minutes can be requested if another visit was not already scheduled on the same kiosk immediately after the conclusion of the requestor’s initial visit.

An approved visitor is defined as: a visitor that submitted an application for visitation, processing has been completed, and approval by institutional staff has taken place.  Any approved visitor 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.  

Video visitation kiosks are available to all general population inmates in their housing units.   Inmates in restrictive housing (segregation) are not permitted video visits.   All visitation rules and regulations for video visitation are the same as institutional visits.  Violation of visiting rules during video visitation might result in a loss of visiting privileges.    All video visits are monitored, recorded, and/or reviewed after the video visit session.  Video visitation is limited to only approved and tentatively approved visitors.  Video visits might be stopped if a violation of visiting rules is observed

Approved visitors may visit for additional information


Reservations should be made by emailing the following address.

Information needed to schedule reservations: First and last names of all people visiting. All visitors must be approved including children. Inmate last name and number, what session you are requesting AM or PM (All Day, if eligible) and the date you are requesting.

Example: John Doe, Jim Doe and Jane Doe to see Inmate Doe #A123-456 on 6-27-18 for the PM Session.

Reservations are made via email or at the conclusion of your visit with the Visiting Officer in A-Building.

Visiting Schedule: AM Session 7:15 am to 10:15 am (You must arrive no later than 9:00 am for the AM Session and for (ALL DAY SESSIONS). PM Session 11:15 am to 2:15 pm (Arrive no later than 1:00 pm).

Visitors, please know that for security related purposes that late arrivals for the morning visits must arrive prior to 10:00am for entry. Late arrivals for the adternoon sessions must arrive prior to 2:00pm.

Please note: If you are assisting in making reservations for someone other than yourself, please inform them of instructions that pertain to them entering our institution.

Visiting reservations need to be scheduled no later than seven (7) days in advance and up to 30 days in advance. Any cancelations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Visiting Officers should reply back to your email within 48 hours. Keep in mind visiting is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and State Holidays. To download a visitor application and to see our RCI specific visiting instructions, please click here.

Minor children must be approved visitors. Documentation must be presented in the form of a birth certificate, custody paperwork or minor authorization entrance form (if required). Visitors without the correct paperwork will not be allowed to visit. For a minor authorization form, click here.

No cash is allowed to be taken into the Visiting Room. Visitors can purchase a vending card in A-Building. You will need a Five Dollar Bill ($5.00) to purchase this card. Once purchased, you can load up to Fifty Dollars ($50.00) on your card.

Visitors need to bring current government issued identification, (Driver’s License, State ID or Military ID).

If any visitor has any medical impairments where they cannot clear a metal detector, they will need a medical card or documentation from their physician stating why they are unable to clear the metal detector each time they visit. Examples include, hip or knee replacement or a pacemaker.

Cell phones, electronic devices, keys (other than your vehicle key) and other items not allowed in the institution need to be secured in your vehicle.

Lockers are available for visitors using public transportation to store your items.

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please check the website to verify visiting hours before planning a visit. Click here for additional information.

RCI News

Institutional Information

Date Opened 1987
Total Acreage 1,707
Accreditation Status Yes
Total Staff 494
Population (as of 7/1/19) 1,873

Unique Programs

Offender Programs

Community Services

  • Crayons to Computers
  • Job and Family Services - Teddy Bears
  • Job and Family Services - Holiday Present Wrapping
  • Job and Family Services - Curtain Climbers
  • Vannie Project
  • Ross County Humane Society
  • RCI Recycling
  • Relay for Life
  • Local Schools: Adena, Unioto, Huntington
  • Local Churches


  • Adult Basic Education (ABLE)
  • GED

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Various

Education Services

  • Various

Career-Technical (Vocational) Programs

  • Carpentry
  • Barbering
  • Administrative Office Technology

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