Everything You Need to Know About Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Ohio

Connect With an Inmate Everything You Need to Know About Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Ohio

How to Get In Touch With a Chillicothe Correctional Institution Inmate Fast

Do you have a friend or loved one incarcerated at Chillicothe Correctional Institution? If you want to get in touch with them, you'll need to follow specific steps and guidelines enforced by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC).

Contacting inmates can be a confusing and frustrating process if you go through the official channels. We’ll show you how. If you want to find and connect with a Chillicothe Correctional Institution inmate without breaking the rules or spending hours trying to figure out what's allowed (and what's not), you can save time and stress with DoNotPay. 

About Chillicothe Correctional Institution

First opened in 1966, Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) in Chillicothe, Ohio, houses up to 2,950 inmates on 72 acres. While CCI is generally thought of as a medium- and high-security prison, in 2011, it opened up a facility for death row inmates requiring less stringent security than more dangerous offenders.

One of CCI's notable rehabilitative programs is its dog training apprenticeship. The prison partners with a local animal rescue organization so inmates can help give pets a better chance at finding good homes while enjoying the emotional and psychological benefits of interacting with and caring for the animals.

CCI is sometimes confused with Chillicothe Correctional Center (CCC) in Chillicothe, Missouri.

CCI General Contact Information

Physical AddressChillicothe Correctional Institution

15802 State Route North 104

Chillicothe, OH 45601

Phone number740-774-7080
Fax number740-779-5398
WardenTim Schoop

How to Get an Inmate's ID Number

Before you can get in touch with an inmate at CCI in Ohio, you'll need the following information: 

  • The inmate's legal name
  • The inmate's ID number

You can run an inmate information search to locate this information on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction Offender Search website.

How to Contact a Chillicothe Correctional Institution Inmate on Your Own


If you want to visit a CCI inmate, you must be approved by the prison system. You can find an application here.

Once approved, you must make a reservation by email or phone:

  • visitationcci@odrc.state.oh.us
  • 740-774-7085
  • 740-774-7086 (for cancellations)

Visitation Hours

  • Morning session - 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Afternoon session - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Closed for the following holidays New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

There is a list of items that are prohibited from being brought into the facility. Anyone who doesn’t follow the rules is subject to losing visitation rights or arrest. All visitors, including children, must follow a stern dress code.

By Mail

Here are the important facts about sending postal mail to an inmate within the ODRC prison system: 

  • CCI staff will open and review all mail, other than legal correspondence.
  • Colored envelopes and/or colored mail contents are prohibited.
  • CCI will photocopy any mail sent with colored cards or stationary, discarding the original materials and forwarding the photocopies to the inmate.
  • Postage stamps and stickers are prohibited to prevent them being used as currency by the inmates.

You may send the following items to an inmate in a postal letter: 

  • Five or fewer photographs, 5" x 7" maximum dimensions.
  • No nudity or pornography
  • No Polaroid photos
  • Five or fewer newsprint clippings, maximum dimensions 8.5" x 11"
  • Up to five pamphlets or brochures
  • Single sheet, no larger than 8.5" x 11"
  • Bi- or tri-fold only
  • Five or fewer sheets of blank, plain white stationary and/or photocopies no maximum size 8.5" x 11"
  • Single-fold greeting cards. "Pop-up" cards or sound-chip cards are prohibited.

How to address a letter to a Chillicothe Correctional Institution inmate

Inmate's legal name (as registered by the prison)

Inmate's ID number

PO Box 5500

Chillicothe, OH 45601

Remember to include your return address on the envelope.

Shortcuts and Tips for Contacting an inmate by Postal Mail

By Phone

Chillicothe Correctional Institution inmates are not allowed to receive incoming phone calls. You must be registered on an approved list to receive outgoing calls from the prisoner.

The Ohio prison system's inmate telephone service provider is Global Tel Link, for which inmates need a funded account.

You can contact the GTL Customer Call Center for help at 1-877-650-4249 during the following business hours:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to midnight EST
  • Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

How to Send Funds to an Inmate

In order for inmates to make calls or purchases (including stamps, reading materials, and concessions), they must have an account with JPay. If you have met the same requirements to be approved as an inmate visitor, you are also approved to send funds to a CCI inmate.

There are three ways you can send money to an inmate's JPay account: 

Deposit through U.S. mail

  1. Obtain a money order payable to JPay
  2. Write the prisoner's name and ID number on the memo line
  3. Go to the JPay website
  4. Download, print, and fill out the deposit slip
  • Make sure your name is exactly how it is registered as an approved visitor
  1. Photocopy your driver's license
  2. Mail the money order, deposit slip, your driver's license photocopy ONLY (no letters or other materials) to:
  • JPay, PO Box 277810, Miramar, FL 33027


  1. Navigate to the ConnectNetwork website
  2. Create an account
  3. Sign in to your account and provide the information required:
  • The inmate's incarceration facility
  • The inmate's name
  • The inmate's ID
  1. Follow the instructions for submitting your credit card number

DoNotPay is the Foolproof Way to Contact an Inmate at Chillicothe Correctional Institution

Using the DoNotPay Connect With an Inmate feature is the fast and easy way to get in touch with a Chillicothe Correctional Institution inmate. All you need to do to start the process is:

  • Inmate ID number or booking number
  • Name of the prison
  • Unit the prisoner is in (if applicable)

DoNotPay Can Help You Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

DoNotPay can then assist you with these five easy steps!

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive for your loved one!


And that's it! The fast and easy way to connect with an inmate is made simple by using DoNotPay!

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Are you ready to get in touch with a friend or loved one at Chillicothe Correctional Institution? Let's get started now, so you can move on to the rest of your to-do list!

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