All About the Ohio State Penitentiary and Contacting Inmates

Connect With an Inmate All About the Ohio State Penitentiary and Contacting Inmates

How to Connect With an Inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary

Ohio State Penitentiary is a super maximum-security prison with 502 inmates. The facility, which opened in 1998, is managed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Before Ohio state penitentiary was opened, there were two more prisons with similar names, in the first one located in Columbia, Ohio. The first prison was opened in 1834 but closed in 1984.

The current facility is in Youngstown, Ohio, and it houses only maximum-security male offenders. Despite the facility being a maximum-security prison, it is known for its rehabilitative programs and humane treatment of offenders.

To connect with an inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary, use DoNotPay since Ohio is a large facility, and it can be hard to locate an inmate. The app is fast and convenient to use even in the comfort of your home.

Ohio State Penitentiary Contact Information

You can access the facility by road. The table below shows all the addresses, including contact information.

Physical AddressOhio State Penitentiary

878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44505

General Telephone Number(330)-743-0700
Fax NumberN/A

How Can I Contact an Inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary?

Ohio state prison allows inmates to contact outsiders in the following ways:

  1. By Phone Call

Ohio state penitentiary uses Global Tel Link's automated call for inmates to call outsiders. The automated call system will contact you three times a week until you approve or reject the call. However, you must first be on the inmate's approved call list. You must also have a prepaid account with Global Tel Link; if you don't have one, call 1-877-650-4249 and create an account.

  1. Contact the Inmate by Mail

Send a letter to the inmate at the following mailing address:

Inmate Name, ID Number

​Ohio State Penitentiary

878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road

Youngstown, Ohio 4450

Be sure to include the inmate's full name and DOC number.

  1. Visit the Inmate at the Facility 

Ohio State only allows visitation by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call  (330)-743-0700 or send an email to the facility.

Visiting days begin from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 am-2:30 pm.

The prison also allows video visitation through JPay only if you are an approved visitor. To schedule a video visitation, first sign up with JPay.

How to Send Money to an Ohio State Penitentiary Inmate

Ohio state penitentiary only allows people on the inmate's visitation list to send them money through the following ways:

  1. Deposit the Money in Person

If you are on the visitor's approved list, walk into the Kiosk located at the prison facility entry. Deposit the money through cashier check, debit/credit card and provide a state ID containing magnetic strip that can make it easier to swipe.

  1. Deposit Online 

Sign up to Offenderconnect, then use your debit/credit card to deposit the money in the inmate's account. Make sure you provide the DOC number and the names of the inmates.

  1. By Mail

First, purchase a money order, fill out all the necessary information, and make it payable to JPay. Provide the inmate's name and ID number. You will be required to fill out an Ohio Inmate Money Order Deposit Form before sending it together with the money order to the following address:


PO Box 277810

Miramar, FL 33027

  1. Deposit the Money Over the Phone

Call 1-888-988-4768 and follow the guide provided by the customer representative. Provide the inmate's full names, DOC numbers, and account numbers. You should also provide your debit/credit card information, then deposit the amount you wish.

Can I Send Packages to an Inmate at Ohio State Penitentiary?

Yes, you can send packages to an inmate. Inmates at the Ohio State Penitentiary can only receive care packages from outside. All packages are subject to the rules and regulations of the facility. The items allowed include:

  • Personal hygiene items like shampoo, deodorant
  • Coffee,
  • Chips
  • Shoes
  • Underwear
  • Seafood
  • Candies
  • Meats

The prison also permits books and magazines to be sent into the facility. However, the books should be from Amazon,  and they should only be paperback or soft-cover editions. The items should only be shipped to the inmate's ID number and full name through the checkout on using USPS.

How to Get in Touch With Your Locked-Up Loved Ones With the Help of DoNotPay

It's hard enough that your loved one is locked up, but not being able to contact them easily can be heartbreaking. However, DoNotPay can simplify the whole process for you. All you have to do is follow the following 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 to your loved one!


DoNotPay Can Help You With Other Services

DoNotPay is an online platform that can help you with more than just connecting you with an inmate at Ohio state penitentiary. The app that was created to fight corporations and beat bureaucracies offers different essential services, which include:

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