Ohio prisons no longer allowing inmate visitations due to coronavirus

Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:29:59-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has suspended inmate visitation indefinitely as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus.

According to ODRC, the following safety measure have been implemented:

  • Visiting will be suspended indefinitely;
  • Volunteers entering our facilities will be suspended indefinitely;
  • Only mission critical contractors (construction, medical, food service, etc.) will be permitted to enter the facilities. Mission critical will be determined by the managing officer;
  • Staff, mission critical contractors, and attorney health screenings will begin upon entry into the facilities;
  • No outside inmate workers will be in the community; inmate workers will only be permitted on state grounds;
  • Only mission critical transfers will take place. Reception, medical, and security are mission critical.
  • In-service training will be changed to mission critical only.
  • CTA trainings will only be mission critical and those necessary for staff to maintain their positions/certifications/licensures.

"We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is absolutely necessary to protect all Ohioans as best as we can," ODRC said.