Marion Correctional Institution

Marion Correctional Institution is the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Some Ohio prison inmates are once again able to greet visitors, another positive sign for a system that’s been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Aug 21, 2020
At Pickaway Correctional Institution, 110 staff members and more than 1,400 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

For the first two months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., Ohio’s response set an example. Thanks to an early shutdown order, the state’s per-capita deaths from the virus as of late April were less than half of those in neighboring Pennsylvania, a state with similar demographics.

But inside the two states’ prison systems, it was a different story. 

Marion Correctional Institution is the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

More than 90 Ohio prison inmates and prison staff have died of COVID-19, as of Monday. Advocates have filed lawsuits and pushed for more releases of inmates to lower overcrowding and stop the spread of the virus.

Marion Correctional Institution is the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Prisoners can be heard coughing on calls coming out of Marion Correctional Institution, a minimum- and medium-security facility an hour north of Columbus.

The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

After widespread testing this weekend in Ohio’s prisons, the state says 3,312 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. That's significantly more than any other state in the country. 

Franklin Medical Center is under full quarantine due to the coronavirus.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Fourteen state prisons housing 21,000 inmates are now under quarantine due to the coronavirus, which continues to infect inmates and staff throughout Ohio's correctional facilities.

Marion Correctional Institution
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

An officer at Marion Correctional Institution has died from COVID-19, the first fatality within Ohio's prison system.

Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Three inmates recently died from coronavirus inside the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County. But the spread of the disease inside the prison, which is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine concerned.

A report by the Ohio Inspector General finds that inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution built contraband computers and used them to commit crimes.