Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory opened in 1896 as an alternative to  the state penitentiary in Columbus.  The Reformatory offered male non-violent first-time offenders an opportunity for rehabilitation.  Despite the good intentions behind the reformatory’s origins, it was declared a maximum security in the 1970s and developed a reputation for inhumane treatment of the prisoners.  The reformatory was featured as the prison of The Shawshank Redemption.

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