Mansfield Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison in Mansfield, Ohio.  The Reformatory remained in full operation until December 1990. As the result of a prisoners’ class action suit citing overcrowding and inhumane conditions, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ordered the prison closed by the end of December 1986. The closing date was moved to 1990 due to delays in constructing the replacement facility, the Mansfield Correctional Institution, which stands west of the old prison, where the yard, power plant, and other buildings once stood.

The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society is currently working to restore the facility to its original state. Restorations to date include the removal of debris, replacement of roofing, complete restoration of the Warden’s quarters, as well as the complete restoration of the central guard room between the East and West Cell Blocks.

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Mansfield Reformatory