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Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield

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The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio in the United States. It was built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990, when a United States Federal Court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. While this facility was seen in a number of films (including several while the facility was still in operation), TV shows and music videos, it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for most scenes of the movie.

The Ohio State Reformatory is currently open to tourists 4 days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 1 to September 2. There are also tours on weekends from February 2 to March 31 and holiday tours on weekends from November 23 to December 23.
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  • We were looking for something to do and found this by accident. Was a good decision to take the self guided tour 
    We were looking for something to do and found this by accident. Was a good decision to take the self guided tour  more »
  • It was very fun, we did the beyond the bars tour. The listening devices were nice, shout-out to David for being an amazing tour guide! Loved listening to him. 
    It was very fun, we did the beyond the bars tour. The listening devices were nice, shout-out to David for being an amazing tour guide! Loved listening to him.  more »
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  • it was a good 1st visit for us, way too many people tho.
  • The Mansfield reformatory was an incredible chunk of history. My sister Jojo and I Randomly found ourselves at the Mansfield Reformatory! My inner Crime Junkie squealed with delight as I totally geeked out. I’ve wanted to go here for 2 years. When we found ourselves in Mansfield with time to kill it seemed like the logical opinion. The Reformatory was build to reform Criminals that hadn’t committed major offenses. They were given 3 tools to be reformed. 1.High school education 2. A Trade 3. Religion It excepted its fist inmates in 1896. It could house up to 254,000 prisoners at one time. In 1960 it was turned into a maximum security facility. Then in 1980 the conditions had deteriorated to the point of the inmates suing the state of Ohio,the lawsuit was successful and they were all transferred to other prisons.

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