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Ohio State Reformatory

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:17 am



We rode down to the Ohio State Reformatory, in Mansfield Ohio this weekend. Self-guided tours are $9, and well worth it.

This huge prison was built in 1868, and operated until a federal class action lawsuit brought by inmates for cruel and unusual punishment ordered the prison to close in 1990. It is notable for being used extensively for the filming of The Shawshank Redemption, along with many other films.

It consists of two massive cell blocks contained inside two wings. Each cell block has six tiers, with fifty cells per tier per side. All cells face outward to the windows, so no inmates could see each other (unlike what is shown in the film). A total of 1200 cells, with two inmates per cell, not including solitary confinement cells.

Outside the prison
Outside the prison


Warden's office in the film
Warden's office in the film


Left over from the Shawshank Redemption filming
Left over from the Shawshank Redemption filming


Chapel hall
Chapel hall


Looking down one row of 50 cells
Looking down one row of 50 cells


One of the cells made up
One of the cells made up


From outside the cell block
From outside the cell block


Another look at the cell block
Another look at the cell block


Shower room
Shower room


Solitary cell (solid door removed)
Solitary cell (solid door removed)


Solitary cell with barred door
Solitary cell with barred door


View from inside the solitary cell
View from inside the solitary cell


East wing cell block
East wing cell block


Electric chair
Electric chair




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Re: Ohio State Reformatory

Post by Head » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:42 pm

Do people ever sit in the electric chair for pic's?

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Re: Ohio State Reformatory

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:39 pm

Head wrote:Do people ever sit in the electric chair for pic's?
No, it's inside a glass case so you can't touch it, unfortunately.

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Re: Ohio State Reformatory

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:28 am

I watched "The Shawshank Redemption" two nights ago, for probably the 20th time. It is one of my favorite movies.

I had no idea the prison used in the movie was in Ohio.

Thanks for the pictures and tour.
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Re: Ohio State Reformatory

Post by bwagner6 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:07 am

We went to Mansfield for a tour during Ohio Bike Week with about 100 bikes. It was awesome. Here are my favorite pics.
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