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She’ll Add New OSR Dimension 

March 14, 2024
She’ll Add New OSR Dimension  By: Ed Kenyon  Proponents of prison reform and women’s liberation have scored a major victory Mrs. Linda Bolin being added to the “behind-the-walls staff” at […]

First Woman Officer at Mansfield

March 14, 2024
FIRST WOMAN OFFICER AT MANSFIELD  She Works Behind Prison Wall  By: Charlotte Taylor   MANSFIELD – The first woman officer in an all-male Ohio prison is a genteel, gray-haired mother of […]

March 2024 Restoration

March 14, 2024
March 2024 Restoration:   The Bullpen  When the Ohio State Reformatory opened its doors to the first 150 inmates in 1896, the area we know today as the bullpen was the […]

Females On Guard At OSR

February 26, 2024
This article was found on at comes from the May 7th, 1976 edition of the Mansfield News-Journal Females On Guard At OSR   By: Joan Brown   Mary Shoulders […]

Mary Loyd

February 23, 2024
Ohio State Reformatory Has First Woman Teacher By: Jim Brewer Mansfield News-Journal January 16th, 1972 After just two class sessions in her new position, Mary Loyd, the first woman instructor […]

News Article From 1993- “Roll ‘Em! Inmates fix OSR for Hollywood film”

February 20, 2024
Roll ‘em! Inmates fix OSR for Hollywood film By: Lou Whitmire MANSFIELD— Anthony Abott will be scraping paint for about 30 days inside the west cell block at the Ohio […]

February 2024 Restoration Progress

February 5, 2024
5 Rooms in the Wardens living quarters have been slated to be turned into escape rooms. Historically, these rooms were used as part of the Dignitaries Quarters for administration at […]

News Article From 1969- “OSR Chief ‘Keeps His Cool’ In Toughest Test”

February 2, 2024
This article was found on and comes from the April 30th, 1969 edition of the Mansfield News-Journal. Content Warning: This material contains images of firearms, which some readers may […]

Bennett J. Cooper

February 2, 2024
Bennett Cooper was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921. A few years later the Cooper family moved to Oklahoma, and then to New Orleans where Cooper studied at Xavier University. […]

Gates Brown- An Inmate Success Story

February 2, 2024
  Gates Brown was born in Crestline, Ohio in 1939. A star athlete for Crestline High School, Gates unfortunately found himself with “the wrong crowd”, and he spent some of […]

Restoration Updates – January 2024

January 11, 2024
Restoring Original Woodwork in the Administrative Areas   Our restoration team at the Ohio State Reformatory is always hard at work restoring areas of the quarter-million-square-foot structure. Restoring the original […]


January 11, 2024
From the Dayton Daily News Sunday, June 8th, 1930 Article found on Content Warning: This material contains references to violence, which some readers may find distressing. Reader discretion is […]