Tale of Two Cities: The Journey from OSR to ManCI

by John Futty. (Reprinted with permission from the Mansfield News Journal)

December 9, 1990

There was no mistaking Mansfield's excitement on November 4, 1886, when ceremonies marked the laying of the cornerstone for an intermediate state prison that would become know as the Ohio State Reformatory.

A headline in the Richland Shied & Banner proclaimed it as "Mansfield's Greatest Day."

The day's events served as the culmination of a long campaign by business and political leaders who wanted the prison built in Mansfield.

The campaign began shortly after the end of the Civil War, but it wasn't until 1884 that the state legislature approved the creation of a prison to serve as an intermediate step between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. One year later, a board appointed by the governor selected Mansfield as the site

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Walk the same halls as history's most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Whether you're hunting for the paranormal or simply looking to tour the beautiful architecture, you can find it here at The Ohio State Reformatory.