There are 102 county jails in Ohio’s 88 counties serving as home to roughly 20,000 inmates. Not bad, considering there are over 11.5 million people living in the Buckeye State. In fact, Ohio has one of the lowest incarceration rates in America.
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With that in mind, here are the top ten county jails in Ohio, listed in descending order by population:
1. Franklin County Jail (2,320 inmates)
2460 Jackson Pike
Columbus, OH 43223
This jail is the largest in the area, so no wonder it’s also the most populous!
2. Cuyahoga County Jail (1,860 inmates)
1215 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
This novel facility covers an entire city block. A bridge on the fourth floor allows access between its two middle towers.
3. Hamilton County Jail (1,475 inmates)
1000 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Complete with a technologically modern computer system that tracks inmate information, this facility admits roughly 55,000 inmates per year.
4. Summit County Jail (675 inmates)
205 East Crosier Street
Akron, OH 44311
Designated a full service facility, this jail operates 24 hours per day, every day of the year.
5. Montgomery County Jail (900 inmates)
330 W. Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45440
First built in1803, this jail has undergone much reconstruction, most recently in 1993, with a renovation in 2004.
6. Butler County Jail (920 inmates)
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
This maximum security facility, like the Hamilton County Jail, comes equipped with the latest technology to better manage inmate data.
7. Stark County Jail (505 inmates)
4500 Atlantic Blvd NE
Canton, OH 44705
To facilitate better management while keeping down costs, this facility contracts medical and food service employees from outside companies.
8. Lorain County Jail (425 inmates)
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Comprising the largest section of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, this self-sufficient facility has its own doctors and nurses, as well as its own maintenance and food services.
9. Lucas County Jail (405 inmates)
1622 Spielbusch Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
This main jail serving Toledo is located right in the downtown area. It offers full services, including religious services and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
10. Lake County Jail (315 inmates)
104 East Erie Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077.
This maximum security facility houses inmates with the most serious charges.