Allen Correctional Institution is a penitentiary facility situated in Lima, Ohio and is under control of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Allen Correctional Institution was constructed in the late 1980’s about 80 miles NW of Columbus. It is a male penitentiary facility and usually houses about 1400 inmates that require both minimum and medium security.
In order to control these inmates, there are over 400 employees working there permanently, half of which provide security services. Inmates are allowed to get involved in various programs that can even give inmates the chance to earn a degree from the University of Findlay. In addition, they can also receive special lessons on power equipment technology, masonry, turf management or plumbing.
Fathers that are housed at Allen Correctional Institution can take part with their daughters in the Bonds Beyond Bars program, which allows them to participate in Girl Scout activities twice per week in the visiting room. There is also an organization that brings abandoned kittens to the institution so that some selected inmates can take care of them until a new family is found for them.