COLUMBUS— The Ohio Senate today approved legislation introduced by State Senator Larry Obhof that authorizes 4.7 acres of land to be transferred from the State of Ohio to the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society. The land will be used to further the Society’s ongoing efforts to preserve the historic facility, which opened in 1896.
“This exchange will enable the continued preservation of the Mansfield Reformatory so that it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” Obhof said. “The Reformatory plays an important role in the Mansfield community, and I commend the many state and local officials involved for their efforts to protect and preserve this important piece of Ohio history.”
The Mansfield Reformatory housed more than 155,000 inmates prior to its closure in 1990. Since then, it has appeared in several movies – most notably the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption.” The facility welcomes thousands of visitors each year from across the globe for tours and other special events.
The Senate also approved Senate Bill 334 today, legislation sponsored by Obhof that designates October 15 as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.” The bill was inspired by several of Obhof’s constituents, and seeks to serve as an opportunity to increase awareness of and to offer support for those who have suffered the tragic loss of a child.