COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today applauded the recent announcement by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to renovate the Hocking Correctional Unit.
The Hocking Correctional Unit, which has been closed since 2018, will be repurposed into a day-treatment facility for misdemeanor offenders and a female only jail. $12 million in capital funding were approved this week by the controlling board for the project.
"Thank you Governor DeWine and Director Chambers-Smith for moving forward with this renovation and repurposing," Schaffer said. "This facility will play a critical role in treating and providing stability for women suffering from substance abuse disorders and aiding in the fight against the opioid epidemic."
The Hocking Correctional Unit was constructed in 1955 as a hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis patients. The facility was also used as a children’s center before becoming a prison in the early 1980s. Project design work will begin this month, with construction starting later in 2022.