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Music Lineup Announced For INKARCERATION At OSR

2 Mar , 2018  

The Ohio State Reformatory will certainly be rocking this July. On Thursday, the new INKarceration Music and Tattoo Festival unveiled its debut music lineup featuring a battery of well-known bands.

Consider this. Over 30 bands on two stages. A tattoo festival with some 70 artist booths. Food trucks. Tours of the Reformatory. Vendors and the Hellzapoppin’ rock n’ roll circus sideshow.
Bands schedule to appear include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, and many others. More…

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OSR Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

10 Feb , 2018  

Everybody loves a good mystery. From classic characters like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, to modern day tv shows like Psych and CSI, mysteries are making a huge splash in pop culture. This is seen in the rise of popularity of murder mystery parties, with do-it-yourself home kits, bookable theatre companies, interactive productions and corporate events. More…

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OSR Seeking Volunteers In A Very Unique Way

1 Feb , 2018  

Are you “in the know” about the Ohio State Reformatory – or would like to be? Do you like the idea of interacting with people seeking to experience a unique tourist attraction?

The Ohio State Reformatory is looking for volunteer guides and museum store staff for the upcoming tour season. To apply, there’s a slight twist. More…

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Local Media Roundup: Ink In The Clink

25 Jan , 2018  

Over the last 48 hours, several media sources in Mansfield and Cleveland have reported on news that the Ink in the Clink festival, held last year at The Ohio State Reformatory, has apparently lost two planned venues. Media have covered this story from several angles as news developed.

As part of our role to keep our readers connected with local stories, here is a roundup of stories which we have been following concerning these developments. More…

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Former Ohio State Reformatory Staff Travel Back In Time: Video

9 Jan , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is taking a step back in time this month – and, in particular, looking at Mansfield’s venerable Ohio State Reformatory.

Former staff recently traveled back inside the famed Reformatory. More…


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OSR Marketing Director Profiled By OSUM

16 Oct , 2017  

From million-dollar movie sets to haunted ghost tours, Ohio State Mansfield graduate Dan Smith has a part in all of the action as the marketing director at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Smith grew up in the Mansfield area. From a young age, he knew he wanted to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield. “Probably around 9th grade, I made up my mind where I wanted to go,” Smith reminisces. “My mom went to Ohio State Mansfield and a lot of my friends went here and loved it. I knew it was the place for me.” More…

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Reformatory To Close Tour Season On September 4

24 Aug , 2017  

It’s that time of the year when regular tours at the Ohio State Reformatory end and preparations for the annual Halloween season event begin.

This year, the popular attraction’s last summer public tours will take place on September 3. On the following day, the venue closes as preparations begin for “Escape from Blood Prison.” Regular day tours will not begin again until November 24. More…


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Stallone, Others To Film In Mansfield; Open Casting Call Issued

15 Aug , 2017  

Mansfield will shortly be the site for yet another Hollywood film.

“Escape Plan 3,” starring Sylvester Stallone, will begin filming this fall in Richland County. Previous installments of the series have included actors Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. More…

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Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com Profile OSR

5 Aug , 2017  

A popular culture writer for the twin sites of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com apparently took a trip west recently to visit the Ohio State Reformatory.

In a piece entitled, “”Shawshank,” ghosts and Lee DeWyse: Historic Ohio State Reformatory home to movies, museum, music,” author Clint O’Connor provides an introduction to the building’s current uses as tourist attraction, concert venue, paranormal mecca, movie set, and more. More…


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Upcoming OSR Concert Previewed In Columbus Underground

24 Jul , 2017  

It’s not typically the case that Mansfield concerts are considered news in Columbus, but this one is an exception.

The upcoming August 27 concert by singer Lee DeWyze was recently previewed in Columbus Underground. As the story reflects, it was the Shawshank connection that lured DeWyze to consider a concert at the Ohio State Reformatory. More…


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This Weekend Brings Ink In The Clink

12 Jul , 2017  

There’s a lot which brings people from all over the Midwest to the annual Ink in the Clink at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Outstanding acts with national headliners. Over 80 of the best tattoo artists in Ohio. Tours of the venerable prison, with a sneak peek of the new Blood Prison experience coming later this year. Food trucks, “adult beverage” stands, and “oddity vendors.” Beer gardens and psychic mediums. More…

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Beards Behind Bars

2 Jul , 2017  

Check out these crazy images from Saturday’s Beards Behind Bars event at the Ohio State Reformatory. A great — and hairy — time was had by all! More…