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Hocking Correctional Facility

Facility Address:

16759 Snake Hollow Road
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764

P.O. Box 59

Nelsonville, Ohio 45764

(740) 753-1917

Fax (740) 753-4277

Warden: Samuel A. Tambi
Deputy Warden of Operations: AJ Hamburger

The Hocking Correctional Institution seeks to provide a safe and a secure environment and rehabilitative programming for a diverse population, emphasizing on older offenders, through quality partnerships and holistic services.

Security Level: 1 & 2

Total Acreage: 18.3

Date Opened: 1983

Population as of 8/04: 461

Inmate Programs




Hocking College

Literacy program



Community Service

Ohio State Patrol grounds keeping

Nelsonville City Schools grounds keeping

Athens County Fairgrounds grounds keeping

Trimble Local Schools grounds keeping

Canine Companions

Pound Rescue of Athens

Basket making for Habitat for Humanity

Crayons to Computers


Building Maintenance


Vocational Horticulture

Animal Trainer - Apprenticeship

Unique Programs

Canine Companions for Independence Program began in February 1999. The program is unique because HCF is the only male institution in the United States to raise these puppies. During the puppy's stay at the facility, approximately one year, he/she is trained in the 28 commands using a training tool called a halti or gentle leader. The halti guides the puppies in their training while requiring very little effort to gain the attention of the canine. This is especially helpful to people with disabilities that have limited strength. After a year of training at the institution, the dogs are returned to Canine Companions where they complete advanced training before being placed with an individual with a disability.

The Aerobic Exercise Program at the Hocking Correctional Facility consists of three levels of aerobic exercise; chair, intermediate, and advanced. The different levels of exercise allow inmates with different levels of physical ability to participate. Before the inmates can move onto the next level, the inmates must be evaluated by the Medical Department, which recommends the advance treatment. Aerobic Exercise Programs are offered at 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Action, Communication & Tolerance (ACT): Open to all inmates, this program assists inmates in evaluating their behavior and how their behavior impacted to commission of their crime. The program assists the inmates in taking responsibility for their actions and understanding the impact of their crime, not only themselves and their victims, but also on their families and the community as well.

Visiting Hours

No visitation on Mondays orTuesdays.

Summer Hours

Wednesday through Sunday and holidays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winter Hours

Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays (split visiting) 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visiting hours are subject to change without notice. Please call the institution to verify visiting hours before planning a visit.