Shawshank Jr.

September 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm (Uncategorized)


Click on the above link to view a 27 page history of the BIS/FSB from 1862-1954. I have posted this for the sake of those who want to learn more about the history of the institution than is available in my book, Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons. While most of the buildings have been razed, a few still remain standing, although their future is tenuous. They are controlled by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. However, the business of ODRC is operating prisons, not museums. The hope is that these historic structures can be deeded over to a preservationists group such as was done with the Ohio State Reformatory. Unfortunately, this will require hundreds of thousands of dollars. I feel the more people who know about the institution, the better. Maybe Stephen King will write a story about it, Hollywood will come calling, and it will develop into a popular tourist attraction. We could call it Shawshank Jr.



  1. patti mann said,


  2. Lawrence Clayton said,

    I was a wayward boy in my teen years…and had spent time at the Boys Industrial School “B.I.S.”/Fairfield School for Boys (F.S.B.) And believe me…the going on’s there in the mid 60’s “would” make an excellent Steven King movie. If anything…the giant Victorian mansions used to house the criminals. and the deaths of some boys which was covered up by the State of Ohio. If any of you guys ever spent “time” there…let me know at or

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