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June 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm (Uncategorized)



Even as I write this, the remaining buildings at Boys Industrial School/Fairfield School for Boys are in danger. There are no funds specifically allocated to preserve (let alone restore) these historic structures. Although they are controlled by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, ODRC’s job is to operate the state’s prisons. It is not in the museum business. The only real hope is for some independent group to take custody of them such as was done with the Ohio State Reformatory by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society. However, that is unlikely to happen unless more attention can be focused on the institution’s history. That is what my daughter and I hoped to do with our book, Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons. That is also why I am posting this typewritten chronology as a pdf.


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