Marion Correctional Institution is a state prison run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. It provides minimum and medium security accommodation for around 2,600 men, although the original intended capacity was only 1452. The facility was was opened in 1954.
In 2012, Marion was the first adult prison in the United States to hold a TEDx event, and has held many more since that first one. Along with the opportunity to participate in TEDx events, the institution also has various self-improvement, vocational and educational programs. These include vocational training in agriculture, automotive repair, welding, and carpentry.
The Institution is also a part of a correctional industries program with a carpentry shop, a metal fabrication shop and and a graphics shop.
TEDx events held at Marion Correctional Institution have been "A Life Worth Living?" in September 2012, "What's Next?" in 2013, "Refolding the Box" in June 2014, "Youth" in November 2014 and "5 Year Plan?" in 2015.
To view the talks given at Marion Correctional, visit the Category:Marion Correctional Institution.
Some of the speakers include:
- Dan Royston
- Dawud Wilson
- Doug Crabb
- Gary Mohr
- Jahni Harris
- Jason Bunting
- Jim and Nancy Petro
- Parole Board Haircuts
- Piper Kerman
- Reggie Wilkinson
- Suanne Goings
- Tony Beamer
- William Morgan
From Alix Spielgel via Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?
As she tried to figure out if something rotten remained in Dan and the other prisoners she worked with, she decided to reject the frame of reference she used to think about people. "All these people I've met that have done really horrible things are not horrible people," Cohen says. "They're not bad people. Which was shocking to me."