Plenty of ghost stories center around the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory. Built between the years of 1880 and 1910, it was originally considered one of the finest prisons in the United States, and is now known as one of the most haunted places in the Buckeye state. After the prison shut down in 1990, it became famous for several reasons - The Shawshank Redemption was filmed there, and the spirits of long-dead prisoners wander the institution's halls. Over the course of the Mansfield Reformatory's existence, over 200 prisoners alone perished within its walls.
The prisoners faced brutal treatment and deplorable living conditions; both became primary reasons behind the Mansfield Reformatory's shuttering, which still took 12 years after the lawsuit was filed. Even the areas surrounding Mansfield attract negative energy, with the road leading to the site haunted by the ghost of a woman who endured horrible events while living on that same road. In other words, the prison assembled the perfect breeding grounds for ghosts and paranormal phenomena. The Ohio State Penitentiary haunted tours occur around Halloween, attracting hundreds of brave souls who want to witness these ghosts for themselves, in a terrifying prison no less. However, these creepy Mansfield Reformatory stories may convince you to take a simple haunted hay ride instead.