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Chain O’Lakes Community Re-Entry Center

New Visitor Registration Process

Step 1: Request Visitation

All visitors must submit State Form 14387 to be screened for criminal history, employment with DOC and relation to the incarcerated individuals before scheduling the first visit.

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Step 2: Register for ViaPath

All Visitors must register for a ViaPath Account and be approved before scheduling in-person and online visits.

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Step 3: Schedule Visit

Already registered? Remember all visitation requests observe Eastern time. Available dates and times will be listed for that incarcerated individuals facility.

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Mail includes, but is not limited to, letters, packages, newspapers, magazines, and certified mail.


Public Visitation:

Please refer to the IDOC visitation page to find the most current information regarding visits.

Attorney Visits:

Requests for general in-person legal visits between attorneys and Incarcerated Individuals must be made to the facility where the Incarcerated Individuals is housed. Attorney/Incarcerated Individuals visit requests are being scheduled and will continue as long as it is safe to do so on a facility-by-facility basis. Based on the conditions of each facility, they are subject to being postponed or rescheduled. A reliable alternative to an in-person attorney/Incarcerated Individuals visit is to schedule a confidential phone call. Incarcerated Individuals must have the attorney's phone number added to their approved telephone list. All calls are to be 'collect calls' unless the Incarcerated Individuals utilizes prepaid minutes.

Visiting Guidelines

** Work Release Residents can visit on either day/hour (Saturday/Sunday). *

Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are a vital part of Chain O'Lakes Correctional Facility. Volunteers are used to instruct the activities below which assist our population to change their criminal thinking by developing better coping skills to assist with a successful re-entry into our communities.

    We are looking for volunteers for the following groups:

  • Money Management
  • AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery

Community Engagement Coordinator

Rhonda Thomas-Hardy

Please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or donating. For general volunteer information, please visit the IDOC Volunteer page.

Community Advisory Board Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. (ET) 
These meetings consist of community advisory board members (CAB). A list of members can be found HERE


The Indiana Department of Correction offers a wide selection of programming, courses, and activities based on both facility and offender need, as well as available resources. Listed below are several current programming opportunities available at the facility. While staff leads some, many are volunteer-driven.
For more information on these programs and/or a complete listing of the programs the IDOC offers, please visit the IDOC Programs page.

  • Inside Out Dads
  • Substance Abuse
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Purdue Master Gardener
  • Anger Management
  • Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University
  • All Pro Dad's

About Chain O’Lakes Community Re-Entry Center:

The Chain O’Lakes Community Re-Entry Center is in Noble County, located inside the Chain O’Lakes State Park. The facility was established in 1967 and consisted of one building with a population of 54 incarcerated individuals. Chain O’Lakes now consists of six buildings with a capacity of 140. The facility offers a wide variety of educational and treatment programs to aid each incarcerated individual with his transition back into the community. The facility also provides a variety of work crews throughout northeast Indiana. Work crews help maintain Pokagon State Park, as well as Chain O’Lakes State Park. Crews work closely with the Noble County Surveyor's office, Indiana Department of Transportation and the local community on special projects that range from helping place sandbags during flooding to planting and maintaining flowers around the community.

Chain O’Lakes Community Re-Entry Center

Facility Physical Location

Chain O’Lakes Community Re-Entry Center
3516 E 75 South
Albion, IN 46701

Phone | (260) 636-3114

Send Mail to an Incarcerated Individual

Offender Full Legal Name, DOC #
Chain O'Lakes Community Re-Entry Center
3516 E 75 South
Albion, IN 46701

Reminder - Address both envelope and letter. All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, examined, and read by designated facility staff.

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