Lakin Correctional Center

Lori Nohe, Warden

11264 Ohio River Road
West Columbia, WV 25287
Phone: (304) 674-2440
Fax: (304) 674-6199

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Lakin Correctional Center to operate a safe, secure, effective and cost-efficient correctional facility that restructures inmate conduct through behavior driven, gender specific and cognitive programs, as appropriate, that facilitate inmates controlling their own behavior within the facility which provides for the inmate’s transfer to a community correctional facility or reentry into society while promoting a culture that mentors and encourages mutual respect between staff and inmates, staff professionalism, career enhancement, positive morale and pride.

Leadership Biography

Lori A. Nohe received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in May 1981. She was employed that same month with the Prince George’s County Police Department, a 1,600 member department, in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. In April 1989 Ms. Nohe began her career with the WV Division of Corrections as a Probation/Parole Officer assigned to the Parkersburg Parole Office. In August 1991 Ms. Nohe was promoted to Northwestern Regional Director in Parole Services and was later promoted to Northern District Supervisor within Parole Services in May 2006.

Ms. Nohe, a member of the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, was appointed Warden of the Lakin Correctional Center (LCC), the only Maximum security prison for females, in November of 2009. Ms. Nohe is responsible for the safe, secure and humane operation of the most diverse inmate population in the state; consisting of general population, punitive segregation, administrative segregation, intake, special management, behavioral health, acute medical, residential substance abuse treatment, community service inmates, Infant-Mother (KIDS) unit, Diagnostic inmates, and the Paws-4 People unit. During Ms. Nohe’s administration, the Lakin Correctional Center has received National re-accreditation two times from the American Correctional Association, with the last audit resulting in a 100% pass rate for mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

Ms. Nohe implemented a file scanning pilot project with her Records Department whereby all archived inmate files were digitally scanned, reducing storage needs. This program was completed in April of 2012 and has been a major improvement in recordkeeping to the facility whereas associated costs for file storage was eliminated, which resulted in a tremendous savings for the State of West Virginia. In May of 2011, Ms. Nohe was involved in the implementation of the Paws-4-People Assistance Dog Program that assists adults and children with disabilities as well as veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Paws-4 People unit at LCC has been a huge success and has been dubbed the “Flagship” for this program. Ms. Nohe implemented an overtime reduction plan with her executive staff and has led the state in this endeavor, meeting or exceeding the standard every year.


  • Warden - Lori Nohe
  • Deputy Warden - J.D. Sallaz
  • Associate Warden of Security - Joe Wood
  • Associate Warden of Programs - Craig Roberts
  • Associate Warden of Operations - Nathan Ball


Lakin Correctional Center (LCC) is located six miles north of Point Pleasant on WV Route 62. It is a maximum security correctional facility which houses custody levels ranging from minimum to maximum and is the only all-female prison in the state. LCC has a current capacity of 543 inmates.

The land on which LCC sets was donated to the State in the early 1920’s by a local family. A cemetery located behind the facility was the family cemetery of the people who donated the property. In 1926, Lakin State Hospital was built on the land where LCC is now located. In order to build LCC, the hospital buildings were torn down, with the exception of the activities building, which was incorporated into the prison as the gymnasium.

Phase I construction of LCC began in February 1999 and was completed in August 2002. The main facility was dedicated on September 25, 2002 and received it first inmates on January 29, 2003.

Phase II construction of LCC, consisting of a 124-bed dormitory style housing unit, a 36-bed modular style housing unit and a Correctional Industries Building, began in June 2005 and was completed in October 2006. Phase II was dedicated on November 16, 2006 and began housing inmates on January 09, 2007.

The Department of Education provides many educational and vocational programs for the inmate population such as ABE/GED, Life Skills, Business Education, Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance and Horticulture/Landscaping. Correctional Industries operates a garment, sewing and embroidery factory and manufactures inmate clothing, linens and office chairs.

LCC inmates holding an appropriate security classification provide community service to various agencies/charitable organizations throughout Mason County.


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