If you’ve seen Shawshank Redemption, then you’re familiar with the Ohio State Reformatory — one of the most notorious prisons in the country.

But before it was movie set or even a maximum-security prison, it served as a place where young inmates could learn a trade and hopefully turn their lives around. It housed a farm, power plant, shoe factory, auto body shop, and more!

So who went to Ohio State Reformatory? And what did they learn? And why did it eventually close? Librarian Mollie Burns answers all those questions and more.