Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                            


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              November 18, 2003



DRC Releases External Evaluation of Prison Health Care System


(Columbus) Ė The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) received the findings of Dr. Steven S. Spencer, an independent consultant who was hired to review the Departmentís policies and procedures in delivering quality health care.   This review was implemented after Governor Bob Taft instructed DRC to hire an outside consultant and form an internal review committee to review and recommend changes in that would enhance the quality of prisonerís health care. 

The report, including an executive summary, will be available at the following address at 1:00 p.m. today: http://www.drc.state.oh.us/Public/medical.htm.  DRCís internal committee report and recommendations will be made available to the Governor by the end of the year.  For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.