Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     APRIL 11, 2005


DRC Prepares to Hold Parole Hearings on Designated Cases

(Columbus) - Recently the 10th Ohio District Court of Appeals issued its decision in Ankrom v. Hageman, requiring new parole hearings for certain Ohio inmates.  In response, the Ohio Parole Board is identifying inmates who will be eligible for new parole hearings in accordance with this decision. The number of those eligible will be in the range of 2,800 to 3,100. 


While the Department is preparing to carry out this ruling it also continues to discuss the legal options with its designated counsel, and is presently considering whether or not an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court should be sought. 


These inmates are incarcerated primarily for offenses of violence.    Their conviction and sentence was prior to the current sentencing code enacted in 1996 under SB2.  If released after a new hearing these offenders will be under parole supervision.


Once completed the database with all of the inmates’ names and crimes will be sent to all Ohio county prosecutors offices.  Notifications will also be made to victims who are registered with DRC.


Once a database for the hearings has been created it will be available for media through the DRC Public Information Office.


For further information please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.

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