Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               December 19, 2007


Ohio Prison System Shows Holiday Spirit Across Ohio

(Columbus) - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) employs over 14,000 staff and supervises nearly 50,000 offenders in prison and an additional 34,000 offenders under community supervision.  Staff and offenders within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s 32 prisons and 7 Adult Parole Authority regions (APA) helped families in need, local charities, and food banks during this holiday season.  This year staff and offenders donated time, money, clothing, blankets, gifts and food to make the holidays brighter for those in need across Ohio.  Offenders even took time to create Christmas cards for nursing homes in Southeastern Ohio.  Donations have also been made for our military personnel serving overseas.


As a result of their charitable efforts, nearly 3,000 children in Ohio will have gifts for Christmas.  Over $31,000 was raised for local food pantries, charities or schools, and hundreds of men and women in homeless shelters have been provided with warm meals and clothing. 


Many offenders were given a special chance to spend quality time with their children to create holiday memories.  Several institutions held “Child and I” programs that provided an opportunity for children of incarcerated parents to spend time with their loved one playing games, singing holiday songs, doing arts and crafts and creating lasting memories together.


“The staff and offenders of this agency have long been known for their charitable spirit and I am proud of our contributions to those in need during this holiday season,” stated DRC Director Terry J. Collins.  “I am especially pleased about the events that have brought the offenders and their children together.  A strong family connection is a significant key to success upon release, and activities such as these are examples of how DRC is working to maintain and strengthen these important family bonds.” 


For more information on DRC charitable activities in your local area, please contact the DRC Bureau of Public Information at (614) 752-1150.