Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
For Immediate Release April 8, 2008
(Columbus) Today Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins announced that 701 positions agency-wide will be eliminated due to budget constraints. This figure includes 539 positions which will be abolished and 162 currently vacant positions which will remain unfilled.
Correction officer, parole officer, teacher and nurse positions were all excluded from the abolishment process. These positions were not considered for elimination because of the nature of the services provided for offenders.
On Monday, the department reached an all time high with an inmate population of 50,099. The department decided not to close a facility because of the increasing inmate population which is projected to reach 55,000 by 2010.
This staff reduction represents approximately 5 percent of DRC’s nearly 14,500 workforce and will impact every aspect of operations within the agency. Other cost savings measures have been implemented and include hiring and equipment controls, an early retirement incentive, and the consolidation of some services at adjacent prisons and within Central Office operations.
Several months ago, DRC senior staff began the process of reviewing, reassessing and restructuring services in order to meet budget reductions. In doing so, the department is committed to maintaining the safety and security of the institutions as well as Ohio’s communities.
“This agency has been tasked with finding ways to deal with the severe economic constraints that are plaguing Ohio and the nation’s economy," stated Director Collins. “Our mission will continue to be providing a safe and secure environment in our facilities and in the community for staff and offenders under our supervision. The decision to abolish positions department-wide was not easy and I realize that some members of our corrections family will no longer have careers with DRC. This is a very sobering time for our DRC family, but I know that the employees of this agency will continue to be leaders and carry out their responsibilities in an efficient and effective manner,” said Director Collins.
For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at 614-752-1150.