Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                Contact:  DRC Office of Communications       

Thursday, February 24, 2011                                                                                            (614) 752-1150



COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) today announced its offender recidivism rate is at an 11- year low, with only 34 percent of inmates returning to prison after release. This milestone represents significant progress in the agency’s overall mission to rehabilitate and prepare inmates for productive life after incarceration. The previous recidivism rate was 36.44 percent. The national recidivism rate averages around 50 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“Our evidence-based programming, structured supervision, enhanced staff training and community corrections partnerships are working,” said DRC Director Gary Mohr. “However, we must continue to improve every aspect of our rehabilitative approach to further drive down recidivism, and ensure those who enter our system are given the opportunity to become productive members of society upon release.”  

Recidivism is calculated on a three year time period. The current rate is based on offenders released in 2007. During that time period, 7.29 percent of offenders returned to prison on a technical violation of supervision or a supervision sanction, while 26.73 percent returned on a new felony commitment. 

DRC has taken great strides in attempting to reduce the number of offenders who return to prison, both as a matter of public safety and fiscal responsibility.  A number of factors can be attributed to this success, including refined reception procedures which provide better assessments and identification of needs for new inmates, revised processes for assessing offender risk levels and better targeting programming needs for offenders under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority.  Other contributing factors include a more structured system of sanctions for offenders under supervision, staff training in offender case management and expanded use of a variety of evidence based supervision practices and community diversion alternatives to incarceration.   

DRC protects and supports Ohioans by ensuring that adult felony offenders are effectively supervised in environments that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure.