Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



February 22, 2013

CONTACT:  JoEllen Smith, 614-752-1150
DRC Office of Communications


For Immediate Release

 Ohio Offender Recidivism at Record Low

COLUMBUS – Just one year after Director Gary C. Mohr officially changed the agency vision and mission to reducing crime in Ohio and reducing offender recidivism, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) today announced its offender recidivism rate is at a record low, with only 28.7 percent of inmates returning to prison after release.  Ohio’s previous recidivism rate was 31.2 percent, still well below the national average of about 43 percent.

“I am excited to see yet another decline in the number of people who are returning to prison, and I believe the rate of the decline is particularly significant,” said DRC Director Gary Mohr. “Reducing offender recidivism and keeping Ohio’s communities safe are at the core of what we do, and this metric is an indicator of the effectiveness of the work we are doing to change the criminal justice system.”

Recidivism is calculated on a three year time period. The current rate is based on offenders released in 2009 (see Recidivism Report). During that time period, 4.68 percent of offenders returned to prison on a technical violation of supervision or a supervision sanction, while 23.99 percent returned on a new felony commitment.

DRC has implemented a number of strategies to reduce the number of offenders who return to prison, both as a matter of public safety and fiscal responsibility.  Several factors can be attributed to this success, including a reliance on evidenced-based programming, the Ohio Risk Assessment System, and refined reception processes that better identify offender needs.  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, greater use of Transitional Control and community diversion alternatives to incarceration.   

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