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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Citizen Circles - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Citizen Circle?

  • Citizen Circles are groups of community members committed to helping offenders make the change from "offender" to "citizen".

How do Citizen Circles work?

  • Offenders seek involvement of their own free will.
  • Acceptance into the Citizen Circle is contingent on:
    • Completing of the application process
    • Accepting responsibility of past criminal behavior and acknowledging the harm the offender has caused others
    • Accepting agreed upon recommendations
    • Participating in community service
    • Setting goals focused on law abiding and productive community behavior
  • Citizen Circles focus on the future rather than the past.
  • Citizen Circles create an environment aimed at fostering acceptance and focusing on the offender's personal strengths.

Who should be involved in Citizen Circles?

  • Faith community
  • Neighbors
  • Employers
  • Community organizations
  • Victims
  • Offender's families
  • Ex-offenders
  • Education professionals
  • Social service agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Mentors
  • Corrections

How to join a Citizen Circle?

Contact the nearest Regional Parole Office:

  • Akron Region - 330-643-3010
  • Chillicothe Region - 740-702-1200
  • Cincinnati Region - 513-821-4804
  • Cleveland Region - 216-787-3010
  • Columbus Region - 614-752-0800
  • Lima Region - 419-227-2631
  • Mansfield Region - 419-522-2441

For further information, e-mail DRC.CitzenCircles@odrc.state.oh.us.