Additional equipment that is not installed for
regular long distance service must be installed for
the inmate class of telephone service. It is
used to control and monitor the privilege of making
telephone calls. This equipment was installed at no
expense to the taxpayers of Ohio and is supported
through the users paying for the service.
Additionally, a portion of the cost of the call is
returned to the ODRC and is used to support inmate
recreation and other programs such as substance
abuse. The telecommunications companies supplying
the service to each institution received their
contract by submitting a competitive bid.
Global Tel*Link offers several discount prepaid
calling programs including prepaid destination and
offender phone debit calling.
Both programs offer a 20% discount over the
traditional collect calling services.
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4) Why can't the inmates have a credit card, prepaid
long distance calling card or use a personal 800 number
to make long distance calls?
The Administrative Regulations that govern inmate
conduct forbid the use of a credit card by inmates.
Inmates however can purchase phone time with Global
Tel*Link at the commissary or their family and
friends can deposit phone funds to the inmate by
calling Global Tel*Link at
or by placing funds at one of the kiosk machines
located at any ODRC facility location.
5) Why are there time limits on calls?
Time limits are imposed to allow all
inmates to use the phone system. Each
institution’s Warden sets the time limit based on
the number of available telephones as well as the
security level and behavior of the inmate
6) What am I allowed to mail an inmate in prison?
As of January 1, 2007, all packages received by an
inmate must be ordered through
Group/Access Securepak or
Clothing and food items are permitted to be sent to
Level 1, 2, 3, 4A and Death Row inmates. Level 4B, 5,
Reception and Intensive Prison Program inmates cannot
receive packages. However, there are limitations
to the number of packages that may be sent. Inmates
(patients) with long-term placements at the Franklin
Medical Center (FMC), Frazier Health Center (FHC) or
Oakwood Correctional Facility (OCF) may receive packages
with the approval of the Warden. Otherwise, FMC and
FHC inmates are ineligible to order or receive packages.
Similarly, inmates who have been sent to outside hospitals
or who are assigned to disciplinary control or local
control are ineligible to order or receive packages.
Institutions provide inmates with a list of items they
may receive; this list may vary from prison to prison.
It is the responsibility of the inmate to provide you
with the list and the proper mailing guidelines.
7) Do Ohio prisoners have access to computers for
No, Ohio inmates do not have direct access to e-mail. You
may correspond with an inmate via the U.S. Mail or
JPay, an innovative electronic mail system (this
program does NOT provide inmates
with direct email access).
On correspondence sent via U.S. Mail, please
include the offender's inmate number. The inmate number
can be obtained by calling Central Inmate Records at
614-752-1076 or accessed through our
Prison addresses can be found on our
8) Can inmates receive money while in prison?
to $200 from an approved (or tentatively approved)
visitor may be deposited into an inmate's personal
account by mail, online, kiosk and telephone.
Please refer to
web page for more information.
9) How can I visit an inmate?
An inmate must request to place your name on his
or her visiting list. The staff forwards a visiting
application to you for completion. You may also
print a visitation application from our
visiting page. Once
returned, the staff reviews the application and approves
or denies per the visiting policy. Click
here for additional visiting
In mid-2010, the Department began piloting a
video visitation system at four Ohio prisons:
Belmont Correctional Institution, Noble Correctional
Institution, Ohio State Penitentiary, and the
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Approved
visitors for offenders in these institutions may
schedule 30 minute video visitations. More
information is available at
In addition, transportation for visitors may be available through
the following agencies:
10) When can I visit an inmate?
Dates and times in which visits are permitted vary.
The individual that you wish to visit is responsible
for sending you the guidelines to follow and the visiting
schedule. You may also obtain this information by calling
the institution's visiting office or going to
our visiting page.
- The Family Connections, Leavittsburg, 330-899-7963;
- J B Transportation, Cleveland, 216-863-1223;
- People Interested in People (PIP), Cincinnati,
- Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman (M2M/W2W), 513-681-4129
- 1) I was the victim of a crime, and the offender
was sentenced to an Ohio prison. How can I learn when
he might be released?
- You should contact the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation
and Correction's Office of Victim
Services at 1-888-842-8464. Victims of inmates incarcerated
in Ohio's prisons may register to be notified prior
to any release consideration (parole) of the inmate.
Upon receiving notice, they may either write to the
Ohio Parole Board or personally voice their opinion
in an interview with a Parole Board staff person. These
interviews are conducted by phone or in person during
"victim conference day." Victim conference day is held
once a month for this purpose.
Staff will notify persons who have requested notification
in the event of one of the following:
- Inmate escapes
- Death of inmate
- Release from prison to community supervision
- Pending execution of inmate
- Upcoming parole hearings
- 2) I understand that the offender in my case is
being paroled. While I do not oppose this release, I
do not want contact with him or her. What can I do?
- If you would like to ask the Parole Board for a
"special condition" of no contact, please call the Office
of Victim Services (1-888-842-8464) or the
Ohio Parole Board (614-752-1200)
to see if it is possible to have this included in its
- 3) The offender in my case will be under supervision
in the community upon his or her release from prison.
Can I find out the name of his or her parole officer?
- Yes, if you would like to find out who the parole
officer will be for an offender, contact the Office
of Victim Services (1-888-842-8464) or the Placement
Section of the Adult Parole Authority
- 4) I have been receiving threats or unwanted contact
from an inmate. What can I do?
- Contact the Office of the Victim Services or the
institution where the correspondence
is coming from to ask for assistance.
- 1) What criteria are used in parole release decisions?
- Release decision-making is complicated by the diversity
inherent in human behavior. Since parole is a privilege,
not a right, parole hearings are not subject to the
evidentiary and due process rights afforded those accused
of a crime. Since due process and guilt issues have
been resolved prior to sentencing, public safety is
the only criteria for release decisions. Parole hearings
provide for the repeated review of the criminal in prison;
continual reevaluation of the risk that offenders present
to society; leverage over offenders before they are
released; careful supervision upon release; and the
potential to re-imprison those who appear to be a threat
to the community.
Under sentencing laws in effect prior to July 1, 1996,
many offenders were sentenced to indeterminate terms
of imprisonment. These sentences may have wide-ranging
minimum and maximum terms. The Ohio Parole Board is
empowered to manage these investments in public safety
by determining if or when release is appropriate during
this range of years. Release on parole is a privilege
that must be earned. Violent and dangerous offenders
are targeted for longer periods of incarceration.
Considered at each hearing is the need for further incapacitation,
punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Current
and past patterns of offense behavior are considered.
A statistical risk assessment,
validated by periodic research, is used at each hearing.
Psychological and psychiatric evaluations are required
for violent offenders as part of the evaluation process.
By law, the Ohio Parole Board
must consider input from the sentencing judge, prosecutor,
and victims when the information is available. Offender
participation in programs designed to reduce the risk
of reoffending is expected and encouraged.
- 1) Where can I get information about available jobs
at the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction?
- You can download current job vacancies by going
to the "Employment"
link and click on
the icon "Statewide." This will connect you with the
State of Ohio Job Search page. From there you may search
vacancies by agency, title or county as well as access
the current list of civil service exams. You may also
view our job vacancies at any correctional institution,
central office in Columbus, the Civil Service Testing
and Information Office at 30 E. Broad St, Columbus,
Oh, 28th floor, or any One-Stop Employment and Training
Centers in your local areas.
Many vacancies are filled by current employees governed
by existing labor agreements, usually noted as "internal
postings." Yet many others are filled through
vacancy announcements and civil service exams.
Please review the Web site at
http://das.ohio.gov/hrd/applinfo.html for tips on
completing the civil service application.
- 2) What types of jobs are available?
- The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
is Ohio's largest state agency, with over 13,000 employees.
Over half of those employees are corrections officers.
We also employ nurses, teachers, doctors, information
technology professionals, parole officers, social workers,
clerical support, psychologists, account clerks, librarians,
maintenance, food service workers, and other specialized
services that are necessary to maintain our prison community.