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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Faith-Based Initiatives Task Force

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On June 30, 2005, then Ohio Governor Taft signed into law House Bill 66, biennial budget legislation. Included within the bill were provisions for the creation of the Correctional Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Task Force, which charged the taskforce’s 17 members to do the following:

  • Study faith-based solutions to correctional system problems by focusing on programs and services for incarcerated individuals and their families, diversion programs, and faith-based/nonprofit programs and services
  • Examine existing faith-based/nonprofit programs in Ohio prisons and other states and the possibility of program replication
  • Develop model faith-based programs to reduce adult and juvenile recidivism, assist juveniles with incarcerated parents, juveniles held over to or in the adult penal system

Ohio is often considered to be leading the nation in terms of reentry programming and initiatives. Of the 650,000 adults leaving prison this year nationwide, 67.5 percent of them will return to prison within three years of release. Ohio’s current recidivism rate is 38 percent, a small number by comparison, but when one considers that this means approximately one of every three offenders released from Ohio’s prison system this year will return to prison, it is not as encouraging a statistic. At a cost of $24,586 per inmate per year, and our prison population growing to nearly 48,000 in 2006, it is certainly in our interest as stewards of taxpayer dollars to make efforts to reduce these numbers while improving our system and ensuring public safety.

The Departments of Rehabilitation and Correction and Youth Services have seen tremendously encouraging changes in the institutions into which they have had community and faith-based groups get involved with the education and training of offenders and reentry initiatives. While these programs have proven to be successful, more work is clearly needed to further reduce the risk of prisoners re-offending after their release.

The Task Force has spent the past year exploring ways that these programs can be expanded to all prisons and institutions in the state, and examining other avenues that could be pursued at the state level to make further improvements. The Task Force developed 16 recommendations to reach these goals, with both Departments having already begun to study ways to implement these recommendations within the current system. Additionally, Rep. White will soon be introducing legislation to establish a statutory framework for the taskforce’s recommendations.

Schedule of  Faith-Based Task Force Forums

Location Correctional Reception Center
11271 S.R. 762
Orient, OH 43146
Date August 14, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Allen Correctional Institution
2338 North West St
Lima, OH 45802
Date August 15, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 South Avon-Beldon Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044
Date August 21, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Southeastern Correctional Institution
5900 B.I.S. Rd.
Lancaster, OH 43130
Date August 22, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Ross Correctional Institution
16149 S.R. 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Date August 28, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Toledo Correctional Institution
2001 East Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43608
Date August 29, 2007
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location North Central Correctional Institution
670 Marion-Williamsport Rd.
Marion, OH 43302
Date September 4, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Mansfield Correctional Institution
1000 South Main St.
Mansfield, OH 44901
Date September 5, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Lebanon Correctional Institution
4777 S.R. 350
Lebanon, OH 45036
Date September 11, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Belmont Correctional Institution
68518 Bannock Rd.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Date September 12, 2007
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Dayton Correctional Institution
4104 Germantown Rd.
Dayton, OH 45417
Date September 18, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44505
Date September 19, 2007
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
1724 S.R. 728
Lucasville, OH 45699
Date September 25, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Madison Correctional Institution
1851 S.R. 56
London, OH 43140
Date September 26, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Tri-County Regional Jail
4099 S.R. 599
Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044
Date September 28, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location Ross County Service Center
475 Western Avenue, Suite B & D
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Date June 12, 2007
Time 1 to 3 p.m.
Location Tri-County Regional Jail
4099 S.R. 599
Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044
Date September 28, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m.
Location University of Toledo
College of Health and Human Services
2801 West Bancroft, Room 1711
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Date June 5, 2007
Time 6:00 p.m.
Location St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church 4131 Clime Road
Columbus, Ohio 43228
614-272-3004 or 614-499-5056
Date May 29, 2007
Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location University of Toledo
College of Health and Human Services
2801 West Bancroft, Room 1711
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Date June 5, 2007
Time 6:00 p.m.
Location Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 3290 East 126th Street
Cleveland, OH 44120
216-991-2830
Date March 23, 2007
Time 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location The Fatima Center 6600 Lexington Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
216-688-4148 or 216-688-4119
Date February 16, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
Location Masjid Warith Deen
7301 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
216-688-4148 or 216-688-4119
Date January 31, 2007
Time 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location Northeast Ohio
Bellefaire JCB (Jewish Children's Bureau)
The Wuliger Center
22001 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44118
Date January 19, 2007
Time 10:00 a.m. to noon
Location Columbus
Masjid Al Noor
The Sunrise Academy
5657 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard, OH
Date December 11, 2006
Time 9:00 a.m. to noon
Location Dayton/Cincinnati
United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH 45426
Date December 8, 2006
Time Session one: 10:00 a.m.
Session two: 1:00 p.m

Contact:

Mona Hobbs
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
614-728-1903

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