FAQs: Inmate Questions

Q: How can I find information on an inmate?

A: You can use our offender search to find information on inmates within the ODRC.

Q: Can an inmate’s disciplinary finding be appealed? 

A: Yes, according to policy 56-DSC-02 an inmate may appeal the Rules Infraction Board’s (RIB) decision to the Warden..

Q: Will I be informed if my loved one is sick?  

A: If the offender is admitted to an outside hospital, notification will be made to persons designated by the offender. Please Note: offenders have the authority to decline notification.

Q: Can I marry a person who is incarcerated?

A: Yes-Depending County specific regulations. Any inmate who wants to marry can submit to the Warden/designee, a written request for authorization to marry. The intended spouse must also submit a written statement verifying his/her intention to marry the inmate.

Q: What criteria are used in parole release decisions?   

A: 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 offensive 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.