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Columbus, Ohio 43222
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has long supported supervision and programming practices rooted in the ever-growing body of the "what works" literature. Implementing evidence based practices begins with utilizing a valid risk and need assessment tool. In 2006, DRC contracted with the University of Cincinnati, Center for Criminal Justice Research, to develop a universal Ohio-based assessment system that would be utilized at various points in the criminal justice system. This project was recently completed and is called the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS). The ORAS tools can be used at pretrial, prior to or while on community supervision, at prison intake, and in preparation for reentry just prior to release from prison.
House Bill and ORAS: House Bill 86 became effective in 2011 and required DRC to adopt a single validated risk assessment tool to assess the likelihood of future crimes by adult offenders. This tool must be used by the following:
To date there are approximately 4,000 trained and certified ORAS end users from the above listed entities. If you belong to one of the above agencies and need ORAS training, please visit the following site for a list of upcoming trainings:
The Bill also requires each entity to have policies that cover integrating the various tools into operations, administrative oversight, staff training, quality assurance, and data collection and data sharing. The ORAS has been incorporated into DRC policy and community correctional agencies business rules. The use of ORAS is currently statewide.