Press Releases

Visiting: If the Ohio Public Health Advisory System determines the county that a currently reopened facility resides in to be in a level 3 or 4 public emergency, then visiting will once again be suspended at that facility.
 

 

July 27, 2020                                                                    For Immediate Release

Contact: JoEllen Smith, JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us 

614-214-4510                                

 

 

Ohio Prison Director Tests Positive for COVID-19

 

(Columbus) – Today, Director Chambers-Smith announced to the staff at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that she has tested positive for COVID-19.  Director Chambers-Smith was tested on Friday, July 24, 2020 after she began not feeling well.  She received her positive test result today.

 

A contact tracing has begun for staff who have been working at the Operation Support Center (OSC) and may have come in recent contact with Director Chambers-Smith (a vast majority of staff at OSC have been working from home since March).  Director Chambers-Smith has not physically been inside a prison since June 26, 2020, and has not been at OSC since last Tuesday.

 

“For months, managing COVID within Ohio’s prisons has been my single highest priority,” stated Chambers-Smith.  “While I am focusing on my health and doing what is recommended – which is to monitor my symptoms and self-quarantine, I will continue to ensure DRC is taking all necessary steps and precautions to maintain the health and safety of all of our staff and incarcerated population.  Our agency continues to be in good hands, and we are working together as a team during these challenging times.”

 

Director Chambers-Smith is currently working from and managing her symptoms at home, which are mild at this time. 

 

 

February 6, 2020

JoEllen Smith, (614) 752-1150, JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us                                                                                          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clemency Hearing for Death Row Inmate Gregory Lott

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Parole Board will conduct a clemency hearing for death row inmate Gregory Lott at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), 4545 Fisher Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

Lott was sentenced to death out of Cuyahoga County for the 1986 murder of John McGrath.   He is scheduled for execution on May 27, 2021.

Media attending the clemency hearing must contact the DRC Office of Communications in advance.  

 

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December 30, 2019

For Immediate Release 

Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control to Hold Meeting

 

WHAT:            The Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control will hold a meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020.   Governor DeWine announced the formation of this group to review the policies and practices of Ohio’s post-release control supervision and to make recommendations for improvement where needed (https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/102819).  

 

WHEN:                 Monday, January 6, 2020

                         8:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:                The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                         4545 Fisher Road

                         Columbus, Ohio  43228

                         Chestnut Conference Room

 

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to JoEllen Smith at JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us or call 614-214-4510. 

 

 

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December 13, 2019

For Immediate Release

 

Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control to Hold Meeting

 

WHAT:            The Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control will hold a meeting on Friday, December 20, 2019.   Governor DeWine announced the formation of this group last month to review the policies and practices of Ohio’s post-release control supervision and to make recommendations for improvement where needed (https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/102819).  

 

WHEN:             Friday, December 20, 2019

                          8:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:          The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                         4545 Fisher Road

                         Columbus, Ohio  43228

                         Chestnut Conference Room

 

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to JoEllen Smith at JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us or call 614-214-4510. 

 

 

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November 29, 2019

For Immediate Release

 

Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control to Hold Meeting

 

WHAT:            The Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control will hold a meeting on Friday, December 6, 2019.   Governor DeWine announced the formation of this group last month to review the policies and practices of Ohio’s post-release control supervision and to make recommendations for improvement where needed (https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/102819).  

 

WHEN:             Friday, December 6, 2019

                          8:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:          The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                          4545 Fisher Road

                          Columbus, Ohio  43228

                             Room TBD

 

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to JoEllen Smith at JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us or call 614-214-4510. 

 

 

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November 22, 2019

For Immediate Release

 

Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control to Hold its First Meeting

 

WHAT:            The Governor’s Working Group on Post-Release Control will hold its first meeting.   Governor DeWine announced the formation of this group last month to review the policies and practices of Ohio’s post-release control supervision and to make recommendations for improvement where needed (https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/102819).  

 

WHEN:             Monday, November 25, 2019

                          9:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:          The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                          4545 Fisher Road

                          Columbus, Ohio  43228

First Floor, Parole Board Room

 

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to JoEllen Smith at JoEllen.Smith@odrc.state.oh.us or call 614-214-4510. 

 

 

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