4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43228
The Department's Responsibilities and Structure
All adults convicted of felonies for which the statutory minimum is at least six months come into the state's prison system, which is under the supervision of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Many convicted felons are not, however, sent to prison. Instead, they are supervised in the community through probation or other community corrections alternatives.
Convicted felons who have served a specific amount of time in prison can be, if eligible, placed back into the community through a system called Parole. Parole is a period of supervision prior to full release from the state's correctional system. This function, too, belongs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was established under House Bill 494. Its responsibilities are defined in Ohio Revised Code 5120.
Final responsibility for operation of the Department rests with the Governor who appoints the Director. The Department's Director serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The Director has full power and authority in the supervision and control of the Department's affairs and is its chief administrative officer.
For more information or to reach Director Chambers-Smith, please contact Melissa Adkins (Executive Assistant) via email or at 614-752-1153.
Annette M. Chambers-Smith was appointed as the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in January 2019. Prior to her appointment, she was most recently the General Manager of JPay Payment Services, a Securus Technologies company. Joining JPay in 2014 as Vice President of Operations, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer that same year. As COO, Director Chambers-Smith provided leadership for all ongoing business operations for the company, including Information Technology Operations, Field Engineering, Network Operations Center, Customer Service, Marketing, product deployment, agency relations, installations and expenditures associated with each department she lead. When JPay was purchased by Securus Technologies Director Chambers-Smith transitioned to the General Manager position and concentrated on the payment services division for the last year.
Director Chambers-Smith began her twenty-one year career with the Ohio Department of Correction in 1993 working in the records office and secretarial positions. She went on to hold numerous positions including Inspector of Institutional Services, Assistant Chief Inspector, Deputy Warden, Warden and Chief of the Bureau of Medical Services. In that capacity she was responsible for the quality and provision of health care for more than 51,000 inmates across Ohio’s prison system while managing an operating budget of $240 million.
In addition to her role as Chief, Director Chambers-Smith was also the Managing Officer (Warden) of the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. The medical center houses a population comprised of all security levels and both males and females who are some of the state’s most acutely ill offenders. In her last position with DRC, Director Chambers-Smith served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Administration for corrections in the state of Ohio, where she was responsible for overseeing a budget of $1.5 billion. Within that role, Director Chambers-Smith also managed procurement, the Bureau of Budget Planning and Analysis, Ohio Penal Industries, the Bureau of Construction Activation Maintenance and Sustainability, the Division of Business Administration, the Bureau of Information and Technology Services and the Office of Enterprise Development.
Director Chambers-Smith was a National Merit Scholar, and attended Wilberforce University where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. In 1997, Ohio Governor George V. Voinovich recognized her for “exemplary efforts in helping state government perform more efficiently and effectively.” Director Chambers-Smith was honored with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Gold Star Award in 1997, 1998 and 2002. In 2010 she received a mark of distinction from the American Correctional Association when she was named the Best in the Business. More recently, Director Chambers-Smith received Director Mohr’s Impact Award in 2011 and twice in 2014.