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Chris Lambert, Chief Inspector

The Office of the Chief Inspector supports the mission of reducing recidivism among those we touch by ensuring persons under our supervision inside facilities and in the community are treated fairly and appropriately by monitoring compliance with laws, rules, policies and internal and external standards. The cornerstone of the Office is the management of the Inmate Grievance Procedure, which gives the incarcerated population an opportunity to civilly and productively voice their concerns regarding the conditions of incarceration. Additionally, the Office brings considerable resources to bear ensuring that investigations of internal and external threats to the security, health and safety of our agency are thoroughly supported and fairly conducted. The Office of the Chief Inspector is comprised of five discreet divisions: Inspector Support Division; Investigative Services Division; Intelligence Division; Bureau of Operational Compliance; and Security Threat Group Investigations & Canine Operations.

Inspector Support Division

The Inspector Support Division (ISD) Administers the agency Inmate Grievance Procedures ensuring that the concerns and problems of the incarcerated population are being appropriately addressed.  ISD provides assistance, training, and advice to Institutional Inspectors in all ODRC facilities. Additionally, the ISD responds to grievance appeals and grievances against Wardens and Inspectors and conducts high-level administrative investigations and inquiries. The ISD manages the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) process for the incarcerated population.

The ISD supports family engagement, stakeholder responsiveness and transparency of agency operations through the Constituent Affairs Section (CAS). CAS provides a user-friendly interface to facilitate communication between constituents and the Operation Support Center. CAS is a single point of contact for constituents to ensure inquiries are properly addressed with maximum efficiency. Leveraging existing staff resources, CAS supports the primary points of constituent contact for the agency, such as the “Contact Us” Public Information email account, DRC public telephone line, Family line, Director’s Office, Chief Inspector’s Office, Legislative Affairs, and Office of Prisons.

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Bureau of Operational Compliance (BOC)

BOC is responsible for coordinating and conducting all non-financial internal audit functions for each facility, Operation Support Center, Corrections Training Academy, Ohio Penal Industries, Ohio Parole Board and parole region within the DRC and assisting in the preparation and coordination of American Correctional Association (ACA) audits. This bureau functionally supervises operations compliance managers located at each institution.  The BOC is responsible for the administration of the health and safety program for all facilities, and ensuring the overall accreditation of the agency through the American Correctional Association. In addition, the BOC is responsible for the implementation of and compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.

Investigations Services Division (ISD)

ISD is the point of contact for all matters relating to investigations of administrative and criminal misconduct in the agency. ISD serves as the primary agency liaison to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other outside law enforcement agencies on all matters relating to investigations of criminal activity. ISD provides functional supervision, resources and guidance to Investigators throughout the agency and reviews requests for Special Investigations and assigns and conducts investigations. 

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Intelligence Division (ID)

Responsible for the collection and dissemination of tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence information and data to include tracking various forms of contraband, identifying threats to security or potential criminal activity and violence. It is comprised of three (3) subunits: The Intelligence Services Unit (ISU), the Digital Forensics Unit (DFU) and the Centralized Background Checks Unit (CBCU).

  1. Intelligence Services Unit (ISU)- responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information from DRC facilities and Adult Parole Authority regions in support of statewide investigations and intelligence efforts.
  2. Digital Forensic Unit (DFU)- responsible for the acquisition and analysis of digital evidence and devices to include contraband cell phones and drones in support of statewide investigations and intelligence efforts.
  3. Centralized Background Checks Unit (CBCU)- responsible for completing background investigations on prospective contractors, volunteers, internship participants, and employees.

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Security Threat Groups (STG) and Canine Operations Division

STG is responsible for investigating, identifying and tracking of STG offenders throughout the prisons and under supervision in Ohio communities. STG Provides guidance, direction and support to designated STG coordinators throughout the agency and provides functional supervision of Correction Warden Analysts at high-security facilities. The Division is responsible for all aspect of drug detecting Canine Operations for the agency, including the selection, training and deployment of drug detecting canine handlers as well as the overall care and operational readiness of our canines. 

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ContactChris Lambert, Chief Inspector: e-mail.