Chief Inspector

Know Something? Tell Us by Clicking Here

Questions? Click Here

Chris Lambert, Chief Inspector

The Office monitors the application of the inmate grievance procedure in the institutions ensuring that inmate concerns and problems are being appropriately addressed. Each institution has an Inspector of Institutional Services who is physically located at the institution. This inspector administers the inmate grievance process at the facility and conducts regular inspections to ensure  departmental rules and policies are being properly followed. The Office of the Chief Inspector provides assistance to institutional investigators and inspectors as well as conducts internal administrative investigations for the department.

Inspector Support Division

Administers inmate grievance procedures ensuring that inmate concerns and problems are being appropriately addressed.   Additionally, the office responds to inmate grievance appeals and grievances against managing officers or inspectors. The office provides assistance, training, and advice to institutional inspectors and investigators and monitors, coordinates, conducts, and/or initiates internal administrative investigations; in addition to managing the incarcerated adult Americans with Disabilities (ADA) process.

Investigations Services Division

Provides functional supervision and oversight of Institutional Investigators including guidance and resources for investigations.  Reviews requests for Special Investigations, assigns and conducts Special Investigations.  Identifies subject matter experts for participation in investigations.  Participates in the review, interview, recommendation, and selection of institutional investigator positions.   Provides oversight of institutional  investigators case management system and serves as the liaison to the investigators case management vendor.   Reviews and prepares Directors subpoenas, processes subpoenas from outside agencies for fulfillment.  Reviews and approves requests for covert surveillance and computer voice stress analysis.  Serves as the liaison to outside law enforcement agencies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Intelligence Division

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 (3) three subordinate units: 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.
  4. Security Threat Groups and Canine Operations - Responsible for investigations, identification and tracking of STG offenders throughout the prisons and DPCS. Provides guidance, direction and support to designated STG coordinators throughout the agency and provides functional supervision of Correction Warden Analysts. Coordinates the selection, training and deployment of drug detecting canine handlers for the agency.  Responsible for the monitoring and tracking of contraband detected by agency canines and for the overall care and maintenance of canines. 

Bureau of Operational Compliance (BOC)

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.

Constituent Affairs Section

The Constituent Affairs Section (CAS) provides a user-friendly interface to facilitate communication between constituents and the Operation Support Center. CAS will be a single point of contact for constituents to ensure inquiries are properly addressed with maximum efficiency. Leveraging existing staff resources, CAS will support the primary points of constituent contact for OSC and 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.


Chris Lambert, Chief Inspector: e-mail.