Structure of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

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The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has traditionally operated under a function organization structure within state government that clearly separated services provided into two primary categories: prisons and parole services with both categories reporting to the agency Director. An organization structure based on functions provides a clear direction for job requirements, allows the opportunity for staff to become experts in their field of assignment, which increases productivity. Although this structure was successfully utilized by the DRC for many years, unintentionally, it created a separation between levels of management and their subordinates and division and a division between the agency’s prison and parole services.…show more content…
This office works with local criminal justice officials and community and state agencies to provide safe, meaningful reentry into the community. This is done by providing opportunities for offenders to change behaviors or situations, which brought about their incarceration. Possibly one of the most crucial offices within the DRC is the Office of Research and Evaluation. This Office develops information reporting systems regarding recidivism, prepares regular reports, conducts program evaluations, and provides research studies to aide in policy-making. The offices described above are by no means representative of every office and function within the Ohio DRC; they are merely a snapshot of the major functions that keep the system running. It is common knowledge that no organization can function without people; thus, we must also address the personnel and their demographics. The Ohio DRC, according to the 2013 Annual Report, employs 11,803 administrative employees, 6,400 correctional officers, and 434 parole officers throughout the State. Among the correctional officers, 1,221 are female and 5,179 are male. The female correctional officers are represented by 792 Caucasian, 406 African American, and 23 “Other.” The male officers are made up of 4,377 Caucasian, 691 African American, and 111 “Other.” There are fewer parole officers, 175 female and 259 male. Of the 175 female parole officers, 125 are
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