Mission: Reduce Recidivism Among Those We Touch

Message from Director Mohr

During the past six years in which I have had the privilege of serving as director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, our mission of reducing recidivism among those we touch has been at the center of everything we do.

We believe in returning men and women back to society better than when they came to us by helping them prepare to become contributing members of their communities. Not only is this done to reduce recidivism in Ohio, but also to continue making Ohio communities safer.

However, we know that reducing recidivism takes more than just the work of our department. It takes partnerships with employers, community members, churches, organizations, local governments and much more.

That is just one of the many reasons I am pleased that you are taking the time to visit our new website. As we move forward, this site will continue to showcase new ways for you to be a part of reducing recidivism in our great state. In addition, we hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities throughout this site to see the great work that is being done throughout our department – by staff, volunteers, contractors and offenders.

Did you know Ohio license plates are made at Lebanon Correctional? Or that offenders can obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at Richland Correctional prior to their release?

Did you know the Ohio Reformatory for Women has a Cosmetology School? Or that the majority of our institutions participate in “Pilot Dog” training programs where offenders train guide dogs for the visually impaired.

These are just but a few of the many innovative approaches we are taking to help reduce recidivism among those we touch. We invite you to browse our site and learn more about the work that is being done and the important role you can play.

On behalf of our department, thank you for your support.


Gary Mohr, Director ODRC