What is a Citizen Circle?
- Citizen Circles are groups of community members committed to helping offenders make the change from "offender" to "citizen".
How do Citizen Circles work?
- Offenders seek involvement of their own free will.
- Acceptance into the Citizen Circle is contingent on:
- Completing of the application process
- Accepting responsibility of past criminal behavior and acknowledging the harm the offender has caused others
- Accepting agreed upon recommendations
- Participating in community service
- Setting goals focused on law abiding and productive community behavior
- Citizen Circles focus on the future rather than the past.
- Citizen Circles create an environment aimed at fostering acceptance and focusing on the offender's personal strengths.
Who should be involved in Citizen Circles?
- Faith community
- Community organizations
- Offender's families
- Education professionals
- Social service agencies
- Law enforcement
How to join a Citizen Circle?
Contact the nearest Regional Parole Office:
- Akron Region - 330-643-3010
- Chillicothe Region - 740-702-1200
- Cincinnati Region - 513-821-4804
- Cleveland Region - 216-787-3010
- Columbus Region - 614-752-0800
- Lima Region - 419-227-2631
- Mansfield Region - 419-522-2441
For further information, e-mail DRC.CitzenCircles@odrc.state.oh.us.