Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2008
Former Ohio Prison Director George F. Denton Passes Away
(Columbus) - George Denton, who served as the second Director for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2008. He served as Director of the Department from 1975-1983.
In 1975, then-Governor James Rhodes appointed Adult Parole Authority Chief George F. Denton as the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Prior to being appointed the Director, George Denton served as the Chief of the Adult Parole Authority from 1965 – 1974.
George Denton began his career in corrections in 1948 as a Parole Officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections and was named Director of Parole Services in Indiana in 1957. In 1962 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Mr. Denton was the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction until 1983. After leaving Ohio, he was appointed and served one year as the Director of Corrections for the State of California.
While serving as Director for Ohio, Mr. Denton supported programs through the Division of Parole and Community Services. The Monday Program in Montgomery County and the Incarceration Division in Lucas County are direct results of his efforts to obtain funding to implement pilot projects. During the early years of Director Denton’s term there were national efforts to abolish parole. Mr. Denton was instrumental in warding off this effort.
During his time as the Director, the inmate population grew by 84% and Director Denton was able to locate and renovate existing facilities to handle the burgeoning offender population. His administration also faced confinement lawsuits and developed creative ways to house prisoners in order to comply with court findings.
“We are saddened by the loss of Director Denton. He was a true pioneer and he was instrumental in expanding parole services and programming through the Division of Parole and Community Services,” stated current Director Terry Collins.