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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Post Release Control (PRC)

Post-release control (PRC) is a period of supervision of an offender by the Adult Parole Authority following release from imprisonment that includes one or more post release control sanctions imposed by the Parole Board pursuant to ORC section 2967.28.  Post release control applies to offenders whose crimes were committed on or after July 1, 1996, and who were sentenced under Senate Bill 2 to a definite prison term.  For some offenders, the ORC mandates post-release control. For others, the ORC specifies that post release control is discretionary by the Parole Board.  In making the determination whether to impose discretionary post-release control, the Parole Board is required to consider the prisoner’s criminal history, any juvenile court delinquency adjudication, the record of the prisoner’s conduct while imprisoned, and any recommendations from the Office of Victim Services.

Offenders convicted of felonies of the first degree or sex offenses sentenced prior to April 7, 2009, require a 5 year term of Post Release Control, and are not eligible for a reduction of that term.  Offenders convicted of felonies of the first degree or sex offenses sentenced after April 7, 2009, are eligible for a reduction in the term of post-release control upon the demonstration of satisfactory conduct and when the criteria outlined in policy are met, provided they have served a minimum of one year supervision or the amount of time equal to the prison sentence, whichever is greater.

Offenders convicted of felonies of the second degree or felonies of the third degree wherein harm to a person is caused or threatened require a three year term of Post Release Control, but can be eligible for reduction after one year, provided they have demonstrated satisfactory conduct and meet the criteria outlined in policy. 

All other felonies of the third degree and all felony four and felony five offenses, except sex offenses, may have a term of up to three years of Post Release Control imposed.  Generally, if an offender meets risk-based criteria specified in policy 105-PBD-08, Post Release Control a period of one year will be imposed.

These offenders may be eligible for a reduction in the PRC term after 90 days.  A chart is available that illustrates the distinctions between the mandatory and discretionary offenses for the imposition of post-release control, and the ability to reduce the term.

Recommitted offenders:

If an offender is on supervision and is convicted of an offense for which a prison term is imposed, he/she is considered to be a recommitted offender.  These offenders are subject to different reduction criteria.  Additionally, they may be required to complete any remaining supervision time from a prior period of supervision in addition to any new period of Post Release Control imposed, upon completion of the new sentence. Reduction criteria for recommitted offenders vary based upon the original offense, and the returned offense.

Reduction and Termination Recommendation:

Once an offender serves the minimum period of PRC, the supervising parole officer may submit the case for a reduction and termination if the offender meets the criteria in policy 100-APA-16, APA Termination Recommendation. 

Some of the factors considered when deciding to grant a reduction in the period of PRC are the overall history of supervision, compliance with any imposed special conditions, payment of restitution, violation behavior, and adjustment in the community.  The ideal candidate for reduction will have demonstrated stability in the community and a reduction in his or her overall risk to recidivate. 

Chart - Mandatory/Discretionary Post Release Control

Felony Level Term of Supervision Eligible for Term Reduction?
F1 committed prior to 4-7-2009 Mandatory 5 years No
Felony Sex Offense committed prior to
4-7-2009
Mandatory 5 years No
F1 committed after 4-7-2009 Mandatory 5 years Yes
Felony Sex Offense committed after
4-7-2009
Mandatory 5 years Yes
F2 Mandatory 3 years Yes
F3 offense of violence Mandatory 3 years Yes
F3 non-violent Discretionary up to 3 years Yes
F4 Discretionary up to 3 years Yes
F5 Discretionary up to 3 years Yes
IPP Mandatory for placement on PRC, handled as Discretionary Yes