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Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence

Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence

Nine DRC employees received the Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence at the Ohio Statehouse.  Jennifer L. Black, Jennifer A. Boswell, Sherry A. Clouser, LaShann Eppinger, Dionne D. Eslick, John T. Gannon, Todd E. Ishee, Michelle M. Roche and Thomas J. Thompson were recognized for their participation in the expansion of the HOPE (Helping Ohio Prisoners Excel) Channel, an offender-produced television channel providing offenders with skills and training in writing, filming, editing and producing video content in a variety of settings via advanced computer applications. The nomination of the DRC team was accompanied by several testimonial letters from partner agencies in northeast Ohio, citing among positive aspects “their tireless efforts to accomplish the goal of reducing recidivism through resident-generated television.” The HOPE Channel is funded solely through grants and donations without the use of state dollars. The broadcasts are delivered seven days a week to all offenders throughout the northeast region's six prisons. Expansion plans are underway to include more institutions with a goal to reach all Ohio prisons.

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