770 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43222
The Department's Responsibilities and Structure
All adults convicted of felonies for which the statutory minimum is at least six months come into the state's prison system, which is under the supervision of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Many convicted felons are not, however, sent to prison. Instead, they are supervised in the community through probation or other community corrections alternatives.
Convicted felons who have served a specific amount of time in prison can be, if eligible, placed back into the community through a system called Parole. Parole is a period of supervision prior to full release from the state's correctional system. This function, too, belongs to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was established under House Bill 494. Its responsibilities are defined in Ohio Revised Code 5120.
Final responsibility for operation of the Department rests with the Governor who appoints the Director. The Department's Director serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The Director has full power and authority in the supervision and control of the Department's affairs and is its chief administrative officer.
For more information or to reach Interim Director Hudson, please contact Melissa Adkins (Executive Assistant) via email or at 614-752-1153.
Stuart Hudson most recently served as the Managing Director of Healthcare and Fiscal Operations for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, ODRC. After graduating from the Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Criminology, and Corrections, Stuart began his career with the ODRC as a Parole Officer in 1994. Between 1999 and 2004 he held the positions of Inspector at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Inspector and Correctional Warden’s Assistant at the Trumbull Correctional Institution, and Deputy Warden of Administration at the Lorain Correctional Institution. In 2004, he was appointed to the position of Chief for the Office of Construction, Activation, and Maintenance for the agency. Between 2005 and 2010, Stuart served as the Warden for the Mansfield Correctional Institution and the Pickaway Correctional Institution. In 2010 he was appointed as Chief of Medical Services. While in this role he led the merging of healthcare services under one division; The Office of Correctional Healthcare. In 2013 he was appointed as the Managing Director of Healthcare and Fiscal Operations, in this capacity Stuart was responsible for all healthcare operations and the overall ODRC fiscal management. He was sworn in as Interim Director on Friday, August 31, 2018.
Apart from his career with the ODRC he is active in multiple professional organizations to include the American Correctional Association, the Ohio Wardens Association, and serves as the national Co-Chair for the Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities. In 2017, he was elected, for a four-year term, to the American Correctional Association Board of Governors.