Section 2967.26 of the Ohio Revised Code authorizes the Division of Parole and Community Services to transfer eligible inmates to transitional control status for the purpose of closely monitoring the inmate’s adjustment to community supervision during the final 180 days of an inmate’s sentence. These inmates are confined in a suitable facility that is licensed according to Division (C) of Section 2967.14 of the Ohio Revised Code, or in a residence the department has approved for this purpose and monitored by an electronic monitoring device, as described in Section 2929.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Parole Board Parole Officers screen inmates for the Transitional Control Program. An inmate must first complete a Transitional Control Program Waiver (DRC 3181) with his/her Case Manager 10 months prior to release. Inmates can be released into the program within 6 months of their estimated release dates.
The Transitional Control Program is a privilege, not a right. The strict screening process determines eligibility and suitability for the program. The Bureau of Community Sanctions is responsible for locating a suitable placement after the sentencing judge has been contacted and approves the inmate’s participation in the program. The sentencing judge may deny an inmate’s participation in the program if the offender is serving less than two years and one day of an aggregate sentence. This is referred to as a Judicial Veto.
While in the Transitional Control Program, participants are considered inmates and are expected to follow all rules and regulations. Rule violations may result in sanctions or return to prison.
Inmates sentenced prior to 7/1/1996, are eligible for a Transitional Control Hearing with the Parole Board 8 months prior to a first hearing, the expiration of the maximum sentence, or the next continued hearing date if they are not serving a life sentence or a sentence for a conviction for a sex offense. To be approved, the inmate must receive a majority vote of the Parole Board Members.