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Ohio: Prison Resources

ACLU of Ohio
Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center
4506 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone: (216) 472-2200
Fax: (216) 472-2210

Butler County Reentry Initiative
1105 Fourteenth Avenue
Middletown, OH 45044
Phone: (513) 424-8284
Secondary Office: 505 Garfield Street, Middletown, OH
Area Served: Butler County Ohio, primarily Middletown
Parent Organization: 3 R Development

  • Case Management for re entrants, referrals to wrap around services, peer counseling for individuals and family members.

Linking Families Together
7030 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Phone: (513) 351-6789

  • Provides transportation for families to visit their loved one in 10 prisons in the state of Ohio.Through the procurement of grants, youth under the age of 18 ride for free to encourage caregivers to take them to see their parent.

Ohio Justice & Policy Center
215 E. 9th Street, Suite 601
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-1108

  • The Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) is a nonprofit law office that works for productive reform of Ohio’s criminal justice system by: promoting rehabilitation of incarcerated people; enabling them to successfully reintegrate into the community; and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Office of the Chief Inspector
1050 Freeway Drive North
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 752-1677
Inmate Grievance Procedure Pamphlet:
Prison Rape Elimination Act Information:

  • The Office of the Chief Inspector monitors the application of the inmate grievance procedures in institutions to ensure that inmate concerns and problems are being appropriately addressed. Each institution has an Inspector of Institutional Services who is physically located at the institution. This inspector administers the inmate grievance process at the facility and conducts regular inspections to ensure departmental rules and policies are being properly followed.

Office of Ohio Inspector General
30 East Broad Street, Suite 1820
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
Phone: (614) 644-9110 
Toll-free Hotline: (800) 686-1525
Email: oig_watchdog@oig.state.oh

  • The Office of Inspector General investigates fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption within the executive branch of state government. Complaints received by the office are reviewed and evaluated to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe the underlying allegations, if true, would constitute a "wrongful act or omission" on the part of a state officer, agency, or employee. Inmates can write to the Office of Inspector General to report incidents of sexual abuse in detention and concerns regarding the handling of investigations into such abuses.

P.O. Box 38100 
Olmstead Falls, OH 44138 

  • What does this organization do? Raises funds to support a web site, research cases, and underwrite the procurement and filing of legal documents. This provides resources for innocent inmates to have their cases profiled on the internet, obtain documents, fight for re-trial and have their names cleared. The group is always looking for private investigators and attorneys who can do post-conviction work.

Phone: (877) 826-8504 

  • Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants is a membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners, former prisoners and other concerned citizens. CURE has two goals: 1, to use prisons only for those who have to be in them; and 2, for those who must be in them, to provide the prisoners all the rehabilitative opportunities necessary to turn their lives around.

9 East Long Street, Suite 201 
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 560-0654
Fax: (614) 224-7150

8 East Long Street 
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-5394
Fax: (614) 644-9972

  • May consider cases on pro bono basis

Haven Homes Transitional Systems
2954 West Central Avenue, Suite 309
Toledo, OH  43606
Phone: (419)536-8390

  • Advocacy,Advocacy - Legal Assistance, Alternate Housing for Adult Both Males/Females, Alternate Housing for Juvenile Both Boys/Girls,Case Work, Counseling,Facility Based (Inside) Reentry Program, Housing - Placement, Housing - SRO, Housing - Transitional with Support, Housing with Meals, Mentoring, Ministry Development, Other, ReEntry Help Center,Spec Services - Ex-offender

1804 East 55th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
Phone: (216) 361-7359
Fax: (216) 361-7368

  • Rehabilitation services to individuals post incarceration or by alternate sentencing in order to get back in communities and to be productive in society.

Community Re-Entry
1468 West 25th Street 
Cleveland , OH  44113
Phone: (216) 696-2717

  • Supporting persons returning to the community after a period of incarceration, persons placed on probation to reduce recidivism and enhance the quality of life for both the persons and community served.

Ohio Justice & Policy Center
215 East Ninth Street, Suite 601
Cincinnati, OH  45202
Phone: (513) 421-1108
Fax: (513) 562-3200

  • The Ohio Justice & Policy center is a non-profit law office that works for productive, statewide reform of the criminal justice system by: promoting rehabilitation of incarcerated people, enabling them to successfully reintegrate into the community, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Grant
Phone: (614) 752-1607
Contact: Horst E. Gienapp

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections plans to develop and implement the Ohio Community-Oriented Reentry (CORE) Project, which will target adult offenders who are returning to Ohio's two largest urban areas, Cuyahoga and Franklin Counties, and the suburban/rural area of Allen County. Through the CORE Project, the department will partner with various service agencies to address the challenges of recidivism, substance abuse, and physical and mental health issues and to support education, workforce participation, housing, family reunification, faith-based issues, and mentoring. For more information, read this grantee's work plan:

Community Connection for Ohio Offenders 
Community Reentry Center
993 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205-5342
Phone: (614) 252-0660
Fax: (614) 252-0158

The mission of Community Connection for Ohio Offenders, Inc., is to provide ex-offenders who are reentering Ohio's communities from prison with a comprehensive, systematic continuum of services, including employment, prosocial skills development, and linkages to community services and resources.

Friends of Women's Re-Entry 
Beverly Lograsso
2600 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Phone: (440) 449-1200, ext.162
Fax: (440) 449-3588

  • The Friends of Women's Re-Entry Resource Network supports the work of Women's Re-Entry, a community reentry program of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry based in Cleveland, OH. The network provides holistic services for incarcerated women to promote empowerment, self-sufficiency, and community stability.

Richland County Reentry Court
Dave Leitenberger, CPO/Program Director
50 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: (419) 774-5564
Fax: (419) 774-6365

  • Ohio's Reentry Court model offers a unified and comprehensive approach to managing offenders from court, to incarceration, and back into the community. The Reentry Court targets all felony offenders originally sentenced to prison by the Richland County Common Pleas Court. After assessing the effects of the offense on the victim and community, the court develops a reentry plan that identifies the issues an offender must address to enhance his or her eligibility for release and to enable his or her successful adjustment to the community.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 
30 East Broad Street, 32nd Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 466-6282 
Fax: (614) 466-2815 

  • Of interest to formerly incarcerated persons seeking employment.

Federal Bonding Program
Bureau of Quality and Community Partnerships 
Ohio Department of Rehab. & Correction 
1050 Freeway Drive North 
Columbus, OH 43229 
Phone: (614) 728-1534 
Fax: (614) 995-0128 

  • The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Criminal Record Repository
Identification Division 
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation 
1560 State Route 56 Southwest
P.O. Box 365 
London, OH 43140 
Phone: (740) 845-2000 
Fax: (740) 845-2633 

  • This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet and learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it up. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

Office of the Attorney General 
State Office Tower 
30 East Broad Street, 17th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 466-4320 

  • Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Ohio Penal Industries Design Center 
1221 McKinley Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222 
PhoneL800) 237-3454 
Fax: (614) 752-0302

  • Ohio Penal Industries (OPI) is aimed at preparing prisoners for life after incarceration by providing industrial training and instilling positive work habits. Inmates receive rehabilitative training and personal development skills. Prisoners manufacture and assemble a variety of products and provide a variety of office and business services. OPI's primary markets are governmental agencies and institutions. Studies show that these programs have a positive effect on the participants, reducing recidivism by 17.7 percent.

Ohio Institute on Correctional Best Practices 
P.O. Box 69 
London, OH 43140 
Phone: (740) 852-2454, ext 1091 
Fax: (740) 852-3166

  • All adults convicted of felonies for which the statutory minimum is at least six months enter the state's prison system, which is under the supervision of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC). At the time of intake, incarcerated individuals with sentences of three years or less develop a "Reentry Accountability Plan" which will enable participation in needed educational, vocational or treatment programs. Subsequent evaluations record individual progress during incarceration. Individuals complete a discharge planning and employment readiness checklist 180 days prior to discharge. Attendance at release preparation workshops is required. Workshops focus on issues such as obtaining identification, resume preparation, social skills and information about community resources, including substance abuse treatment. A videoconference allowing potential employers to interview inmates for job positions is held within 30 days of release.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction 
Division of Parole & Community Services 
Bureau of Community Sanctions 
1030 Alum Creek Drive 
Columbus, OH 43209 
Phone: (614) 752-1188 
Fax: (614) 728-9946 

  • The Bureau of Community Sanctions (BCS) is responsible for providing guidance and oversight to ODRC-funded halfway houses, community-based correctional facilities, and jail and prison diversion programs; reviewing and approving grant applications for community corrections funding; auditing all ODRC-funded programs to ensure compliance with minimum standards of operation; providing technical assistance and training for ODRC-funded programs; and recognizing outstanding achievement within ODRC-funded programs. BCS-supervised halfway houses are community residential programs that provide supervision and treatment services for people released from state prisons or referred by Courts of Common Pleas.

Adult Parole Authority

  • The Adult Parole Authority (APA) is a section of the Division of Parole and Community Services that collaborates with the ODRC institutions to continue efforts for offender employment. With the help of the Offender Job Linkage Administrators from the ODRC, the Adult Parole Authority staff facilitates interviews between employers and offenders in the parole offices.

Division of Parole & Community Services 
Adult Parole Authority 
1050 Freeway Drive North 
Columbus, OH 43229 
Phone: (614) 752-1258 
Fax: (614) 752-1251 
Web Site: 

Division of Parole and Community Services 
Offender Services Network 
1050 Freeway Drive, North 
Columbus, OH 43229 
Phone: (614) 995-3588 
Fax: (614) 752-1289 

Office of the Ohio Public Defender
8 East Long Street, 11th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 466-5394 or (800) 686-1573 

Ohio State Legal Services Association
555 Buttles Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215 
Phone: (614) 221-7201 or (800) 589-5888 
Fax: (614) 221-7625 

  • This web site has a complete list of free and low-cost service providers in Ohio.

Christian Legal Services of Cleveland, Inc.
1836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 303 
Cleveland, OH 44115 
Phone: (216) 574-2593 legal intake, or (216) 621-4554 for the executive director 
Fax: (216) 621-4555

  • Christian Legal Services (CLS) provides a wide variety of civil legal services to the poor and homeless. Clients must meet similar financial requirements as Legal Aid. Because it is an independent provider, the organization is also able to help those whom Legal Aid is unable to serve, including illegal immigrants and those currently incarcerated. CLS has recently begun a partnership with Community Reentry, a local service provider, to help clients examine their criminal records. This service is available to anyone, not only Community Reentry clients.

Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Drive 
Columbus, OH 43204 
Phone: (800) 282-6556, or (614) 487-2050 for Franklin County 
Fax: (614) 487-1008 

Community Connections
993 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205 
Phone: (614) 252-0660, ext. 73 or (888) 993-6246, ext. 73 
Fax: (614) 252-0158 

  • Community Connections focuses on helping recently released inmates prepare for and find employment.

Community Linkage 
116 South 2nd Street
Hamilton, OH 48011 
Phone: (513) 785-5746 
Fax: (513) 785-5728

  • Community Linkage's program provides most of the same services as Community Connections. Its main focus is on assisting anyone returning to the Hamilton area in finding employment, while simultaneously providing social services to try to meet the individual's other needs, including shelter, food, transportation, identification, and other barriers that might prevent the individual from finding or keeping employment.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland, Inc. 
2295 East 55th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103 
Phone: (216) 431-8300, ext 282 
Fax: (216) 431-4504 

  • Goodwill Industries of Cleveland, Inc. has a Post-Release Service Center which offers individualized services to help clients overcome personal barriers to employment, including assistance with substance abuse, anger management, financial management, job seeking, clothing, housing, and food.

Community Reentry 
1468 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113 
Phone: (216) 696-2717 

  • Community Reentry oversees 16 programs, each targeted towards assisting different populations in preparing for and finding employment following release from incarceration. Services include job placement and readiness and case management. Clients are also referred to assistance with emergency housing, job training, and substance abuse problems.

Women's Re-Entry Network 
1468 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113 
Phone: (216) 696-7535 
Fax: (216) 696-7317

  • The Women's Re-Entry Network is a program within Community Reentry that focuses entirely on women with criminal records. Services include assessment, intensive case management, individual and group counseling, and parenting classes. The Network also offers information and referrals for housing, employment and other needs. It has offices in the county jail and local women's prison offering support groups and case management. The Network acts as a bridge to services on the outside for women who are being released.

Towards Employment
1224 Huron Road, 2nd Floor 
Cleveland, OH 44115 
Phone: (216) 696-5750 
Fax: (216) 696-5119 

  • Toward Employment supports individuals in making the transition into the work place. In addition to supportive services, the agency offers job readiness and life skills workshops, GED preparation, and computer skills instruction. Job placement and job retention support is also offered to participants. Towards Employment has offered its services to low-income individuals and recently assumed management and delivery of the "Ex-offenders and Legal Services" programs formerly offered by Cleveland Works.

Agape/Community Reentry Program 
1378 Loretta Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43211 
Phone: (614) 477-4931 

  • The Community Reentry Program is an outgrowth of the AGAPE prison ministries program. Both programs are part of Christians in the Hood, a faith-based organization. Transition planning begins during incarceration focusing on developing life plans and identifying goals and issues that will be faced upon release. When an individual is released from prison, a needs assessment is done to determine the appropriate level of assistance required. Linkages are made with community agencies to further individual goals. Employment resources, accountability group counseling and educational services are all provided.

Transitions Program: Akron Urban League 
250 East Market Street 
Akron, OH 44308 
Phone: (330) 434-3101 
Fax: (330) 434-2716

  • The Akron Urban League's Transitions Program assists individuals with non-violent misdemeanors and felony convictions. The program offers job placement assistance and three weeks of job readiness training, including workshops in preparing a resume and increasing interviewing skills.

Providing Real Opportunities for Ex-Offenders to Succeed (PROES)
Employment Connection 
1020 Bolivar Road 
Cleveland, OH 44115 
Phone: (216) 664-4673 
Fax: (216) 664-2981 

  • Providing Real Opportunities for Ex-Offenders to Succeed (PROES) is a project of the Cleveland One-Stop Career Center. The program focuses on immediate employment augmented with support services. PROES works in conjunction with the Employment Solutions Program of Alternatives Agency Inc., a halfway house for formerly incarcerated individuals. The intensive two-week program includes life skills training, communication skills, and job readiness preparation.

Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention
SOAR Program 
Greater Cincinnati Urban League 
3458 Reading Road 
Cincinnati, OH 45229 
Phone: (513) 281-9955 
Fax: (513) 281-0466 

  • Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention (SOAR), a project of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, provides a combination of short-term education and training services with job placement assistance for African-American and Appalachian males and females. This six-week pre-employment training provides job readiness skills for people who may have employment barriers due to lack of work experience, lack of education/training, or criminal backgrounds. The project accepts walk-in applicants.

State LTC Ombudsman
Beverley Laubert
Ohio Department of Aging
50 West Broad Street, 9th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3363
Phone: (800) 282-1206
Fax: (614) 644-5201

Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
3rd Floor, The Rose Building
265 South Main Street
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: (866) 584-2350 

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
215 East Ninth Street 
Suite 200
Cincinnati , OH 45202
Phone: (800) 582-2682

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
1223 West Sixth Street, 4th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44113-1301 
Phone: (216) 687-1900

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
40 West Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2896 
Phone: (614) 224-8374

Legal Aid of Western Ohio
525 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 400
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (877) 894-4599

Advocates for Basic Legal Equity (ABLE) Findlay Office 
237 South Main Street, Suite 204 
Findlay, OH 45840-3336 
Phone: (419) 422-1500 
Fax: (419) 422-1595 
Counties Served: Hancock, Seneca, Wyandot 
Case Types: Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence, Employment, Housing, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Wills 
Case Restrictions: LSC restrictions.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) 
520 Madison Avenue 
Toledo, OH 43604 
Phone: (419) 255-0814 
Fax: (419) 259-2880 
Intake Phone: (888) 534-1432 
Counties Served: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Darke, Erie, Defiance, Fulton, Greene, Hardin, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Logan, Lucas, Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Preble, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot 
Case Types: Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Public Benefits 
Other Case Types: Special Education, 
Case Restrictions: LSC restrictions 

Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program 
311 North Superior Street 
Toledo, OH 43604-1454 
Phone: (419) 242-9363 
Fax: (419) 242-3614 
Intake Phone: (419) 242-9363 
Counties Served: Lucas 
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Housing, Individual Rights, Real Estate, Torts, Wills 
Case Restrictions: ncome guidelines per LSC regulations Case must be in Lucas County, OH, although the client need not live here. 

Medina Pro Bono Project 
257 South Court Street
Medina, OH 44256-2244 
Phone: (330) 723-5380 
Fax: (330) 723-4609 
Counties Served: Medina 
Case Types: Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Wills 
Case Restrictions: LSC restrictions only. 

Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project 
109 North Main Street Suite 610 
Dayton, OH 45402 
Phone: (937) 461-3857 
Fax: (937) 461-4731 
Intake Phone: (888) 534-1432 
Counties Served: Clarke, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble 
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Torts, Wills 
Other Case Types: Civil cases--family law, probate, etc. 
Case Restrictions: Must meet LSC income guidelines 

Stark County Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Program 
306 Market Avenue North 
Canton, OH 44702-1429 
Phone: (330) 456-8361 
Fax: (330) 456-3812 
Intake Phone: (330) 456-8361 
Counties Served: Stark 
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Torts, Wills 
Case Restrictions: Legal Service Corp. regulations

Ohio RSOL(Reform Sex Offender Laws)
James and Dolly Madison

Ohio - OHATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers)
President: Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D. 
Cleveland Christian Home 
11401 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111 
Phone: (216) 416-4277, ext. 3080

Unfair Appearance in Sex Offender Databases Ohio

  • If you are listed on a sex offender database because of an act that is now legal, here's how to get your name off. This article also covers how public access to sex offender databases works and why this information is open to the public.

Treatment for Adults and Juveniles that are Sexually Attracted to Teens


Center for Mental & Sexual Health
Stephen B. Levine, M.D. 
Candace B. Risen, L.I.S.W. 
James Pallas, M.D.
Anna Solomon, L.I.S.W. 
Phone: (216) 831-2900

  • Evaluation and treatment of: adolescents/teenagers and adults
  • Also treats: abuse survivors age 8 to adult
  • Languages: English


Ravenwood Mental Health Center/STOP Program
Brittain Paul, L.I.S.W. 
Phone: (440) 285-3400, ext. 322

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children, adolescents/teenagers, and adults
  • Also treats: child, adolescent/teenage, and adult abuse survivors
  • Languages: English


St. Joseph Orphanage/Altercrest Youth & Family Services
Diane L. Pipes, L.I.S.W. 
Phone: (513) 231-5010

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children and adolescents/teenagers
  • Languages: English


Adult Sex Offender Treatment Program
Alan Dean Fazekas, L.S.W. 
Phone: (440) 899-1300

  • Languages: English

Cleveland Christian Home/The Hope Center
Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D. 
Phone: (216) 416-4277

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children and adolescents/teenagers
  • Also treats: abuse survivors age 4 to 17
  • Languages: English

Court Psychiatric Clinic
Michael Aronoff, Psy.D. 
Phone: (216) 443-7330

  • Languages: English

The Mokita Center
Robin Palmer, L.I.S.W., B.A., M.S.S.A. 
Phone: (216) 521-1961

  • Languages: English


The Flexman Clinic
Frederick Peterson, Psy.D. 
Phone: (937) 256-5300

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children, adolescents/teenagers, and adults
  • Languages: English


Family Resource Centers
Holly Schweitzer Dunn, L.I.S.W.
Kay Schamp, L.I.S.W. 
Alyssa Roach, L.S.W.
Shawna Zurawski, L.S.W.
Phone: (419) 422-8616

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children and adolescents/teenagers
  • Also treats: patients with developmental disabilities age 12 to 18
  • Also treats: abuse survivors age 6 to 18
  • Languages: English


Family Resource Centers
Kelly Huffman, C.S.W. 
Phone: (419) 222-1168

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children, adolescents/teenagers, and adults
  • Languages: English


Forensic Psychiatric Center of NorthEast Ohio, Inc.
Gerald Heinbaugh, M.S. 
Phone: (330) 792-1918

  • Evaluation and treatment of: children, adolescents/teenagers and adults
  • Also treats: abuse survivors up to the age of 18
  • Languages: English

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