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Inmate & Parole Information

What services are available to crime victims through the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction?

  • Crisis intervention, community referrals and assistance with concerns related to offenders under the Department's jurisdiction.
  • Information regarding the status of offenders in prison or under supervision of the Department's Adult Parole Authority.
  • Victim notification of upcoming parole hearings and release dates for offenders.
  • Information regarding community education programs.
  • Other Activities of Victim Services:
  • Petitions the Parole Board for Full Board Hearings, as appropriate.
  • Coordinates network of victim coordinators in state prisons and Adult Parole Authority offices to respond to victims' concerns.
  • Provides education to the Department staff to increase awareness of victims' issues.
  • Assists Parole Board and Adult Parole Authority's parole and probation staff in identifying victims' issues and provides input into the decision-making process, as appropriate.
  • Solicits input from community and victim advocacy agencies and coalitions regarding the Department's victim services via its Ohio Council on Victims Justice.

As a crime victim, will I be notified of upcoming parole hearings or release dates for the offender?

To receive notification of upcoming parole hearings, release dates, death of an offender, escape of an offender or pending execution, you must send a written request to:

Office of Victim Services
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
770 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43222

If I registered for notification with the Office of Victim Services, am I automatically registered in the VINE notification system as well?

No. The VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system is a separate automated phone notification system that is available to crime victims of incarcerated Ohio offenders. You can register for this additional notification by calling 1-800-770-0192. VINE enhances the existing notification services available through the Office of Victim Services, therefore if you are a victim, you should register for both VINE and Office of Victim Services notification systems.

Can I let the Parole Board know how I feel about a possible release of an offender?

Any citizen may send information to the Parole Board at any time regarding their feelings about a potential parole, or, if eligible, supervision under Post-Release Control of an offender. Due to the changes in Ohio law over the past few years, it is possible that the offender's sentence does not include eligibility for parole, but may include supervision upon his/her release. This is known as Post-Release Control.

As a crime victim, if you have concerns regarding the release of an offender, you may send written information or contact the Office of Victim Services to schedule a meeting with a hearing officer or Parole Board memeber to discuss your feelings on their Victim Conference Day.

I have been receiving threats or unwanted calls/correspondences from an offender. What can I do?

Contact the Victim Coordinator at the institution from which the contact is coming and ask for assistance or call the Office of Victim Services toll-free at 1-888-842-8464.

I would like to meet with the offender who hurt me or my family. Whom should I call?

Contact the Office of Victim Services for information on the Victim Offender Dialogue program. You can reach them toll-free at 1-888-842-8464 or via email at DRC.Victim.Services@odrc.state.oh.us .

What services are available for Victims through Department of Youth Services?

The Department of Youth Services will provide:

  • information, referral services and advocacy on behalf of the victims throughout the juvenile corrections process
  • an opportunity to meet with a representative of the Release Authority;
  • information regarding the status of a youth committed to DYS or under parole supervision;
  • notification of upcoming reviews, releases, discharges and revocation decisions;
  • community education regarding policies and procedures of the Department of Youth Services and the Release Authority; referrals to appropriate federal, state, or local community resources, including victim service agencies;
  • notification of specific rights including the right to designate a victim representative; and,
  • victim input in the form of a Victim Impact Statement.

How does a victim become involved through the Department of Youth Services?

The Release Authority must receive a Victim Notification Form if a victim wishes to be notified when an offender is scheduled to be reviewed for release or discharge. The Victim Notification Form should be sent to the Ohio Department of Youth Services - Office of Victim Services, 51 N. High Street, 3rd Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 ph: 614.644.6416 or 800.872.3132

How does the Office of Victim Services ensure privacy?

Offenders do not have access to the name, address or other personal information about his or her victim, nor are they present if a victim chooses to express his or her views orally to a member or members of the Release Authority. In addition, if a victim does not wish to be personally involved in the process, but wishes to have his or her position taken into consideration, a family member or other representative may be designated to act on the victim's behalf.

As a victim, how can I secure the services offered by the Department of Youth Services — Office of Victim Services?

When a youth is committed to the Department of Youth Services, the local juvenile court committing the youth provides the Office of Victim Services with the name and address of the victim. The Office of Victim Services sends an initial letter, victim notification form, victim impact statement, and informational brochures to the identified victim(s). When the victim completes and returns the Victim Notification Form (VNF), the victim becomes a registered victim with the Office of Victim Services. A registered victim will be assigned a PIN, a personal identification number, allowing OVS to verify the identity of a registered victim calling to discuss any concerns. In addition, the victim upon returning the VNF, ensures that future notifications regarding the status, of the youthful offender will be forthcoming.

Department of Youth Services
Division of Release AuthorityOffice of Victim Services
51 N. High Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) is in charge of all adult cases of prison placement and parole notification. Department of Youth Services (DYS) deals with all sentenced delinquents, their prison placement and parole notifications. Both DRC and DYS have an Office of Victim Services, which provide many services, some of which are listed below. For more information about DRC (not listed below), please contact:

Office of Victim Services, 770 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222
toll-free: 1-888-842-8484 | business 1-614-728-1976 | DRC.Victim.Services@odrc.state.oh.us 

On the DRC website you can find victim information (on the home page, under programs and services click on victim services). You can also find offender information with either the offender's name or offender number. On the home page under offender information click "Offender search." Enter the offender's name or number. Please be aware that the offender's picture may appear on the screen.

For more information from the Department of Youth Services not addressed in the questions below, please contact:

Department of Youth Services, Office of Victim Services, 51 North High St. 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 | 1-800-872-3132

About VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday)

How do I participate in the VINE program?

To locate an offender in a county jail, state prison or state juvenile facility, or to register for notification, call the VINE hotline directly from a touch-tone phone. Once connected, follow the computer prompts given by the VINE service. During registration you will be asked to provide a telephone number and select a four-digit PIN code. The Ohio VINE services is available in English and Spanish.

Offenders housed in some municipal jail facilities are not yet included in the VINE database.

What is a PIN?

The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four-digit number chosen by you. Your PIN is used to confirm receipt of notification calls from VINE. Choose a number that is easy for you to remember and write it down.

What if I'm not at home or my phone is busy when VINE calls?

The VINE service is designed to allow every opportunity for you to be notified. If there is no answer or the line is busy, VINE will continue to call for a minimum of 24 hours. VINE will leave a message on an answering machine, but will continue to call for 24 hours or until the PIN is entered.

Can I register more than one telephone number with VINE?

Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a PIN. You may use the same PIN for several registrations.

Does VINE ensure my safety?

The VINE program is designed to provide you with quick and easy to access to offender information and to assist you in preparing for an offender's release. Do not depend solely on VINE or any other program for your safety.

Who sponsors VINE?

VINE is provided by Ohio Attorney General, the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and the Ohio Department of Youth Services. It is funded by a Victims of Crime Act grant.

What is the Federal Bureay of Prisons' SENTRY database?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has placed its SENTRY database on the internet for access by the public. This database includes the names of current and former federal inmates going back to 1982. You may read this page at http://www.bop.gov/.

VINE is a technological tool for quickly accessing information about an offender and his/her status in state prison or local jails in Ohio. Commonly asked questions are answered below. It is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime two important services: information and notification.

For defendant custody and court information call 1-800-770-0192 and follow the prompts. Callers us basic information to search the VINE database. VINE will quickly provide the caller with offender status information, and will provide information on upcoming court events and hearings. VINE can also be accessed via the internet simply click on this link and you will be directed to the page. Click on your state and follow the instructions https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/initMap.do

Callers may choose to register for automatic telephone and/or email notification when an offender has a change in status throughout the criminal justice process. In some cases, letters may be sent.

Sex Offenders

Offenders determined to be sex offenders in the state of Ohio and persons moving to Ohio from other states where they have been ordered to register as a sex offender, must register with their county's sheriff's office. Many sheriff offices have web-sites with this information or you can contact your local sheriff's department for a list of registered sex offenders in your county.

Click here for more information on sex offender's registration and notification

Allen County's Sex Offender Registry

For Ohio's county to county sex offender links 

Klaas Kids Foundation, which talks about Megan's Law and other information regarding children's safety

Searchable website for Ohio sexual offenders ​​