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It is the mission of the DRC Office of Communications to maintain, both in attitude and action, a cooperative and responsive posture to inform the public, media and other agencies concerning DRC operations, accomplishments, and critical incidents.  In an effort to facilitate positive relations with the public, media and other agencies, public information staff will work diligently to answer all inquiries in an accurate and timely manner, providing there are no risks to security or breaches of confidentiality.

The Office of Communications educates the public about DRC by producing, creating, and reviewing all informational and marketing materials that are issued on behalf of the Department.  It is the goal of the Office of Communications to market the positive components of DRC’s multi-faceted mission of serving offenders, legislators, community stakeholders, victims, offender family members and other agency partners.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Scheduling Request

All requests for a DRC staff person to participate in a speaking engagement or public relations effort should be submitted to the Bureau of Communications as far in advance of the event as possible, but no less than 14 days prior to the date.  The Office of Communications will review and determine if the agency is able to accommodate the request.  Requests must be submitted on the Public Relations Request form located below and be completed in its entirety.

Unfortunately, due to the number of requests submitted and possible scheduling conflicts, we may not be able to accept every invitation or we may have to provide a speaker other than the individual initially requested.  We ask that you do not use the agency or the speaker's name in association with your event unless you receive confirmation that the request has been accepted.

Public Relations Request Form - This form must be submitted at least 14 days prior to event.

  • Once the form is completed: 
    • Fax to 614-752-1171; or
    • Scan and e-mail to, Attn: JoEllen Smith; or
    • Send U.S. Mail to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Attn: JoEllen Smith, 4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, OH, 43228