Ohio

Adult Services

Adult Parole

The Adult Parole Authority of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction supervises parolees and selected probationers referred by the Common Pleas Court. Services are organized by seven regions, each including one or more counties.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Officers/agents are mandated to carry firearms (Exception: officers/agents hired before 2000 are not required to carry firearms).
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend 120 hours of training at the Corrections Training Academy plus 40 hours of firearms training.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 40 hours of training and firearms requalification per year. There may be additional training requirements.
  • A bachelor’s degree, or associate’s degree with two years of experience, is the entry-level requirement for professional positions.

For more information:
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Division Parole and Community Services
The Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association

Adult Probation

Ninety-five local probation departments provide probation services. Each county maintains its own field office. In some of the larger jurisdictions, there may be more than one office site. These departments supervise felony probationers not referred for state supervision and misdemeanor probationers. Some are referred to as county probation departments, while others are referred to as municipal probation departments.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Whether officers/agents are required to carry firearms varies by jurisdiction.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend 120 hours of training plus 40 hours of firearms training (if applicable).
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 40 hours of training and firearms requalification per year. There may be additional training requirements.
  • A bachelor’s degree is the entry level education requirement for professional positions.
  • For more information:
    The Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association
    Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association

Juvenile Services

Juvenile Parole

The Ohio Department of Youth Services, Division of Parole and Community Services, provides supervision of juvenile parolees. There are six regional offices each serving several counties.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents do not have arrest authority.
  • Officers/agents are not authorized to carry firearms.
  • During the first year of employment, new hires attend three weeks of pre-service training. Upon assignment to a regional parole office, all officers participate in two weeks of on-the-job training by being paired with a more experienced officer.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 40 hours of training per year.
  • A bachelor’s degree is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions.

For more information:
Ohio Department of Youth Services

Juvenile Probation

Probation officers appointed by juvenile court judges in local jurisdictions provide probation supervision for juveniles. There are 86 juvenile probation departments; one located in each of the state’s counties and under the direction of the juvenile court judge.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Officers/agents are not authorized to carry firearms.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend 40 hours of training classes.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 32 hours of training per year.
  • An associate’s degree is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions; however, a bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Throughout Ohio's 88 counties there are 118 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 20,052 inmates.

Quick Facts:
  • The Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention (part of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) administers a state jail inspection and standards program.
  • The minimum age for hiring as a jailer/detention officer is 18.
  • Applicant is disqualified if he/she has a criminal conviction.
  • A high school diploma or GED is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions.
  • During the first year of employment, jailers/detention officers receive 160 hours of training.
  • All jailers/detention officers must complete 24 hours of annual in-service training.
Average Annual Salary:
Detention Officer/Jailer = $39,080

For more information:
Michigan Sheriffs Coordinating and Training Council - Standards
The Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association

Adult correctional institution services are provided by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. All adults convicted of felonies for which the statutory minimum is at least six months come into the state’s prison system under the supervision of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Adult Services

Quick Facts:
  • Correctional officers are required to complete 160 hours of training as a new hire.
  • After the first year of employment, correctional officers are required to complete 40 hours of training each year.
  • Supervisors are required to complete 40 hours of training as a new hire.
  • After the first year, supervisors are required to complete 40 hours of training.
  • A high school diploma or state-issued GED certificate is the minimum education requirement for correctional officers.
Beginning Salary Range:
Correctional Officer = $34,008 – $41,350

For more information:
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
The Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association

Juvenile Services

To be placed in the custody of the Department of Youth Services, a juvenile offender must be committed by a county juvenile court for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult. All youth who are committed to the Department of Youth Services may be institutionalized to age 21.

Quick Facts:
  • Correctional officers are required to complete 280-320 hours of training as a new hire.
  • After the first year of employment, correctional officers are required to complete 40 hours of training each year.
  • Supervisors are required to complete 280-320 hours of training as a new hire.
  • After the first year, supervisors are required to complete 40 hours of training.

For more information:
Ohio Department of Youth Services

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