It still seems strange that the prisons director chooses who is on the parole board…
July 6th 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio prisons director has added three members to the state parole board after removing two others with little explanation.
The nine-person board considers release requests from thousands of inmates, along with clemency requests from condemned prisoners.
The newest members include Andre Imbrogno, a former Department of Rehabilitation and Correction attorney. The others are Marc Houk, a former warden at several prisons, and Ron Nelson, a longtime DRC administrator.
They were appointed by prisons director Gary Mohr and started their duties July 2.
Democratic state Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus alleged last month the removals of Jose Torres and Cathy Collins-Taylor were politically motivated, because both were appointed by former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.
The prisons system said Mohr selects career-oriented corrections professionals committed to his reform efforts.