According to documents obtained by Plunderbund, on June 28th, 2011 Gary C. Mohr, Kasich’s director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), officially requested to abolish 1,135 positions within his department. This will include the direct layoffs of 800 employees. If approved, the positions would be eliminated by Dec. 31, 2011.

According to the documents, ODRC had originally submitted a reorganization plan on March 15, 2011 that called for the reduction of 181 positions. This was intended to address the proposed budget cuts to the department. The layoffs were slated to be effective on July 16th, 2011.

Based on Mohr’s timeline, it quickly became clear that ODRC was facing “extraordinary budgetary challenges” to his department caused by Kasich’s “limited funding allocation” and that the ODRC – the department solely responsible for Ohio’s 51,000 adult inmates – was going to have to make drastic cuts. The result was the 2011 Reorganization and Abolishment Plan.

The full text of the plan can be found here.

The full text of the attachments is available here.  This includes a complete list of every position that will be abolished.

The stated goals of plan are to eliminate positions and layoff employees who aren’t necessary to achieving the department’s core mission. And to sell 5 prisons and outsource their operations to private prison operators.

Mohr, you may remember, was previously the managing director for CCA, one of the largest private prison operators in the country. According to the Dispatch, CCA is one of the bidders for the prisons.

Kasich campaigned on getting special interest snouts out of the trough, and back in March he claimed: “There are no mass layoffs in this budget”.

Instead Kasich is selling off important state assets to help enrich his friends and putting thousands of Ohio’s hard working citizens out of work.

As we’re seeing now, nearly every promise Kasich makes eventually turns out to be a straight up lie.

Kasich’s “Jobs Budget” kills jobs. Period.

Cover Letter for the ODRC Abolishment and Reorganization Plan

  • Again, these aren’t real people working in the private sector and therefore they don’t matter – their job losses won’t impact their real local economies.  It’s all good.

  • Ann V.

    Job creation at its finest. /sarcasm

  • Ann V.

    Job creation at its finest. /sarcasm

  • Anonymous

    In a meeting in early February 2011, Mohr said that there were “…no decisions to privatize anything, as of yet, and that he had no intention of privatizing all of ODRC…”  (see link:

  • And I have a bridge to sell you……

  • Real Get Real

    Yes, by GOP logic, we should simply fire all the guards, police, firefighters, and teachers as they are not true human beings and therefore considered sub-humans.   Government is very, very bad (until you need it).

    Sounds like Innovation Ohio’s prediction of 51,000 jobs lost is coming true (sadly).

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Yes  for  the grand sum of $1.00

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Kasich seems a little confused about the definition of “creation” LOL when I looked it up I got these definitions: the (—) are my comments

    1. ( tr ) to cause to come into existence ( loss of 1,134 jobs ? )2. ( tr ) to invest with a new honour, office, or title; appoint ( hahah  but he has appointed a lot of people  to offices with made up titles but honourable? )3. ( tr ) to be the cause of: these circumstances created the revolution ( yes we are in revolt) 4. ( tr ) to act (a role) in the first production of a play ( yes they are acting in roles of the republican job creation play)5. ( intr ) to be engaged in creative work ( they have created work for their friends ) 6. slang ( Brit ) ( intr ) to make a fuss or uproar ( this is the most true definition for this administration )sorry but thhe above amused me ….The job losses for Corrections is just the start– you think we are 5th in losses now — just wait — we will be 1st before long …I am sad for my brothers and sisters in corrections –fact is the public will think this is great but yet they wont work there — privatizing saves no money . Selling the prisons will create more problems than this state has ever seen. Wait for the law suits to start.  

  • Anonymous

    what a joke, I guess all of us who don’t live in gated communities will still have to deal with the riff raff walking the streets. Anybody with a lick of experience knows that there are a million ways to cheat the parole/GPS thing as it stands now. Imagine how it will get when a bunch of private sector min wage people are running it.

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