Shadyside Native Named Warden At Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Correction Reception Center
SHADYSIDE — A Shadyside native recently was appointed warden of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Correction Reception Center.
Mike Meintel, who has been part of DRC staff since 1995, assumed the role in October. The CRC, located in Pickaway County, is where male inmates from 63 of Ohio’s 88 counties are processed through after being sentenced to prison.
Male inmates from Ohio’s 25 northern counties are processed through the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton. Female inmates are processed through the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.
In these intake centers, offenders are photographed and fingerprinted as part of the identification process. Physical, dental, and eye examinations are conducted, and various tests are administered to detect medical health problems and to determine educational and intelligence levels.
Interviews with offenders gather information relevant to family structure, criminal and social behavior, drug and alcohol involvement, military and institutional experience, as well as education and employment history.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity by Director (Annette) Chambers-Smith to be the warden at the Correctional Reception Center,” Meintel said. “I look forward to being the leader of this institution, along with the challenges of this new position.”
Meintel earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Liberty University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. He served 26 years with the U.S. Army Reserves and retired in the rank of major.
During his tenure with Ohio DRC, Meintel served in a variety of roles, including case manager, unit manager, deputy warden and, most recently, as a security administrator with the Office of Prisons.
The CRC employs more than 500 staff members with the current population of 1,571 incarcerated individuals with various security levels.