CJRC Impact: Correctional Institution Inspection Committee

February 8, 2019

Interested in learning how CJRC’s undergraduate research internship program benefits students? A recent student currently working in a research internship at the Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) describes the impact of CJRC’s intern program.  The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee is a legislative committee that provides oversight to Ohio's prisons and youth service facilities.

"The CIIC position opening that the CJRC suggested for me has been nothing short of a tremendous fit. Aside from the specific work this committee does, this internship has prepared me for success as I begin my tenure as a professional. I have made significant connections while on this committee, most notably some of the representatives on the Ohio General Assembly. The professionalism I have acquired through working here assisted me in establishing a positive relationship with these members.

Charlie Adams, CIIC Director and staff are more than accommodating, and it is evident they genuinely care about my profession. Having people like Charlie make this work environment relaxed for me, meaning I have no problem asking questions and looking for guidance. Charlie loves to see her interns excel in life, and that is someone who I have no problem working for. As a CIIC intern, there is always something to do, but I am gaining something out of each task. I am a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology. For example, logging inmate mail and responding to inmate letters have given me exceptional insight on how the criminal mind works. The thing I am most looking forward to is going on my first prison inspection. After talking with previous interns, they state that site inspections are a hands-on experience with a lot of face-to-face interactions with staff and inmates. I cannot think of a better way to further my criminal knowledge than to interview and survey inmates.

I highly recommend any students who are pursuing a major in criminal justice, public administration, political science, or any similar major to at least consider joining this committee. I have developed so much as a beginning professional and I am so appreciative of what the CIIC has taught me. It is essential to note that our hard work is always recognized by the House and Senate Members, so nothing ever goes unappreciated."