Parole authority moves downtown

Staff report


The Ohio Adult Parole Authority’s Youngstown District Office will be open for business in its new downtown location effective Monday, the APA has announced.

The office will move from a storefront at 2503 Belmont Ave., where it has been since the early 1980s, to the fourth floor of the George V. Voinovich Government Center, a state office building at 242 Federal Plaza West. All of its telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged.

With 30 employees, the office supervises some 1,450 probationers and parolees in Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

The new office will be a short walk from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, which puts defendants on probation, and from the county jail, from which many defendants emerge onto probation, and from Federal Station, which is the area’s bus-transportation hub, said Joe Dubina, the APA’s regional administrator.

The APA will also achieve about $23,000 in annual rent savings from the move, he added.

The parole authority will occupy an office that was vacated by the Ohio Department of Taxation when that department closed all seven of its offices outside of Columbus in an austerity move earlier this year.

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