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Oriana House's President Receives International Community Corrections Association's Highest Honor

For Immediate Release: November 4, 2010
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt: (330) 535-8116

James J. Lawrence, President/CEO, of Oriana House, Inc., was presented with the 2010 Margaret Mead Award, the highest honor presented by the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA). The ICCA Margaret Mead Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the field of community corrections through guidance, innovative ideas, influence of policy, and/or dedicated service to the ideals and goals of community-based correctional programming.

Lawrence's career began in 1981 at the Edwin Shaw Hospital in Akron, providing direct services to individuals in the chemical dependency units. During that time, he started Oriana House out of the Akron YWCA as an independent, non-profit agency to provide community corrections services. The agency now employs more than 500 staff in three cities in Ohio and has served hundreds of thousands of people in its almost 30-year history. Lawrence has served as President and CEO of Oriana House since its inception. He has a Master's Degree in sociology from Kent State University with a concentration in corrections.

Lawrence and other leaders in Ohio developed an effective network of systems and associations that provide information to legislators regarding the issues of prison overcrowding and offender rehabilitation. Lawrence helped spearhead passage of the Community Corrections Act in Ohio to provide community-based sanctions for low level felony offenders and worked with the Ohio Sentencing Commission to promote reforms that place non-violent offenders in community-based programs.

Lawrence has served as past President of ICCA; past President of the Ohio Community Corrections Association and is an active member of the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the International Corrections and Prison Association, and the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. He served as Advisory Member of the Ohio Sentencing Commission and on the Ohio Governor's Committee on Prison and Jail Overcrowding.

Oriana House operates 17 facilities in Summit, Cuyahoga, and Seneca counties, providing residential and non-residential community corrections programming and chemical dependency treatment.

The award was presented in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2, 2010 at ICCA's annual research conference.

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