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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction CBCF - Eastern Ohio Correction Center

Eastern Ohio Correction Center - (Male Facility)

Eastern Ohio Correction Center


470 State Route 43
P.O. Box 2400
Wintersville, Ohio 43953


(740) 765-4324


(740) 765-4533

Eastern Ohio Correction Center - (Female Facility)

Crosswaeh Community Based Correctional Facility


227 N. Market Street
Lisbon, Ohio 44432


(330) 420-0288


(330) 420-0041

Intake and Screening

Screening eligibility and admission criteria established by the Facility Governing Board. Referrals are adult male and female felony offenders referred by the sentencing Courts of Common Pleas

Orientation and Pass Group

Provides an introduction to the facility rules and regulations and procedures for successful completion of the Eastern Ohio Correction Center program and guidelines for possible future pass privileges.

Drug and Alcohol Education

16 hours of classroom instruction on topics relating to addiction and recovery, including the disease concept of addiction, the levels of addiction and the impact of substance abuse on the user and the non-using members of the family.


Two-hour seminar covering the first four steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the first three steps of Narcotics Anonymous.

Intensive STEPS Group

This is an individual STEPS study group that consists of 35 - 40 hours of intensive programming providing an in-depth exploration and discussion of the first four Alcoholics Anonymous steps, the first five Narcotics Anonymous steps and how offenders can incorporate them into their lives.

Relapse Prevention

Four two-hour sessions covering the basic concepts of identifying and dealing with the triggers for relapse.

Intensive Relapse Prevention

Eighty hours of intensive programming covering warning sign identification, management, and the development of an on-going recovery plan.

Women’s Intensive Substance Abuse Program (WISA)

An RSAT grant-funded program for women offenders with high risk and need for substance abuse education, relapse prevention, employment assistance, and identification of social services agencies to reduce recidivism upon release.

Thinking for a Change

Fifteen two-hour sessions designed to help offenders recognize how thoughts, feelings and beliefs lead to predictable patterns of behavior. Much of the class time addresses cognitive self-change and the process of finding new thinking to replace the old thinking that led to trouble. Role-play, discussion, homework assignments and thinking reports help offenders discover problem-solving techniques that match their goals and potentially harmful consequences to themselves and others.

Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP) (males)

The goal of the SOEP is to enable offenders to admit their offense of record and accept some level of responsibility for their actions by the time they are released. This program is primarily based on the Ross and Loss psycho-educational curriculum for sex offenders. Material has been integrated from training provided from by of the foremost researchers and practitioners in the field. The approach is one of a didactic presentation in a group setting. It utilizes lectures, handouts, classroom notes and homework assignments. Objectives include increasing awareness about sexual assault, recognizing the impact of sexual assault on the victim; common motivations for sexual assault; identification and use of cognitive distortion of the offending cycle, and relapse prevention.

Adult Basic Education

State certified teachers assess individual offender skills and develop an individualized education plan that provides basic literacy instruction and GED preparation. Educational and computer learning lab classes are conducted five days per week with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Volunteer tutors and peer tutoring options are also utilized.

Family Literacy

Participants learn how to effectively communicate the importance of reading and writing among family members and their school-age children.

Continuing Education

College and technical school attendance and some in-house continuing education courses are offered through this program.

Computer Classes

Twenty hours of basic computer and beginning word processing instruction. Students learn keyboarding, computer components; working with disks; document and file design; editing and printing. All students create a personal portfolio of their work and receive a certificate of completion.

Self-Help Library

The Eastern Ohio Correction Center maintains an extensive collection of self-help books for offenders to read to gain insight and information on a variety of subjects. Self-help selections include books on controlling anger, relapse prevention, child development, starting a business, relationships, grief, recovery, marriage, nutrition and time management.

Mental Health Services

Offenders are referred to local community mental health agencies for emergency mental health evaluations, on-going counseling and medication management.

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Weekly in-house Narcotic Anonymous, Alcoholic Anonymous and 12-Step support groups meet with offenders and are facilitated by outside volunteers.


Teaches positive parenting skills. Participants view videos that deal with child behavior and misbehavior and the consequences of actions. Discussion groups and homework assignments deal with topics such as developing good listening skills; how to help the child become responsible and cooperative; and building strong family relationships.

Money Management

This class is three weeks in duration and meets for one and one-half hours each week. Students learn to analyze their personal financial situation; basic tools for saving time and money; the basics of credit; how to use banking services; how to budget and live within their own monetary limits.

Zero Tolerance

Ten weekly sessions provide an educational framework to challenge the beliefs and behavior of men who batter women. Group members spend time each week reporting on progress they have made or any relapse in violent or aggressive behavior. The group uses discussion, role-playing, and videos that allow in-depth study of violence and non-violence in relationships, controlling violent tendencies, the consequences of emotional abuse, intimidation, accountability and male privilege.

Fit 2 Be Fathers

A “club for fathers” where members learn to improve their ability to be a father, husband, friend and provider. Members meet once a week for about one and one-half hours for two months. An instructor provides lessons from Jefferson County Ohio State University Extension and deal with topics that help men become physically, practically and socially fit. Techniques and strategies for appropriate guidance, discipline, communication, nutrition and child development concepts are among the topics of discussion.

Family Issues

Five weeks of discussion groups that focus on dealing with family issues and dynamics. The first phase of topics deal with improving family communication, dysfunction and developing skills to increase the ability to process feelings. The second phase is intended to help offenders develop skills to use upon release and create a realistic understanding of the challenges of leaving treatment and returning home.

Victim’s Issues

Six two-hour sessions that explore the depersonalization of victims by offenders, the long-term impact of victimization; and accountability for the crimes committed by offenders.

Victims of Abuse/Survivors

Six two-hour sessions that explore the impact of sexual, criminal and drug abuse among women who have been victims and/or survivors of abuse.

Employment and Life Skills

Sixteen-hours of employment topics including resume preparation, completing job applications, proper appearance, interviewing skills, job acquisition and retention tips for offenders. All participants prepare for a videotaped mock interview that they can review and improve their performance before going to the actual interview.

Positive Solutions

Designed to help offenders examine their individual learning and personality styles; to see how they can overcome the influence of their environments; to understand the relationship between their values, attitudes and actions; and how they are affected by their personality.

Changing Criminal Thinking

Four sessions dealing with creating new thought processes that lead to positive changes and more productive lifestyles.

Jethros Group – Four one-hour in-house meetings led by community ministers and spiritual leaders geared toward spirituality and recovery dealing with issues such as guilt, shame and past actions.

Anger Management

This group develops techniques that offenders can utilize to deal appropriately with anger and explosive behavior. Topics include understanding anger, styles of displaying anger, forgiveness and strategies for dealing with anger, and reconciliation.

Community Service

The Eastern Ohio Correction Center provides nearly 13,000 hours of community service activity for offenders each year through contacts with local community agencies and individuals.

Work Release

Eligible offenders can become employed while in the program to help pay court and medical costs, fines, pay restitution and maintain levels of personal income.