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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction CBCF - Star Community Justice Center

Star Community Justice Center

STAR Community Justice Center
(Male and Female Facility)


4578 Gallia Pike
Franklin Furnace, Ohio 45629


(740) 354-9026


(740) 354-9076

Therapeutic Community

A well established, research-based treatment design that meets Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) guidelines. Therapeutic Community is likened to a pro-social vocational school. Offenders attend cognitive-based classes to recognize criminal thinking. Between classes they participate in small and large groups where they learn to apply those techniques all day, every day by interacting within the Community. Offenders learn to interact with people they do not particularly like and situations they would prefer not to be in – in a socially acceptable manner.

Intake and Screening - Screening eligibility and admission criteria is established by the Facility Governing Board. Referrals are adult male, non-violent felony offenders referred by the Courts of Common Pleas.

Intake and Orientation (A New Direction ) – Encourages offenders to think about why they chose to participate in a treatment program and what they need to do to turn their lives around.

STAR Orientation

Three weeks of classes, small groups, and assignment of a ‘Big Brother’ to assist new offenders with adjusting to the highly structured, positive environment of a Therapeutic Community.

Resident-Needs Assessments – Each resident is assessed using the LSI-R, Bio-Psychosocial assessment and the ASUS. Additional needs assessments including the Client Assessment Inventory, Client Assessment Summary and Staff Assessment Summary are completed within 14 days of arrival and a Client Motivational Readiness Survey w/in 30 days.

Medical Services – Offenders are given a preliminary health assessment, health appraisal and health-care planning session during the intake process. Medical staff provides one-on-one instruction that includes the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, and importance of nutrition in recovery. The goal of medical staff is to be an integral part of helping offenders develop a healthy lifestyle by providing quality medical care and advice or by referring to community clinics and dental centers that provide needed services.

Criminal and Addictive Thinking :

Explores the distorted thinking patterns at the root of addiction and criminal behavior.

Encounter Group – The objective of this structured process is to address conflicts between offenders that are or will result in inappropriate behavior in the Community. The Encounter Group creates an atmosphere that enables offenders to drop ego defenses and “street” images and to express and discuss feelings in a mature, pro-social manner and to gain a deeper capacity for honesty and integrity. The process teaches appropriate communication skills, how to recognize manipulation and self-deception, and helps each offender to see themselves as others do. The Encounter Group helps offenders realize what they feel, think, say, and do affect their family and their community.

Reformers Unanimous

A once a week, voluntary, faith-based continuing care group offered to offenders during their latter phases and after release. The RU program is a nationally recognized initiative offered at local churches. The goal is to assist those in recovery both during and after their residency at STAR.

Thinking for a Change :

Staff-led topic groups are held each week including those offenders not in a specific CBT or GED session.

AA/NA Meetings

Based on assessment, applicable offenders are required to attend a minimum of three in-house AA and NA meetings a week during the first 30 days. Based on progress in the program offenders may have the opportunity to attend an off-site AA/NA meeting scheduled by their primary case manager; usually associated with a job-seeking furlough. Individuals from the local recovering community frequently attend STAR AA/NA meetings and share their story of addiction/alcoholism and recovery with the offenders.


A voluntary once a week group offered to listen to and discuss dramatic true stories about individuals who have struggled to change their lives for the better. It is a nationally broadcast CD series lead by volunteer clergy. Topics discussed include; drugs, teen/adult rebellion, prison life, drug addiction, death, abuse, adultery, forgiveness, alcoholism, abandonment, success, etc.

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Drug and Alcohol Education :

Draws the connection between drug and alcohol addiction and criminal activity. The TC process facilitates the offender’s internalization of the elements of a Therapeutic Community based on the precepts of STRUCTURE, THERAPY, ADVOCACY and RESTORATION.

Loved Ones Group

provided to give offenders and key family members an opportunity to process where the family has been, how they got there, where they want to go, and how to get there by appropriately expressing Care and Concern to achieve and maintain accountability and respect.


Helps offenders explore difficulties building relationships based on trust and respect.

Therapy Group

Staff-led/monitored groups encourage offenders to express their emotions and identify/relate with one another in confidence as to how emotions impact thinking, decisions, actions and behaviors.

Community Service

Offenders earn the right to participate at a limited number of community service project sites in the local community. This experience works to establish pro-social contacts within the community, elevate the degree of community confidence in the rehabilitation process, enhance the basic work skills and work ethic of the resident. It also allows the resident to experience the benefits of “giving back”.


Indoor activities that can be earned along with other privileges in phase movements include card games, board games and limited access to pre-approved, video-taped movies. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, Frisbee, structured exercise, therapy day events, etc. Structured events such as morning energizers also contribute to ‘recreational’ therapy.

Release and Reintegration

Gives offenders straight talk about what to expect after their release and how they can stay drug- and crime-free. Offenders are required to provide documentation of productive job searching while on furlough to secure employment. Staff work with local and regional employers who understand that offenders, their families and our communities benefit greatly by offering the opportunity to practice work-related skills during their residency at STAR and until they can be transferred or relocated to their community for permanent employment. Research suggests that gainful employment reduces the likelihood of re-offending by as much as 50%.

Continuing Care Planning

Staff members work with offenders, community control officers and community resources to match individual needs with available resources in their home communities. Emphasis is on the importance of establishing and maintaining adequate housing, gainful employment, out-patient care, and pro-social relationships within the community.

Inner Circle

is a structured resident led, staff monitored discussion group of “elders” focusing on reintegration and long-term success in society.

Community Control

Officers and significant family members are given necessary information regarding long-term treatment needs. Community-resource information is provided each offender to aid in the long-term success of their family as a unit after release.

Spiritual Services

A cadre of volunteer ministers offer spiritual services, on a rotating basis, two times a week. This group of religious leaders, known as STAR’s Faith-Based Initiative (F-BI) assists in making pro-social contacts in each offender’s home town prior to release.

Educational Services (GED)

State certified teachers assess individual skill levels to develop education plans. Educational services include computer aided job skills (Aztec), GED preparation/study, on-site GED testing as appropriate.

Vocational Classes

Vocational classes and actual experience are offered in Building and Grounds Maintenance and Food Service. Both programs are certified through the Collins Career Center.