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264 E Crosier Street
P O Box 1501
Akron, Ohio 44309
941 Sherman Street
P O Box 1501
Akron, Ohio 44309
The Summit County (CBCF) is a highly structured and secured community corrections program designed to reduce criminal behavior and divert eligible male and female felony offenders from the state prison system. The primary program components target criminogenic needs which have been proven to reduce recidivism. These services include chemical dependency treatment, education services, employment assistance, parenting classes, cognitive skills training, female specific programming, case management, community service, and drug testing. The program is operated, by contract, with Oriana House, Inc., a private, non-profit, community corrections and chemical dependency agency with 25 years of experience serving communities.
One of the goals of the CBCF program is to reduce recidivism which is the rate at which successfully released offenders return to prison. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction commissioned study from the University of Cincinnati using fiscal year 1999 data for CBCFs state-wide to determine the effectiveness of recidivism reduction. The study concluded that CBCFs reduced recidivism by an average of 3% overall. Because the Summit County CBCF was not in operation during the study time frame, the program was not evaluated in the study. Oriana House conducts recidivism studies of clients successfully released from Summit County. Results consistently indicate that more than 85% of successfully released clients are not incarcerated for a new offense or charged with a probation violation which leads to incarceration within one year release from Summit County. Reducing Recidivism
In January 2005, the Summit County CBCF and the Cliff Skeen CBCF for Women instituted new programming based on nationally recognized research collectively known as “What Works.” This research focuses on many aspects of client management and treatment services that address criminogenic needs in an effort to reduce recidivism. These cognitive behavioral theory based programs are designed to address the needs of high-risk, moderate-risk, and low-risk offenders. Each class varies in intensity based upon the client’s risk level. What Works utilizes evidence based programming and techniques such as role playing, modeling behaviors, skill acquisition, social learning theory, and cognitive behavioral theory. What Works aims to change the way clients think by showing them their thinking errors in an effort to change the way they behave. With proper thinking patterns, clients can achieve prosocial behaviors.