Eastern Ohio Correction Center
Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble
740-765-4324 (male facility); 330-420-0288 (female)
740-765-4533 (male); 330-420-0041 (female)
470 State Route 43 (PO Box 2400) Wintersville, OH 43953 (male); 227 N Market Street Lisbon, OH 44432 (female)
May 1990 (male); May 2000 (female)
81 (male); 32 (female)
*American Correctional Association (ACA)
Prison Rape Elimination Act
Intake and Screening
Screening eligibility and admission criteria established by the Judicial Corrections Board Referrals are adult male and female felony offenders referred by the sentencing Courts of Common Pleas.
Provides an introduction to the facility rules and regulations, and expectations for successful completion of the Eastern Ohio Correction Center program and guidelines.
Intensive Relapse Prevention
Eighty hours of intensive programming covering warning sign identification, management, and the development of an on-going recovery plan. (Females)
Women’s Intensive Substance Abuse Program (WISA)
A 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. (Females)
Thinking for a Change (T4C)
Is an integrated approach to changing offender behavior, developed by Barry Glick, Jack Bush, and Juliana Taymans in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that uses a combination of approaches to increase an offender’s awareness of themselves and others. It integrates cognitive restructuring, social skills, and problem solving. The program begins by teaching offenders an introspective process for examining their ways of thinking and their feelings, beliefs, and attitudes. The process is reinforced throughout the program. Social-skills training is provided as an alternative to antisocial behaviors. The program culminates by integrating the skills offenders have learned into steps for problem solving. Problem solving becomes the central approach offenders learn that enables them to work through difficult situations without engaging in criminal behavior.
Sex Offender Education Program (SOEP)
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 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. (Males)
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.
College and technical school attendance and some in-house continuing education courses are offered through this program.
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.
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.
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.
Five weeks of discussion groups that focus on dealing with family issues and dynamics. The first phase of topics deals 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.
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.
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.
Commitment to Change
A cognitive behavioral program offered to high risk offenders. Residents work on identifying thinking errors and the tactics used to further criminal thinking. This interactive program allows offenders to focus on the benefits of changing their thinking to ultimately change their behavior.
This group helps residents develop an understanding of healthy, crime free values and encourages the development of more productive lifestyles.
Health and Wellness
Residents work on learning to improve their health status.
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.
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.
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.