Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility
1745 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43207
*American Correctional Association (ACA)
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The purpose of the Franklin County CBCF is to provide, as a sentencing option for selected offenders, a controlled and regimented environment that is motivational, safe, affirms the dignity of self and others; promotes the value of work and self-discipline; and develops useful skills and abilities through an individualized but group oriented program. The FCCBCF program is designed to motivate the residents, meet the individual needs of the residents and assist them in gradual and successful community reentry while providing for security and public safety throughout the CBCF sentence.
Intake and Screening
All residents are sentenced to the FCCBCF by the Franklin County Common Pleas judges and are felony level offenders who are eligible to be sentenced to prison. The FCCBCF is a prison diversion program that provides effective education and treatment services to residents. Defendants are screened using an Ohio Risk Assessment System tool and are provided appropriate services based upon their ORAS score and individual needs.
Responsible Adult Culture
All residents that enter the FCCBCF are ‘seeded’ in to a Responsible Adult Culture (RAC) Group within the first thirty days after arriving to the facility. The RAC Program is a program that is integrated and comprised of a series of interventions; to include, base and individualized elements sequenced throughout a resident’s sentence and aftercare. In addition to motivation, the program is designed to provide residents with information, skills, and concepts concerning their behaviors, beliefs, and thinking patterns. It facilitates resident processing of information, redirecting the resident toward responsible adult thinking and behavior. ‘Responsible’ in this context is defined as trustworthy to do the legally, morally and socially correct thing.
In the RAC Program, residents are taught Anger Management, Social Decision Making, and Social Interaction Skills during ‘Equipment Meetings’ that they attend three (3) times per week for seventy-five (75) minutes per session. Residents are given an opportunity to practice the skills that they are learning from the Equipment Meetings in structured ‘Mutual Help Meetings.’ Here, they address their individual problems and current life issues. These meetings are also held three (3) times per week for seventy-five (75) minutes per session.
Each resident is assigned to a multi-disciplinary ‘Staff Team’ that is responsible for the effective delivery of the RAC program and their individual progression through the program. The Staff Team utilizes an individualized treatment plan known as a “Responsible Adult Performance Plan” (RAPP). RAPP’s target each resident’s criminogenic needs and are modified as necessary throughout the residents stay. Each resident is seen at minimum, every thirty days by their Staff Team. Residents successfully complete the FCCBCF RAC program when they have met the requirements set forth by their Staff Team and their RAPP.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
FCCBCF residents with various addictions are required to attend approximately thirty (30) seventy-five (75) minute sessions of the University of Cincinnati’s Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Substance Abuse class. In this class they learn to identify and regulate their emotions, identify and manage triggers, practice thought switching, and confronting urge surfing. The stages of change and relapse prevention are discussed. Each resident must complete a Relapse Prevention Plan in order to successfully complete the class.
FCCBCF residents who do not possess a high school diploma or GED are enrolled into a GED class and are afforded the opportunity to obtain their GED while in the program. FCCBCF has three levels of GED classes: GED I, GED II, and GED III. Approximately one hundred (100) residents earn their GED each year while in the FCCBCF program.
FCCBCF believes that residents families are extremely important in their reintegration back in to the community. As such, FCCBCF hosts monthly structured family events where approved family members may come to the facility and spend quality time with their children and other loved ones. Examples of these events are: movie nights, bingo, and holiday activities such as Easter egg decorating and holiday cookie making. In addition, residents may be approved to participate in 'Family Table Time' (weather permitting) and may bring a meal to enjoy with the resident outside on facility property. Family Table Time is restricted to approved visitors on the resident’s visitation list.
Resident Employment Center
This center is mainly maintained by the residents with the oversight of staff. Residents have access to a computer, the internet, a fax machine and a printer. The center has a resource library and resident employment center coordinators that assist other residents with creating resumes, cover letters and applications.
Each FCCBCF resident is able to be tested for sexually transmitted infections shortly after arrival at the facility. If their tests show positive results, they are able to talk to a counselor immediately and be linked with follow-up care. They also participate in a class that provides education about practicing safe sex and sexual health.
Gradual Community Reintegration
The targeted length of stay for Franklin County residents is 134 days. For the first 0-30 days residents are not permitted to leave the facility unless cuffed and shackled and this would only be in the case of an emergency. Between 31-60 days, residents are only permitted to leave the facility with the approval of a supervisor and only if absolutely necessary. After 61 days residents are permitted to begin 12-step meetings in the community with the approval of their Staff Team. After this, per a resident’s Staff Team, residents are awarded the opportunity to complete a 40-hour community service requirement, followed by the job-seeking/obtaining a job phase of the program. Residents are also linked with appropriate community resources after approximately 90 days in the program. Such linkages could include anger management, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental/medical health, job readiness, parenting and any other individualized needs. Residents continue to attend RAC groups until as close to their release from the program as possible.