The Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) is a 215-bed minimum security correctional facility. The CBCF accommodates both male and female adult felony offenders. Offenders that are sentenced to the CBCF are called “residents.” A resident can be sentenced to the facility for a maximum stay of 180 days.
All residents at CBCF are put on community control prior to their arrival at CBCF. Successful completion of the program then becomes a condition of their probation. Eligibility is determined by the Ohio Revised Code Section 2951.02 as well as by Eligibility Criteria approved by the Judicial Advisory Board and the Facility Governing Board. CBCF accepts residents from various counties in Ohio. Residents who are sentenced by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas have an average length of stay of 142 days. Residents who are sentenced from other counties typically have shorter length of stays due to a difference in programmatic requirements.
The CBCF Program is all education-based. Residents who need counseling or treatment are referred to community agencies for services at the appropriate time in their program. CBCF uses a multitude of community agencies for services. All CBCF residents participate in the Responsible Adult Culture (RAC) Program. This program is a cognitive-behavioral program that teaches residents that their thinking affects their behaviors and actions. Residents attend RAC meetings daily from the time they are enrolled in a group almost until the time they leave CBCF.
Each resident is assigned a Staff Team. The Staff Team creates, implements and monitors the Responsible Adult Performance Plan. This plan is created on an individual basis taking into account formal and informal assessments, behavior, risk and need. Each resident meets with their Staff Team on at least a monthly basis.
CBCF residents also have the opportunity to participate in various other classes such as Drug Education, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Smoking Cessation, and Nutritional Health.
CBCF residents who do not have their high school diploma or equivalent (GED) are enrolled in and attend GED classes. They have the opportunity to progress through three levels of classes and to take their Official GED test while at CBCF.
99% of CBCF residents lives have been affected by drugs and/or alcohol. As such, CBCF has volunteers that come in weekly to host in-house AA/NA/CA meetings
Throughout a residents stay, they may take part in various other educational and recreational activities to include:
Employment Center – This center is mainly maintained by the residents with the oversight of staff. Residents have access to a computer, the internet, 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.
Desktop Computers – Residents have access to computers on their living halls. These are used only by the residents to type resumes, cover letters, letters to friends and family and other class assignments. All computers available to residents on their living halls have applications that help the residents prepare for their GED tests.
Family Program – CBCF believes that residents’ families are extremely important in their reintegration back in to the community. As such, CBCF hosts 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 holiday activities and movie night. 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.
Part of CBCF’s Purpose is to gradually reintegrate residents into the community. So, once a resident nears completion of in-house programming, he/she begins to participate in activities outside of CBCF.
Residents are encouraged to attend AA/CA/NA meetings in the community to assist them in their continuing recovery. Residents are also required to complete forty (40) hours of community service as well as to begin job seeking, obtain and maintain employment. As mentioned above, residents also attend outside counseling for issues such as mental health, anger management and domestic violence on an as needed basis.