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What is a CBCF?

Job PreparationCBCF's are state funded correctional facilities and programs that assist local criminal justice systems in reducing prison commitments of low level non violent offenders. 

Who is Eligible for Placement into a CBCF?

Adult men convicted of a felony that does not require a mandatory prison sentence. Incarcerated offenders granted judicial release. 

Who Places an Offender in a CBCF?

Common Pleas Court Judges may sentence an offender to a CBCF program instead of sending them to prison or placing them solely on community control. An eligible offender is first screened by the CBCF staff and, if all criteria are met and the offender qualifies for placement, the sentencing judge is notified that the offender would be eligible for the program. The final decision to place an offender in the program is made by the sentencing judge.

What is The McDonnell Center?

The CBCF is a 24-hour secure, 200 bed facility.  Programs are highly structured with assessment and treatment services to reduce criminal behavior by offenders.The facility is located in an industrial area that has been rezoned residential, offering quick and convenient access to public transportation. For additional details, please view our General Information Guide

The CBCF is operated by Oriana House, a nationally renowned community corrections and chemical dependency treatment agency.  For more information about Oriana House visit

How Does the CBCF Program Work?

The CBCF program is designed to last four to six months and consists of four progressive phases.

Phase 1:

Upon entry into the program, clients are restricted to the facility for a minimum of 30 days. They are assessed for substance abuse, education, employment, cognitive skills, and other needs. As appropriate, they will begin alcohol and/or drug treatment, GED studies, employment classes, and various life skills classes such as health, anger management, parenting, and fiscal responsibility. 

Phase 2:
The client will be permitted to leave the facility for pre-approved purposes such as job searching, registering in a vocational school or college, doctor visits, and Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The CBCF staff verifies attendance at these activities. The clients continue substance abuse treatment, cognitive skills, and GED classes, as appropriate.

Phase 3:
Once a client obtains employment or is enrolled in school, he is permitted to leave the facility for scheduled work or school activities. It is expected that clients maintain their schedule and contribute to payment of court costs, fines, restitution, and child support. In this phase, they are also permitted passes to visit with family. Aftercare classes such as substance abuse relapse prevention and cognitive skills are required for maintaining changes in behavior.

Phase 4:
In this final phase, clients prepare to re-enter the community. They will seek suitable housing, establish fiscal responsibility skills, and, if appropriate, develop contacts in the community for continued substance abuse counseling, GED testing, and any other identified needs. Upon successful completion of residential phases, clients are released for a one-week transitional pass. They are subject to random recall to the CBCF for verification checkup and random drug screens. After seven days, they return to the CBCF and staff verifies their compliance with program rules during the transitional pass period. Upon successful completion of a transitional pass, the client is released and returned to community supervision by the county probation department.