River City Correctional Center

Counties Served







3220 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45225


September 1998

Total Beds



*American Correctional Association (ACA)

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Certified Sex Offender Program

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Intake and Screening

Screening eligibility and admission criteria established by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Referrals are adult male and female felony offenders referred by the sentencing Court of Common Pleas.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Designed by the Criminal Justice Department, University of Cincinnati Cognitive Behavioral Therapy requires participants to attend classes in: Thinking for Change, Substance Abuse Treatment, Practicing Responsible Behavior/Recognizing Responsible Behavior, Aggression Replacement Therapy/Moral Reasoning, Parenting and Moving On (Female Pod only).  The Cognitive Behavior Therapy model is staff driven and participants are informed of the requirements of each phase and are aware of the levels of discipline and corresponding consequences.  

Re-Entry Treatment (1-Male Pod)

River City has one pod designated for helping residents transition back into society during the re-entry phase. Case Managers work with residents in the following areas: Housing, Mental Health, Education and Employment. The Re-entry pod teaches classes in Thinking for a Change (Problem Solving Steps), Substance Abuse (Relapse Prevention), Advanced Role Play and Job Readiness. In addition to completing treatment classes, making plans to transition back into society and job seeking/working, Re-entry residents (Male and Female) complete many community service projects for local organizations and charities.

Adult Basic Education

State certified teachers assess individual offender skill levels and develop an Individual Education Plan that provides basic Literacy Instruction, GED preparation, college tutoring, financial aid seminars, and a computer lab with educational software for all learning levels. The Education Department refers offenders/residents to outside programming such as Literacy Tutoring, Adult Basic Literacy Education and Cincinnati State College. There is a complete in-house library available to all offenders.  


Employment Specialists work with the offender population to evaluate job skills, work history, interviewing techniques and work ethic issues. Offenders are allowed to job seek and work during the last phase of their stay.

Culinary Arts Program (CAP)

River City Correctional Center employs a Food Service Manager who oversees the program and works with offenders wishing to enter the food service field. Culinary Arts Program offenders receive practical experience in the facility kitchen, prepare special meals for facility meetings and the group bakes and sells holiday baked goods annually. Offenders receive a Certificate of Participation when they successfully complete the program.  

Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP)

Offenders may apply for the Maintenance Assistance Program while in the treatment phase. While working around the facility, the offenders perform minor repairs such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, cleaning carpets, waxing and polishing floors, taking care of the lawn, landscaping and all other maintenance duties as required. Offenders receive a Certificate of Participation upon discharge from the facility.  

Life Skills

Offenders are asked to constantly relate past and current behavior to the problems they have had or currently have in their lives. To assist them in making the connection, topics such as HIV and AIDS, Parenting, How to be a Father, Women’s Issues in Society, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Breast Cancer Awareness, Physical and Dental Hygiene and Nutrition Classes are covered.  

Community Service

Offenders must perform thirty hours of community service while at River City Correctional Center. Offenders are supervised by the RCCC Security staff and have performed services for Crayons to Computers, Cystic Fibrosis 5k, Camp Washington Clean-Up, Run Like Hell 5K (Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis) and local churches.  

Health and Well-Being

Physical exercise is mandatory for one hour each day. Exercises include aerobics, walking on treadmills and general calisthenics.  


Hamilton County Men and Women residents are required to complete a three to six month aftercare phase. Participants are required to attend one weekly session for one and half hours. Topics covered are designed to identify and build upon the skills developed in treatment and how they relate to the participants life outside of River City.