Counties Served

Athens, Fairfield, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Licking, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, Vinton and Washington






7 W Twenty-Nine Dr. Nelsonville, OH 45764


March 1990

Total Beds



*American Correctional Association (ACA)

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Intake and Screening

Screening eligibility and admission criteria in compliance with HB86 criteria. Referrals are adult, male, felony offenders referred by the sentencing Courts of Common Pleas.

Program Tracks

  • 90 day low risk/low need intervention program
  • 150 day work release program
  • 180 day sex offense intervention program


Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

Chemical Dependency Services - Provides services to all new residents, and individual and group sessions to those assessed as needing and/or requesting services.  The goals include facilitating resident recognition of alcohol and other drug problems, their initiation of positive lifestyle changes conducive to long-term abstinence from chemicals, and relapse prevention. 

Counseling Services

Counseling is offered to each resident through a primary counselor.  In individual and group sessions, the counselor and resident coordinate treatment plans; focus on effective cognitive behavioral skills to improve attitudes, beliefs and behaviors; and facilitate referrals to community service agencies.

Sex Offender Risk Reduction Services

A weekly group designed to address issues of offense accountability, thinking errors, relapse prevention, negative behavior cycles, and risk reduction strategies.

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.

Epictetus Self Mastery Program

A cognitive behavioral group that teaches internal control and filtering of thoughts and emotions; consequences of behaviors for thoughts and emotions with an emphasis on teaching that the only control people have are the choices that they make.

Additional Services

Case Management

Provides residents the opportunity to gain identification and employment documents, deal with connected community agencies and courts, provide internal budgeting of account monies, and facilitate payment of financial obligations to victims and the courts.

Education Program

The Education Program includes instructional services in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Educational Resource Center, GED preparation, basic literacy, community resources, post-secondary education resources, library services, and transition to post-secondary education.   Residents, who are high school graduates, have a GED, or college work, are trained as a volunteer peer-tutor or teacher’s aide.

Education Resource Center

A computer-aided instructional lab.  Residents who need to obtain their GED are required to complete adult education lessons.  Other residents may attend to academic skills, financial literacy skills, and word processing skills.  Many residents type phase letters, resumes, and cover letters. 

Community Service Program

Residents must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service.  Community service projects serve as structured work and skill-building activities for offenders, which, in turn, benefit state/local government agencies, cities, schools, charitable organizations and non-profit entities.

Work Release Program

The Work Release Program offers residents the opportunity for employment through job readiness, job placement services and works adjustment counseling.  Job Readiness covers preparation of resume and employment applications, identifying skill sets and interviewing techniques. Monies earned or saved are used to pay medical expenses, program fees, restitution, court costs, taxes, child support, or outstanding debts.

Medical Services

Upon intake, residents are given a preliminary health assessment by intake officers.  Within the first week of a resident’s arrival, an in-depth medical examination is completed by medical staff.  The medical staff shall ensure that all medical needs of residents are met in addition to assisting staff in medically related areas.  The medical staff also serves as an integral participant in educating the resident about health-related issues. 


Residents are encouraged to participate in recreational activities that make pro-social and productive use of their time.  Residents are offered a wide range of leisure activities which include, but are not limited to: basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, board games, reading, music, television, and gardening.