STAR Community Justice Center

Counties Served

Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Scioto






4696 Gallia Pike Franklin Furnace, OH 45629


November 2001

Total Beds



*American Correctional Association (ACA)

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Program Overview

STAR Community Justice Center is intended to promote public safety and reduce prison commitments. STAR utilizes cost-effective programming that aims to address the seven key areas (criminogenic needs) that place offenders at risk of recidivating. Staff works with each offender to address barriers that exist that may prohibit that individual from living a crime-free, pro-social lifestyle upon release. Offenders participate in intensive cognitive-behavioral treatment in addition to educational, vocational and restorative activities during their stay of up to 180 days. Prior to release, an aftercare plan is developed to ensure long-term success and reduce the threat to public safety.

STAR Mission

STAR Community Justice Center’s mission is to enhance Public Safety by providing:
STRUCTURE, through close management of each offender’s time, energy and movement;
THERAPY, as the focus of intensive, individualized educational, vocational, chemical dependency and other pro-social programs;
ADVOCACY, for all Community Justice Stakeholders, and;
RESTORATION, as the result of our synergy.

STAR Philosophy

Community Justice is a way of viewing, understanding and responding to crime and victimization. Irresponsible and criminal behaviors cause pain and suffering for all Community Justice Stakeholders, including victims, families, our communities and for the offenders as well. There are no victimless crimes.

Resident Philosophy

With Structure, Therapy, Advocacy and Restoration, I can be a point of light in a world of darkness. Through Grace comes opportunity. Structure defines the responsible boundaries for my family, my community and for me. Therapy is the science of right thinking. I am responsible for maintaining my own pro-social attitudes. Advocacy is to live the Golden Rule. I will be an advocate for my family and for my community. Restoration is achieved through respect and compassion for others, my willingness to share what I value, and my commitment to repay what is due. I will live each day with Structure, Therapy, Advocacy and Restoration. With STAR, I will succeed!

Intake and Screening

Screening eligibility and admission criteria is established by the Facility Governing Board. Referrals are adult males and females, felony offenders referred by the Courts of Common Pleas.


STAR Orientation

Two weeks of classes, small groups, and assignment of a ‘Peer Mentor’ to assist new offenders with adjusting to the structured, positive environment.  

Resident-Needs Assessments – Each resident is assessed using the ORAS, Bio-Psychosocial assessment and the SASSI. The administration of these tools help to guide the process of what classes and groups each resident will participate in while at STAR.  

Medical Services – Offenders are given a preliminary health assessment, health appraisal and health-care planning session during the intake process. Medical staff provides one-on-one instruction that includes the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis and other communicable diseases, and importance of nutrition in recovery. The goal of medical staff is to be an integral part of helping offenders develop a healthy lifestyle by providing quality medical care and advice or by referring to community clinics and dental centers that provide needed services.          

Cognitive Based Programming

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.  


Moving On


Is a gender responsive curriculum authored by Marilyn Van Dieten, Ph.D, where women explore how they have self-selected into high-risk situations, and examines the negative thinking patterns and belief systems that continue to cause problems in their lives. They learn communication skills, evaluate and change unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns, and utilize problem solving strategies in order to work toward personal goals and achieving their own vision of success. 


Univ. of Cincinnati Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse


Staff led class which challenges the thinking errors and life choices associated with substance abuse.  


Anger Management


The goal of the Anger Management curriculum is to address the criminogenic needs of antisocial attitudes and antisocial personality. By using a cognitive behavioral approach, this curriculum teaches residents the skills to deal with anger and aggression issues.


Addiction Groups


Reformers Unanimous


A once a week, voluntary, faith-based continuing care group offered to offenders during their latter phases and after release. The RU program is a nationally recognized initiative offered at local churches. The goal is to assist those in recovery both during and after their residency at STAR.


Loved Ones Group


Provided to give offenders and key family members an opportunity to process where the family has been, how they got there, where they want to go, and how to get there by appropriately expressing Care and Concern to achieve and maintain accountability and respect.  




Weekly in-house Narcotic Anonymous, Alcoholic Anonymous and 12-Step support groups meet with offenders and are facilitated by outside volunteers.


Additional Programming


Community Service


Offenders participate at a limited number of community service project sites in the local community. This experience works to establish pro-social contacts within the community elevate the degree of community confidence in the rehabilitation process, enhance the basic work skills and work ethic of the resident. It also allows the resident to experience the benefits of “giving back”.  


Spiritual Services


A cadre of volunteer ministers offers spiritual services, on a rotating basis, two times a week. This group of religious leaders, known as STAR’s Faith-Based Initiative (F-BI) assists in making pro-social contacts in each offender’s home town prior to release.  


Educational Services (GED)


State certified teachers assess individual skill levels to develop education plans. Educational services include computer aided job skills (Aztec), GED preparation/study, on-site GED testing as appropriate.  


Vocational Classes


Vocational classes and actual experience are offered in Building and Grounds Maintenance and Food Service. Both programs are certified through the Collins Career Center.


Reentry Services


At STAR the path to return home begins as soon as the resident arrives. Upon arrival to STAR, every resident is assigned a reentry specialist who addresses each resident's reentry needs and begins knocking down barriers to reentry. These barriers can range from housing, employment and education issues, to substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling and relapse prevention. Upon discharge, every resident is given a continuing care plan that the county probation or parole officer can use to aid in the continued success of the STAR graduate. Furthermore, the graduates meet once a week for up to six months with their assigned reentry specialist in their home counties to continue addressing reentry needs and also cognitive behavioral therapy.