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The mission of the Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center (BCJRC) is to help young men/women help themselves. BCJRC serves felony level offenders from Butler, Clermont, Clinton and Warren counties. The facility has long been recognized as one of the leaders in juvenile corrections programming. In 1996, BCJRC was recognized as "The Outstanding Community Correctional Facility - State of Ohio." In 1998, the facility participated in an extensive evaluation of its overall operations and programs by the University of Cincinnati. The evaluation resulted in the facility being rated the second highest scoring CCF in Ohio as well as national recognition. In addition, the facility has been at the forefront of new programming, becoming the first CCF in the state to accept female offenders.

Youth incarcerated in the facility are exposed to a variety of programming, individualized to meet their unique needs. Programming for youth includes victim empathy and cognitive restructuring, along with offense specific programming for sex offenders and youth with chemical dependency issues. While in the program, parents of these young people are also involved in programming designed to aid smoothly transitioning the youth back into the community.

While the main focus of the BCJRC is to change the thinking and behavior of our residents through cognitive intervention, their educational deficiencies are also addressed. Youth are assessed and an individualized education plan is created and then implemented to improve their academic standing. An example of academic improvement is reflected by the fact that 95% of the residents experienced academic improvement within the year. In addition, BCJRC experienced its highest scores on the Ohio Proficiency Test with 76% of the residents passing all sections of the test.

Statistically, there were several changes which occurred in the year. The average length of stay decreased from 185 days to 157 and the number of admissions increased from 80 to 84. Several program changes occurred in the year including a program through Title I funding, in which residents prepare book & tape sets for elementary students at Jefferson Elementary, in Hamilton. In addition, male and female Level III residents worked with severely disabled clients at the Liberty and Hamilton Center.

The good work of this facility would not be possible if it were not for the involvement of local social service providers. These organizations that deserve special thanks are the Hamilton Christian Center, Hamilton Vineyard Church, Ohio State University Extension, Early AIDS Intervention, Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council, Narcotics Anonymous, Catholic Social Services, Butler County Children Services Board, Miami University, the Rape Crisis Center, along with the large number of mentors and volunteers who have reached out to our youth. Finally, special recognition should be given to our staff for their professionalism and dedication throughout the year.

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Advisory Committee

Thomas W. Barnes
Superintendent of Corrections, Butler County Juvenile Justice Center

Gary Bryant

Court Director, Clermont County Juvenile Court

Robert G. Clevenger
Director of Juvenile Justice Center, Butler County

Judge Ronald R. Craft
Butler County Juvenile Court

Brandy Niemiller, MSW, LISW
Program Director, Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Judge G. Allen Gano
Clinton County Juvenile Court

Stanley Goodman, M.D.
President of Advisory Committee

Tom Kelechi

President, Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council

Kevin Kincer

Superintendent, Warren County Juvenile Court

John Lazares
Superintendent, Warren County Educational Services Center

Judge Mike Powell
Warren County Juvenile Court

Juliana Routt

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Deanne Whalen

Clinton County Juvenile Court

Judge Stephanie Wyler
Clermont County Juvenile Court

Rachel Young

Clinton County Juvenile Court


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