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CROSSWAEH CBCF Program Receives State Award

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2007
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt (330) 535-8116

The CROSSWAEH Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) in Tiffin, Ohio is celebrating state-wide recognition. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) presented CROSSWAEH with the Clifford Skeen Award for CBCFs. The award will be presented during the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections' (OJACC) annual conference in Columbus on Thursday, October 25, 2007. CROSSWAEH is the recipient of this prestigious award in recognition of its high quality programming.

"I am very proud of our staff and appreciative of the governance we receive for our CROSSWAEH CBCF," said Oriana House President and CEO James Lawrence. "It is a great honor to receive this recognition in honor of Clifford Skeen. I had great respect for Mr. Skeen, and I think he would be impressed with our CBCF program."

The CROSSWAEH CBCF program is two facilities (one facility for males and the other for females) located at the corner of U.S. Route 224 and State Route 100 in Tiffin, Ohio. The male facility has a capacity of 58 and the female facility has a capacity of 36. CROSSWAEH is an acronym for the nine counties served by the CBCFs: Crawford, Richland, Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Wyandot, Erie, Ashland, and Huron.

The CROSSWAEH CBCF program is a highly structured, secured community corrections program designed to reduce criminal behavior and divert eligible felony offenders from the state prison system. The primary program components address certain behaviors, attitudes, and thought processes that are associated with re-offending. While serving a maximum sentence of 180 days at CROSSWAEH, offenders undergo substance abuse treatment, and participate in job training, community service, and educational services. Programming consists of four phases and participants are given more responsibilities as they progress through the phases. CROSSWAEH is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA), and is licensed by ODRC and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS).

The Clifford Skeen Award was initiated as part of former Governor George Voinovich's administration to demonstrate commitment to community corrections as a viable alternative to incarceration. The award is given in honor of the late, eight-term Ohio Representative, Clifford Skeen, who sponsored the Community Correction Act passed by the Ohio Legislature in July, 1979. The purpose of this act was to reduce the number of non-dangerous offenders being sent to state prisons. During Representative Skeen's legislative career, he was active in community corrections. He sponsored funding for additional halfway houses throughout Ohio and was instrumental in obtaining increased funding for other community corrections initiatives.

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