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CROSSWAEH Community Based Correctional Facility to Open a New Women's Facility

For Immediate Release: March 5, 2007
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt, (330) 535-8116

The CROSSWAEH Facility Governing Board is proud to announce the upcoming opening of a new women's Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF) in Tiffin, Ohio. The 36-bed facility is located at 3091 South State Route 100, adjacent to the CROSSWAEH male CBCF, and is expected to open in April.

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.

Community leaders and corrections leaders gathered for a dedication event at the facility on February 23rd featuring tours and remarks from Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Assistant Director Mike Randle; Judge James DeWeese of Richland County; Oriana House President/CEO James Lawrence; and Oriana House Vice President of Correctional Programs in Seneca County, Jason Varney. A community open house is scheduled to be held closer to the opening of the facility.

The CROSSWAEH CBCF is managed and staffed by Oriana House, Inc. Oriana House is a nonprofit, community corrections and treatment agency based in Summit County.

The 58-bed CROSSWAEH male CBCF opened in 1999. The CROSSWAEH CBCF is directed by a six-member Facility Governing Board consisting of Ellen Folk, Adult Parole Authority (retired); James W. Fruth, Esq.; Kenneth J. Estep; Dennis Rosier, Seneca Township fiscal officer; Chief Kevin Cashen, Norwalk Police Department; and Ralph Roshong, school superintendent (retired).

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