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CBCF's are state funded correctional facilities and programs that assist local criminal justice systems in reducing prison commitments of low level non violent offenders.

Who is Eligible for Placement into a CBCF?

Adult men convicted of a felony that does not require a mandatory prison sentence. Incarcerated offenders granted judicial release.

Who Places an Offender in a CBCF?

Common Pleas Court Judges may sentence an offender to a CBCF program instead of sending them to prison or placing them solely on community control. An eligible offender is first screened by the CBCF staff and, if all criteria are met and the offender qualifies for placement, the sentencing judge is notified that the offender would be eligible for the program. The final decision to place an offender in the program is made by the sentencing judge.

What is The McDonnell Center?

The CBCF is a 24-hour secure, 200 bed facility. Programs are highly structured with assessment and treatment services to reduce criminal behavior by offenders.The facility is located in an industrial area that has been rezoned residential, offering quick and convenient access to public transportation.

The CBCF is operated by Oriana House, a nationally renowned community corrections and chemical dependency treatment agency. For more information about Oriana House visit www.orianahouse.org.

How Does the CBCF Program Work?

The CBCF program is designed to last four to six months and consists of four progressive phases:

  • Phase 1: Upon entry into the program, clients are restricted to the facility for a minimum of 30 days. They are assessed for substance abuse, education, employment, cognitive skills, and other needs. As appropriate, they will begin alcohol and/or drug treatment, GED studies, employment classes, and various life skills classes such as health, anger management, parenting, and fiscal responsibility.

  • Phase 2: The client will be permitted to leave the facility for pre-approved purposes such as job searching, registering in a vocational school or college, doctor visits, and Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The CBCF staff verifies attendance at these activities. The clients continue substance abuse treatment, cognitive skills, and GED classes, as appropriate.

  • Phase 3: In this final phase, once they have verified employment and/or school they are permitted to leave the facility. It is expected that clients maintain their schedule and contribute to payment of court costs, restitution, fines and/or child support. In this phase, they are also permitted passes to visit with family. Aftercare and cognitive skills are required for maintaining changes in behavior. Clients are also preparing to re-enter the community. They will seek suitable housing, establish fiscal responsibility and develop contacts in the community for continued substance use, GED, and any other identified needs. Client are able to earn progressive passes towards the end of their release where they gradually earn more pass time each weekend at home. Upon successful completion, the client is released and returned to community supervision by the County Probation department.


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Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday



The McDonnell Center
3540 Croton Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115