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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Camp Reams - Southeastern Correctional Institution

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Intensive Programs Prison
Rick Chuvalas, I.P.P. Administrator
5900 B.I.S. Road
Lancaster, Ohio 43130


740-653-4324, ext. 2100

The Camp Reams Intensive Programs Prison (IPP) is a minimum-medium security facility located on the grounds of the Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI) near Lancaster, Ohio. Camp Reams, originally known as Ohio's first Boot Camp, consists of a 100-bed prisoner housing facility and a two-story building for programs and staff offices. The Camp is supervised by the IPP Administrator who reports directly to the Warden.

Camp Reams was initially designed as a component of Ohio's Shock Incarceration Program but has evolved into an intensive program style prison. Reams offers eligible offenders an alternative to traditional prison confinement. A strict regimen of supervision, discipline, and programming is employed which enhances the offenders' successful return to society. There are two primary advantages to IPP participation. The first is to the prisoner himself, providing him an opportunity to reduce a lengthy prison sentence (up to 5 years) while contributing to his academic, social, and work skills. The citizens of Ohio realize the second advantage. Prisoners selected for IPP are required to attend a Community Restorative Justice workshop and then perform supervised community service to local non-profit organizations and agencies.

To be eligible for IPP placement, offenders must be 18 years of age or older and in good physical and mental condition. Offenders who have committed serious or violent crimes are excluded from the program. Initial screening is conducted at the Reception Centers which includes Medical, Psychological, Educational and Substance Abuse assessments as well as a review of the prisoner's past criminal history.

The Intensive Program Prison is comprised of three distinct phases: Phase One is incarceration, Phase Two is Intermediate Transitional Detention Release and Phase Three is the Post Release Control supervision component.

Phase One: Incarceration

Once approved for the program, the prisoner receives an Administrative Transfer to Camp Reams to begin a 90-day term of incarceration. This portion of the program is designed to emphasize behavior modification through repetitive performance of socially acceptable daily living practices. Prisoners participate in self-enhancement programming in the areas of physical fitness, Adult Basic Education classes, GED completion, substance abuse counseling, values clarification, effective parenting, decision making skills training and employment skills development.

During Phase One, the prisoner will undergo a Dynamic Needs Assessment to determine the need for intensive aftercare supervision in a State Certified Halfway House. This Re-entry Accountability Plan (RAP) is developed by numerically scoring the prisoners' status concerning Age, Prior Commitment/Escape History, Parole Violations and Probation/Parole Revocations. Also taken into consideration are the Abuse/Addictions, Community Functioning, Personal/Emotional Orientation and Attitude/Values placed on Society's laws. The prisoners' total score in the above stated criteria will determine if he must complete Phase Two of the IPP or be released directly to Phase Three Post Release Control Supervision.

Phase Two: Intermediate Transitional Detention Release

Should Phase Two placement be indicated, the prisoner will be transferred to a State Certified Halfway House for up to 60 days of intensive aftercare supervision. All time spent in Intermediate Transitional Detention applies towards satisfaction of the required 1 year Post Release Control supervision period. Here, the offender must display an ability to cope with life in a free society environment. The offender will continue working on the self-improvement skills acquired at Camp Reams as well as any issues identified per the RAP and Dynamic Needs Assessment. During this transitional period, the offender will develop solid plans for living independently in society and will be required to comply with all Halfway House rules of conduct and curfew. In order to ensure that the offender remains drug-free, he must submit to periodic and random urinalysis. The offender will be allowed to leave the Halfway House periodically to seek employment, visit with family members (residence visitation is prohibited), and attend appropriate programs under parole officer supervision.

Phase Three: Post Release Control

Upon successful completion of Phase One and Phase Two, if required, the offender will be released into the community of his approved Parole Plan residence under Parole/Post Release Control Supervision. All offenders participating in the IPP will serve, at the minimum, 1-year of medium level Parole/Post Release Control supervision. This supervision includes weekly contact with a Parole Officer, employment verification, program participation and adherence to any other specific condition of supervision assigned to the offender. After a period of six months, the parolee will be evaluated and will then be supervised as needed until released from supervision by the Adult Parole Authority.

Directions to Camp Reams at the Southeastern Correctional Institution.