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Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Overview

The Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center (BCJRC) is a 30 bed secure facility. BCJRC houses male felony offenders from throughout the State of Ohio. The facility was the first juvenile Community Correctional Facility (CCF) in Ohio, created to house offenders in a secure setting, while providing programming designed to help youth become productive citizens. In 1996, BCJRC received recognition as “The Outstanding Community Correctional Facility-State of Ohio.”

In 2007, the facility initially received accreditation from the American Correctional Association and received re-accreditation in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. BCJRC has passed Prison Rape Elimination Act audits in 2015, 2018, and 2021 through the Department of Justice. In addition, the facility holds accreditation through the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) to provide sex offender assessment, treatment and transition services.

BCJRC utilizes evidence-based practices to address the needs of youth placed in the facility. The facility provides youth placed in the facility with a variety of programs; individual, group, and family, designed to meet their unique needs. Programming includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions designed to motivate and teach residents how to make important life changes. Further, the facility provides specialized programs such as sex-offender, substance-abuse, anger management and trauma focused cognitive behavioral treatment to youth with an identified need in any of these areas. Curriculums used in these interventions include Thinking for a Change (T4C), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Skillstreaming, and CBT Interventions for Substance Abuse from the University of Cincinnati.

While placed, parents of our residents are involved in their child’s treatment planning and ongoing family sessions. During the re-entry phase of the program, facility staff works with the youth’s family and placing court to aid in transition back to their home community. 

While the facility’s main-focus is to change the criminal thinking and behavior patterns of our residents, academic achievement and improvement is also a significant goal. The facility contracts with the Butler County Educational Services Center to provide educational programming. Their comprehensive educational program entails the following:

  • Year-round school calendar
  • Hybrid educational model
  • Focus in the core content areas:
    • Reading/Language Arts
    • Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • Science
  • The use of APEX Learning to provide online based curriculum that is used for in class instruction and credit recovery. 
  • A Special Education Intervention Specialist that focuses on service delivery of identified services. 
  • Vocational programming through a partnership with Butler Tech
In closing, the work of this facility would not be possible without the involvement of our community partners. The facility’s community partners includes: Butler Behavioral Health Services, Butler Tech, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Miami University, along with the volunteers and mentors who have reached out to our residents. Finally, the facility would like to provide special recognition to our dedicated staff, who strive to help every youth help themselves to a more productive pathway in society.


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Advisory Committee

Jason Gundrum, Superintendent of Corrections
Butler County Juvenile Court

Judge Erik D. Niehaus
Butler County Juvenile Court

Judge Daniel J. Phillips
Butler County Juvenile Court

Tim Myers, Director
Butler County Juvenile Justice Center

Mark Garretson, Deputy Superintendent
Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Dr. Jeff Asher, Program Director
Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center

Karla Evans, Community Facilities Manager
Ohio Department of Youth Services


Chelsea Smith, Administrative Assistant/Guidance Specialist, BCJDC/BCJRC
Butler County Educational Services Center

Linda Hart, Director of Special Services,
Butler County Educational Services Center

Marni Durham
Butler Technology & Development Schools

Dan Bates
Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Tony Miller, Superintendent
Warren County Juvenile Detention Center

David Tobin, Regional Parole Adminstrator
Ohio Department of Youth Services

General Information     

Questions? Comments?

Please contact: Mark Garretson
Phone: (513) 887-3800
Fax: (513) 887-3871