The CPPM Mission Field

Currently, there are three state prisons and over 20 jail/treatment center sites in our Archdiocese. Where possible, we meet with and provide opportunity to worship and reflect in the faith. Men and women who want to learn more and enter the Catholic Church are invited to participate in RCIA and are welcomed into the Church on Easter weekend. (See our Gallery for past celebrations.)

To learn more about the difference between prisons and jails, visit our FAQ.

Prisons

Lebanon Correctional Institution

Lebanon Correctional (LeCI) is a Level-3, closed-security men’s facility located on SR 63, between Monroe and Lebanon, Ohio (just north of Warren Correctional). There are two components to LeCI: a general population in the main compound and the Honor Camp, a Level 1 facility which houses approximately 200 men who are within two years of the end of their sentence.

Approximately 2,500 men live inside LeCI. Catholic services are provided weekly by a volunteer team and in partnership with the ODRC staff:

  • Catholic Mass or Communion Service Honor Camp: Saturday, 9 a.m.
    Main Compound: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
  • Small Faith Groups / Bible Study Wednesday, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • RCIA / Specialized Instruction Thursday, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Pastoral Counseling provided upon request.

For more information about LeCI, visit www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/leci.htm

Warren Correctional Institution

Warren Correctional (WCI) is a Level-3, closed security men’s facility located on SR 63, between Monroe and Lebanon, Ohio (just south of Lebanon Correctional).

Approximately 1,400 men live inside WCI. Catholic services are provided weekly by a volunteer team, in partnership with the ODRC staff:

  • Catholic Mass or Communion Service Saturday, 1 p.m.
  • Small Faith Groups / Bible Study Monday, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • RCIA / Specialized Instruction Thursday, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Pastoral Counseling provided upon request.

For more information about WCI, visit www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/wci.htm

Dayton Correctional Institution

Dayton Correctional (DCI) is a Level-2, medium security women’s facility located on Germantown Street in Dayton, Ohio.

Approximately 950 women live inside DCI. Catholic services are provided weekly by a volunteer team and in partnership with the ODRC staff:

  • Catholic Mass Wednesday (1st and 3rd), 2 p.m.
  • Small Faith Groups / Bible Study Monday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pastoral Counseling provided upon request

For more information about DCI, visit www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/dci.htm

Halfway Houses

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and transitional control/diversion facilities in the area, we provide faith-based classes, reentry preparation and support during the employment process.  This efforts provides a support network and relationship continuum that fosters sustainability for men and women who are returning to society and attempting to redirect their lives in a positive way.

Jails

There are jail facilities located throughout our diocese, usually one per county. In addition, there are treatment centers and other diversionary sites which vary per region. Each county facility determines its level of religious services and the requirements for volunteers.

Hamilton County Justice Center

The Hamilton County Justice Center is located at 1000 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH. At any time, the Justice Center houses thousands of men and women who are either awaiting adjudication or serving short sentences.

Current ministries services include:

  • Chaplain visits for spiritual counseling and to receive the Eucharist
  • Catholic bibles, resources and other spiritual readings, upon request
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, provided by visiting priests
  • Weekly Communion Services, provided on Sunday afternoons and led by teams of local parish volunteers – Additional volunteers are needed for these services.
  • Counseling for re-entry upon release and the availability of post release
  • Catholic Mass in the chapel on Christmas, Easter and once a month during most of the year.

If you are interested in volunteering inside Hamilton County, Ohio, contact the Coordinating Chaplain for Catholic Ministry, Deacon Don Meyer at 513.235.3430. All other counties, please contact the facility directly to determine volunteer opportunities.