FCJ Weekender Incarceration Program

In attempting to continue our goal to use the jail beds in the most efficient manner available, save tax dollars and allow offenders to maintain adequate employment, we have developed a weekend incarceration program.  This program includes a mandatory participation in community service.

Local government entities, as well as churches and non-profits, will have the ability to use offenders in this program for their projects.  Needs such as spring clean up, painting projects and the like are good applications for this program.  

Using the form provided, agencies can make a request for weekender volunteers.  Weekender Community Service Program Agreement This form can be faxed or mailed to the Jail.  Volunteers will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Direct Supervision

Our move is not just a physical one, rather we have adopted the philosophy of Direct Supervision. In essence, when an individual comes through our door, we are going to assume that they will behave like a normal adult.  Should they do so, they will be on a housing unit where they are out of their cell all day, have free access to the phone, television, shower, exercise yard and programs.  

Should they choose not to, their privileges will be removed.  This operational philosophy has been proved to be effective throughout the country, and we look forward to making it work in Franklin County.  As this is a significant change from our current mode of operation, we ask that you would encourage your loved one to adhere to the rules and regulations.

Program Opportunities

One of the biggest benefits to the new jail is a significant increase in program space, and therefore programs.  Our programs are all research-based, and proved effective .

The two primary building blocks of our approach are Education and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).


This program includes 70 hours per week (2 instructors 35 hours of program time each), of General Equivalent Diploma (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and basic reading competency.

This program is operated by Manito, Inc.  Nearly 50% of our inmates do not have a high-school diploma.  Additionally, in accordance with PA Act 30 of 1997, we offer an actual high-school program for all inmates under the age of 20, who have not graduated.  This program is operated by the Lincoln Intermediate Unit.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that we offer is called MRT.  Research indicates that this approach reduces recidivism. Read more about MRT here. . This is also the primary approach of the Day Reporting Center (DRC), therefore an individual can begin the steps while incarcerated, and continue after release in the DRC, thereby creating a continuum of treatment throughout our system.

Medical Services

Our medical service provider (PrimeCare Medical, Inc) provides all medical, dental and mental health service staff.  We are a National Commission on Correctional Health Care certified facility.

Other Programs Offered

We also offer Stress and Anger Management, Life Skills, Drug and Alcohol Education, Sex Offender Therapy and Job Retention.  Later in the year, we plan to offer a Batterers Group.

Additionally, there are several work opportunities, to include the availability of receiving Serv Safe certification through Canteen (our food service vendor).