Community Mark 10 Years of Chillicothe Correctional Center
BY ANGIE TALKEN,
CT 12 11 18
December 7, community members, staff, retirees and officials within the Department of
Corrections (DOC) gathered at Chillicothe Correctional Center to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the opening of the facility.
PHOTO: Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell spoke to the crowd of nearly 100
people a the 10th anniversary celebration of the Chillicothe Correctional Center on
December 7. CT PHOTO/ANGIE TALKEN
October 24, 2006, ground was broken to start construction of the
facility which sits on 140 acres just north of the Chillicothe city limits. On
December 2, 2008, Department of Corrections staff moved 484 female offenders into the
facility. Currently there are 1,595 offenders incarcerated; the facility has the ability to hold 1,728 offenders.
State Representative Rusty Black said the facility currently employs 471DOC employees,
and an overall total of 555 employees, many from Chillicothe. The facility brings in more
than $14.6 million in salaries annually. "The impact this facility has, not only on the lives of those being
rehabilitated," Black said. "But on the lives of each and every
person in this community, simply based off of economic development and community partnerships is
Darin Chappell, Chillicothe City Administrator, said that many projects throughout town
would not be possible if it weren't for the cooperation between DOC and the city.
"I can tell you, we would not be able to do much of what we do now, without the support
of programs that allow the city and this facility to work
together," Chappell said. "The average person who lives and works in Chillicothe
doesn't see the impact the offenders hard work has on our community. But, I can guarantee, we would not be able to do 1/10th
of what we do now, without their work and the partnership we have
established." Offenders within the prison do a variety of tasks in cooperation with city employees
and other volunteers, including, hanging lights at Simpson Park for the holidays, landscaping,
work with the street department and more. "The partnership that has been developed over the years is beneficial for everyone
involved," Chappell said.
Chris McBee, warden of Chillicothe Correctional Center, introduced former warden and
DOC DAI Division Director Alana Boyles. Boyles commended the hard work of the employees,
who many times have taken measures to implement changes within the
facility before other DOC facilities. "The staff at this facility has a heart for
service," she said. "Each of you set a strong example for having a
heart for service, working as a team and remaining dedicated to the work you do with
offenders, stakeholders, other staff and the community as a whole.
Boyles noted staff at the facility have been doing crisis intervention work long before
other DOC facilities. "Work on crisis intervention skills, on every level was happening
here long before we had Crisis Intervention Training throughout the
Black ended by thanking the staff for their hard work, and leadership in and out of the
facility. "Without each of you all and the offenders who work with our community, there
would be a hole and that hole would never be filled," he said.