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Department of Youth Services Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility

Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility

640 Island Rd./P. O. Box 598 Circleville, OH 43113
Phone: (740) 477-2500 Fax: (740) 420-9816

Phillip Elms, Superintendent

For general inquiries, please call the facility or email  Charlette Matthews at


About CJCF

The Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility (CJCF) serves male youth. The facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association and provides a variety of services and treatment for youth including a fully accredited high school, behavioral health services, unit management, medical and dental care, recreation, religious services, community service opportunities and reentry services.

Please click here to view a virtual tour of CJCF. 


As with other DYS facilities, CJCF offers substance abuse programming, victim awareness, sex offender programming, Freedom Schools, and gang interventions. Treatment targets a variety of issues including conduct disorders, anger, aggression, violence, depression, anxiety, self-injury, sleep disturbances, and more. Unique programs at CJCF include the following:


Basketball Fellowship with Circleville Christian University

Bible Bowl

Buckeye Reach

Celebrate Recovery

Community for New Direction

Job Readiness

Family Day Worship

Goodwill Good Guides

Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Program

Kairos Torch

Epiphany Ministry

Missionaries of Sacred Heart

Musical Bands

Project MORE

Programs in Progress

Purpose Driven Life Group

Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry

Woodwork Construction Program


More information for families, including telephone, commissary, and free transportation to facilities, is available here.


The facility’s volunteer coordinator is Chaplain Torrey Kershaw, and volunteer inquiries can be directed to him at (740) 571-8267 or at

Visitation times are as follows for approved visitors:
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm        Monday – Friday (youth with a GED or diploma)
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm          Monday – Friday (youth in school)
9:30 am to 4:30 pm          Saturday and Sunday (all youth)
All youth are eligible for visitation every day. Close security youth may receive 3 visitors at a time. Medium security youth may receive 4 visitors at a time. Minimum security youth may receive 5 visitors at a time.    

Click here for directions to CJCF


Click here to view current openings.


Phillip Elms, Superintendent