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Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility

Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility provides a safe, supportive environment for committed female adolescents and encourages the development of responsible young women.

Established in 1907 as Indiana Girls’ School, Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility is a medium/maximum security, 457-bed facility housing female juveniles.  IJCF is one of seven Indiana Department of Correction juvenile penal institutions accredited by the American Correctional Association; however, IJCF is the only female facility in the state of Indiana, and the only reception and diagnostic center for newly committed female youths.

IJCF offers a number of groups that address the needs of its student population, including: Peace Learning, Renewing the Mind, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Power Source, Criminal and Addictive Thinking, Anger Management, Voices, Healthy Relationships, Employability Skills, Substance Abuse, Relapse Prevention, Grief and Loss and several others. 

Educational programs are provided by Eliza Hendricks Junior Senior High School which is located on facility grounds.  Eliza Hendricks is accredited by both the North Central Association and the American Correctional Association.

Parents and relatives are encouraged to participate in parent orientation, education, treatment and other groups made available to the student population. 

Treatment Groups and Programming Information

Purposeful Living Units Serve PLUS – PLUS is a voluntary 16-week character or faith-based program that instills positive change in students through awareness and the creation of a purposeful life plan.  PLUS provides students the opportunity to explore and choose alternatives to criminal thinking and behavior.  This is accomplished through an emphasis on spiritual, moral, character development, life skills training and intentional preparation to live as law-abiding citizens.

Peace Learning - Students learn non-violent coping mechanisms in a way that incorporates mind, body, nature and self-discovery.  Via a holistic approach, Peace Learning implements an intensive peace education program that blends conflict resolution and a variety of skills that promote problem solving, diversity appreciation, environmental awareness and personal responsibility for success. 

Renewing the Mind – Incorporates lessons that allow participants to release past thinking patterns and rely on new skills through the exploration of religion.  This group looks to the Bible for guidance and help to incorporate self-discovery.  Students are encouraged to build upon and employ their religious beliefs.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - provides students with a progressive guide to help them improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals and to get along with others.  The curriculum is based on the seven habits outlined in the book under the same title and written by author Sean Covey: Be Proactive – take responsibility for your life; Begin with the End in Mind – Define your mission and goals in life; Put First Things First – Prioritize, and do the most important thing first; Think Win-Win – Have an everyone-can-win attitude; Think First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – Listen to people sincerely; Synergize – work together to achieve more; Sharpen the Saw - Renew yourself regularly.

Power Source – A non-religious-based program that teaches students the skills by which to reclaim and take control of their lives.  Power Source obligates students to confront those often avoided issues and questions in order to navigate their way to recovery.   Power Source group is intended for those students who struggle with anger, violence, gangs, drugs and tough family situations.

Criminal & Addictive Thinking – this group utilizes a series of workbooks to help students realize the correlation between their thinking and the resulting destructive behaviors, and that criminal offenses do not just happen.   Three objectives to criminal and addictive thinking are taught:  Thinking greatly influences feelings and behavior; How to recognize, monitor and change distorted thinking patterns; and Healthier ways of relating to others.

Anger managementCage Your Rage for Women is a comprehensive program based on the anger management program developed by author Murray Cullen.   This program targets women (juveniles) and is intended for students working either individually with counselors or in a group setting.  Cage Your Rage helps students learn how to control their anger and abstain from aggressive, anti-social behaviors. 

Voices – Voices is a program of self-discovery and empowerment.  Voices encourage girls to seek and celebrate their “true selves” by giving them a safe space, encouragement, structure and support to embrace their important journey of self-discovery.  The program advocates a strength-based approach that helps girls to identify and apply their power and voices as individuals and as a group.  The focus is on issues that are important in the lives of adolescent girls, from modules about self and connecting with others, to exploring healthy living and the journey ahead.  Voices curriculum uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral, expressive arts and relational theory. 

Healthy Relationships – This psycho-educational group addresses the needs of adolescent girls and promotes healthy relationships by defining what a healthy relationship is, and through discussion of the different types and roles of relationships and how those roles factor into play into the choices they make that affects their lives in relation to other people.  Discussions include family, role models and values, gender roles, cycles of abuse, communications and more.  

Employability Skills – Upon reaching the re-entry phase of their programming, students are required to complete the employability group.  This group is broken into modules and concentrates on specific objectives: Self-esteem, Goal Setting, Mentoring, Employment Resources, Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution, Professional Appearance, Transportation, Job Conduct, Legal Issues, Personal Finance and Cultural Diversity.   Students learn how to properly fill out an application and complete a resume and how to present themselves to potential employers by participate in mock interviews. 

In to Work I2W– an ARAMARK Food Services program, I2W offers students the opportunity of learn food handling and preparation skills.  I2W provides students with both classroom education and a practicum application of hands-on experience.  

Substance Abuse – The Substance Abuse program provides a psychological/educational based venue to those students identified as needing help with a substance abuse or dependence disorder.  An open forum for discussion of topics, ambivalence to prevention and/or cessation of these behaviors, and a respectful debate of differences on the topics in encouraged in group.  This is supplemented with documentaries and student led discussions of their experiences. 

Relapse Prevention – In this group, students develop Relapse Prevention Plans identifying triggers, warning signs, and methods for dealing with cravings.  Resources available in the community provide a continuum of recovery aids after students release from incarceration.  Individual counseling is tailored to the student’s unique needs and to help meet their individual goals. 

Grief and Loss – This group addresses the concerns and pain of those students who have experienced painful loss.  Grief and Loss group allows students to define their own personal losses, and encourages them to face the loss, identify their personal strengths and to set goals and integrate these experiences into life changes that are both meaningful and hopeful.

Girl Scouting in Detention Centers – Addresses the sensitive issues of incarcerated female youths, and offers them opportunities to participate in Girl Scout activities that help cultivate positive values, strong social conscience, high self-esteem, and critical life skills needed to become healthy, productive young women. 

Jason Foundation Suicide Group – Informs students of the signs that might be exhibited, the different myths and truths about an individual who might be suicidal.  Through a series of lectures, multi-media, and group discussions, students learn alternative methods to self-harming, different aids available to help them make the right choice, and how to extend helping hands in situations where one might express suicide. 

Education Programs

General High School Diploma - Students who are enrolled at Eliza Hendricks School are able to earn credits that will go towards their High School diploma.  Classes are offered in the following subjects: English, Developmental Reading, Math, Civics, Government, Geography, History, Economics, Art, Basic Skills, Culinary Arts, Career Exploration, Spanish, French, Psychology, Sociology, and Study Skills.

General Education Diploma – Students who have not found success in a high school setting are provided assistance with obtaining their GED.  The GED test is scheduled on IJCF grounds.  Courses offered are: GED Science, GED Math, GED Social Studies, and GED English.

Special Education - At Eliza Hendricks School students with special needs are able to receive Special Education Services.  Students who may not have been previously recognized as having a special education need can be tested, identified, and then provided special education services. 

Weekly Afternoon Rewards Party WARP - This rewards celebration encourages IJCF students to not only maintain proper behavior in the classroom, but to also strive for academic excellence.  WARP is a way to acknowledge and reward students who are demonstrating appropriate progress in academic and behavioral pursuits.  The reward that has been implemented is one hour of supervised leisure time and a snack each week.

Community Service

Offender Work Program

Students who have passed their GED pre-test with a 480 or higher, has a high school diploma, or passed the GED exam are eligible to work with this program. The Offender Work Program allows students to leave the facility to work off grounds in various locations such as schools, churches, etc. This helps our students receive their community service credits, which are necessary to complete before leaving our facility.

Volunteer Information

IJCF houses juvenile females between the ages of 13-18 years old.  The student population requires a variety of needs that includes mentors, volunteers, personal hygiene items, etc.  If interested in donating items or becoming a mentor, please contact Community Service Coordinator Dennis Ludwick at 317-244-3387, extension 263.  Volunteers are given an orientation on the last Thursday of each month, and every volunteer is required to attend annual training to continue their volunteer services. 

IJCF "Wish List"

Shampoo and Conditioner
Underwear (white only)
Socks (white only)
Notebook paper (non-spiral)
Blow Dryers
Curling Irons