Norwalk woman sent back to prison after being kicked out of CBCF

Extensive criminal record includes various drug and alcohol offenses going back about 10 years, some heroin-related crimes, a prison term and multiple probation violations.
Cary Ashby
Sep 5, 2014


A Norwalk woman with a history of substance abuse and psychiatric problems is returning to the slammer.

Amy L. Lykins, 32, was sentenced to 10 months in prison Wednesday for violating her probation. She admitted to being kicked out the Lorain-Medina community-based corrections facility Aug. 26. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

After her admission, the defendant was sentenced immediately and credited with already serving about six weeks behind bars.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway approved Lykins for a risk-reduction sentence. That means she can have 20 percent shaved off her 10-month term if she successfully completes the substance abuse program in prison.

On Aug. 13, Lykins was ordered to a CBCF as part of her three years of intensive probation. Her underlying conviction is theft of checks for victimizing a friend of her late father with whom she had been living. She also had to reimburse the victim $200 and undergo psychiatric counseling.

"They had made peace. He wanted her to get help more than anything else," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Wednesday.

Lykins had said she tried "every day to make it up to him."

About the probation violation, Longo said his client never fought the allegations and was "willing to take her medicine."

Last year, Lykins was kicked out of a CBCF for getting into an argument with another client. She was about five days from successfully completing the four- to six-month program when the May 7, 2013 argument happened. Before her second time in a CBCF, she told the judge she was willing to give the program in a locked-down facility her full effort.

Lykins' extensive criminal record includes various drug and alcohol offenses going back about 10 years, some heroin-related crimes, a prison term and multiple probation violations.



lmao! I actually thought it would of lasted longer than this. This CBCF is a joke! I understand our jails are over populated and the money is funny. There must be a better way of going at things than to keep them at some CBCF that has yet to show it being fruitful. Maybe instead of having all these factories sitting empty, the tri counties should convert one into a low security jail and house these drug offender, with extensive counseling... Every single time I see someone being sent to this CBCF im always commenting on they wont be there long and is true from what i see, its just not working..

swiss family

lugnut.. I think you are right.. and the Jails are overcrowded... do we think that this is going to change any day soon??? of course not.. so realistically wouldn't it be economically responsible for Huron county to either buy up a lot of farmers fields, and put people back to work by building a BIG prison system... and I am talking a multi level complex, where other counties and cities send their prisoners that can not fit into their over crowded jails...?? or like you said they could use old deserted factories and refurbish them into Jails and the construction alone would create a lot of work for local people, and then the entire operation of the system would create a lot of jobs.. If you think about a jail complex , and I am talking a place like Mansfield used to be, in it's day it was like a city within a city.... with all of the secured jobs and I am talking a lot of jobs!!! what we are doing now is NOT working for the majority of us.. so something needs to change...


Folks, you understand that your proposed solutions to CBCFs are nearly identical to current CBCFs - especially yours lugnuts2511. Also neither of you propose any way to fund your ideas and those ideas will not be cheap. Prisons are full and have no further room for rural small drug offenders. The solution is likely to be soon and it will likely be a prohibition of prison for all non violent drug offenders so that there is prison room for violent offenders, who in many urban counties have to currently be given probation because of lack of prison space.

swiss family

I believe you might be right about the drug crimes not going to jail or prison.. but I want to add, that I do not think it would be too hard to get a grant to fund a large multi level prison. I believe most people want to put more people away.. and that hopefully means more voters want this as well.. if it was done on a county level I believe it would pass, Plus with the current rate of high unemployment in this county, and in this State.. I believe that all politicians would like to put people back top work and would do so, if this structure was built,.... that is what grants and levy's come into play...I do not think it would be such a tough sell when you consider the jobs it would create in my opinion


it looks like i have an opening for a calendar model..


I'm sad Mikey.. She was such a looker too....