Statement by GEO Group on Adelanto ICE Processing Center OIG Inspection

“For purposes of background, The GEO Group manages and/or owns 139 correctional, detention and community reentry facilities. We manage these facilities on behalf of our customers, which include state corrections agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

We take the findings outlined by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding the Adelanto ICE Processing Center very seriously. While we believe that a number of the findings lacked appropriate context or were based on incomplete information, we have already taken steps to remedy areas where our processes fell short of our commitment to high-quality care.

Setting the record straight on our long-standing work for ICE and the federal government

By Johnny Choate, Opinion Contributor. It is disheartening to open a newspaper or turn on the TV only to see misleading information and politically-driven insinuations about the services The GEO Group (GEO) provides to the federal government. I have been a proud employee at GEO for more than 20 years, and currently serve as the facility administrator of the Aurora ICE Processing Center, which was established in 1986 on a contract with ICE’s predecessor, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). While it makes for a popular talking point to suggest The GEO Group plays a role in public policy decisions, the truth is quite the opposite. GEO does not take positions on, nor advocate for or against, any immigration enforcement policies, which includes laws governing detention of noncitizens.

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Migrant mother Gabriela Hernandez is almost relieved to be in detention after a hellish journey through Mexico

By Leyla Santiago, Khushbu Shah and Rachel Clarke, CNN. Gabriela Hernandez is being held in government detention. Yet, this is the happiest she has been in weeks. Compared to what she and the boys have gone through in the last two months, her current living status — even if under guard — is a relief. Hernandez says she fled her home in Honduras when gangs threatened to kill Omar, her 6-year-old. She sought some safety traveling north through Mexico in the migrant caravan, but it wasn’t easy. The whole family was hungry. Each of them, including a pregnant Hernandez, became sick. They struggled to ride on top of freight trains carrying scrap metal in the blazing sun and frigid nights. They waited days for buses, living off donations from strangers. And when the United States was in sight, they camped in a chilly Tijuana, waiting for the US border post to open.

“GEO Continuum Of Care” Receives Prestigious “Innovation in Corrections” Award from the American Correctional Association

On January 8, 2018, The GEO Group (GEO) was proud to accept the “Innovation in Corrections” Award at the American Correctional Association (ACA) Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. This prestigious award was presented to Dr. George C. Zoley, GEO’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder by Victoria C. Myers, Chair of ACA’s Correctional Awards Committee.

ACA’s Correctional Awards Committee selected the “GEO Continuum of Care” program at the Graceville Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Florida as the ACA 2018 “Innovation in Corrections” awardee. The award was based on an independent nomination of the “GEO Continuum of Care” program, which was submitted by Dr. John Smykla, Director and Professor of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

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