Setting the Record Straight: The GEO Group’s Services to the Federal Government

The GEO Group On-The-Record Statement

The GEO Group does not manage facilities that house unaccompanied minors, including those who may have been separated from their parents or legal guardians, nor does the company manage any facilities or provide any services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For over three decades, The GEO Group has managed special-purpose Processing Centers on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (and its predecessor agency) providing services exclusively for adults in the care of federal immigration authorities. Additionally, the company has managed the Karnes Family Residential Center, which has cared exclusively for parents together with their children, since 2014.

The facilities, programs and services at the Karnes Family Residential Center are specifically developed to provide a safe and humane environment for those in our care. This includes educational programming, around-the-clock quality medical care, a range of recreational options, and visitation facilities. Following intake, all residents are provided with six sets of non-institutional clothing and receive a medical examination. All residents of school age are offered educational services through a certified charter school.

Other features at the Karnes Family Residential Center include state-of-the-art smart-boards for classroom instruction, a library, activity games, multipurpose rooms for social activities, laundry facilities and food services catered to the residents’ local cuisine. Unlimited access to fruit, snacks, drinks, and infant formula is provided at all times. Recreational options at the Karnes Family Residential Center include an indoor gymnasium, artificial turf soccer fields, covered pavilion playgrounds, and picnic areas. Each room is equipped with bathroom and shower facilities, individual flat-screen TVs, and microwaves.

On a daily basis, the dedicated employees of The GEO Group deliver high quality services, including around-the clock medical care, that comply with performance-based standards set by the federal government and adhere to guidelines set by leading third-party accreditation agencies. The company’s employees are proud of our record in managing ICE Processing Centers with high-quality, culturally responsive services in safe and humane environments. Members of The Geo Group team strive to treat all those entrusted to our care with compassion, dignity, and respect.

As a three-decade long service provider to the federal government, The GEO Group’s focus has always been and remains on providing high quality services that meet or exceed the strict standards set by the federal government, and the company plays absolutely no role in passing, setting, or advocating for or against immigration laws and policies.

Immigration Detention Program

By David Venturella, Senior Vice President for GEO Group. Published in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2019. We take issue with Victoria Law’s characterization of the services that GEO Group has provided to the government for more than three decades, under Democratic and Republican administrations.

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First Step Act gives more support to programs that work for California inmates

By Steve Farguie, Senior Area Manager for GEO Care. Published in the Orange County Register on Jan. 19, 2019. When California prisons came under healthcare receivership in 2005, the process of enhancing the community reentry programs for our state’s prison population began. California’s investment in in-custody and community programming such as the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP)  and the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) has paid off in reduced recidivism rates and a declining prison population in accordance with some of the receiver’s requirements.

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Correcting the Record: What Reuters Chose to Ignore in Its Reporting

Correcting the Record: What Reuters Chose to Ignore in Its Reporting

Reuters published a story on January 18th that grossly ignored and omitted information provided in the reporting process that would have resulted in a more accurate and fact-based story. Contrary to the narrative depicted in the article, those staying at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center are provided a humane environment, with access to three free meals a day, also often eaten by facility staff, that account for a diverse range of dietary needs including Gluten Free, Kosher, pre-dialysis, and soy and nut allergies. Detailed menus, which are approved by registered dieticians and by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, were provided on-the-record to Reuters.

Warden Hosts Tour at Bay Correctional & Rehabilitation Facility for Community Advisory Committee to Address Recovery Efforts in Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Warden Hosts Tour at Bay Correctional & Rehabilitation Facility for Community Advisory Committee to Address Recovery Efforts in Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Panama City, Fla. – Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility Warden Craig Hanks today hosted the community advisory committee for a luncheon and tour at the correctional and rehabilitation facility to address recovery efforts and the reopening of the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

Setting the record straight on Eagle Pass Correctional Facility

By Waymon Barry, Eagle Pass Correctional Facility Warden. Published in Idaho Press on Dec. 26, 2018. The Idaho Press recently ran several stories, including an editorial, about Idaho inmates incarcerated in Eagle Pass, Texas. The distance between our facility and home for the inmates has allowed the Press to report falsehoods as fact and exaggerations as reality. Idaho families have it hard enough with loved ones incarcerated so far from home, and misleading press coverage is especially harmful to them.

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ICYMI – Under Fire for its Immigration Detention Business, A Private Prison Operator Works to Keep Ex-Cons From Going Back to Jail

By Will Racke. Published in The Daily Caller on Dec. 9, 2018. But the building’s drab exterior hides what might better be described as an oasis, at least for ex-inmates coming out if the Illinois prison system. The Illinois Department of Corrections sends parolees here to get help in acquiring the things they’ll need to restart their lives and, hopefully, make their most recent stay in prison their last. These can range from basic items like getting a driver’s license to locking down a steady job, which is almost always the key to post-prison rehabilitation, says Janet Szydelko, who has been the head program manager at the center since it opened in the Chatham neighborhood in 2015.

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Contractor-operated prisons are the solution

By Paul Laird, Western Region Vice President. Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 3, 2018. Over the course of my 31 years in corrections management, including more than two decades with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, I have seen the development of corrections service providers and currently serve as the Western Region vice president for the GEO Group, which owns and operates two correctional facilities and manages a third in New Mexico.

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GEO Group Statement on Federal Legislation on Prison Reform (The FIRST STEP Act)

The GEO Group applauds President Trump and the bipartisan group of lawmakers that support the FIRST STEP Act. We strongly encourage Congress to approve a compromise bill in the weeks ahead demonstrating that both political parties can collaborate to address the real challenges of recidivism.

Although GEO has never taken a position on criminal justice or immigration policies – such as whether to criminalize behavior, the length of criminal sentences, or the basis for or length of an individual’s incarceration or detention – we enthusiastically endorse the recidivism reduction strategies featured in the FIRST STEP Act.

Misinformation about contractor-managed correctional facilities prevalent during election cycle

By David Donahue, President of GEO U.S. Corrections and Detention. Published in Florida Politics on Oct. 30, 2018.This election cycle has been wrought with misinformation regarding Florida’s correctional institutions which are managed by private-sector service providers, specifically The GEO Group (GEO). For some politicians, these attacks have become nothing more than oft-repeated talking points without merit, truth or facts to back it up.

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