New Opportunity for Inmates and Jobs for Lake County, Michigan
Facility details: https://www.geogroup.com/FacilityDetail/FacilityID/266
“Inmates will be offered courses that include basic adult education, introduction to computers, building trades, life skills, religious services and suicide prevention, according to GEO Group. Village of Baldwin President Jim Truxton has long been a supporter of the facility and said most of the community is also happy with the contract for the prison.” Detroit News, 9/26/19
“Since announcing the prison would reopen, GEO Group has hired about 260 people to work at the facility, ranging from healthcare professionals, teachers, and administrative and support staff…“It’s huge,” said Deborah Smith-Olsen, chairperson of the Lake-Osceola State Bank. “The economic impact of their payroll is something that we haven’t experienced.” MLive, 10/1/19
“While finishing up their sentence of 90 months or less, the offenders will have the opportunity to earn their GED, learn basic computer skills and also learn skilled trades. They also have access to indoor and outdoor recreation, including basketball courts and a brand new soccer field…. The director of operations, John Oliver, says they hope a structured lifestyle inside the facility will help provide hope and success for the inmates once they are released.” Up North Live, 9/30/19
“I am proud to have it here… I see that this facility, as nice as it is, will hold its own and will be able to hold the contract…” – Deborah Smith-Olson, Chair, Community Outreach Board; 9 & 10 News, 9/30/19
“A row of sports-themed inspirational posters lines the hallway inmates will travel between the gym and classrooms at the North Lake Correctional Facility. A new soccer field sits in the outdoor recreational area. Prison officials say that field was “above and beyond‘ its contract requirements.. A recurring theme of the tour was how inmates can control their fates… “Inmates can pretty much eat as much as they want,‘ said John Oliver, director of operations for the Eastern Region, GEO Secure Services. Inmates will even have a say in which shows will air on the TV screens hanging from the common area…” Cadillac News, 10/1/19
Proven Reduced Recidivism at Graceville and Riverbend
Our outcomes highlight recidivism reductions, disciplinary reports, and grievances at two Continuum of Care demonstration sites: Graceville Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Jackson County, FL and Riverbend Correctional Facility in Milledgeville, GA.
- Both facilities have implemented Continuum of Care programming long enough to calculate 24-month recidivism rates, and the data shows significant reductions in returns to prison
- Continuum of Care programming provides offenders up to 18 hours of individualized cognitive behavioral treatment above what prisons are contracted to provide
- There is evidence of the positive impact that enhanced programming and staff development has on key disciplinary and grievance measures
RIVERBEND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Extending the recidivism measurement time from 12 to 24 months, we saw a decline of 16%.
Within 24 months of release, 31.2% of those released during the 2015 calendar year returned to a Georgia prison.
After implementation of the CoC Program, the 24-month return rates decreased to 26.2% for those released during the 2016 calendar year.
GRACEVILLE CORRECTIONAL AND REHABILITATION FACILITY
The Graceville Correctional Facility CoC program was fully implemented in July 2016. The Graceville recidivism figure to the right shows an offender return rate decline of 23%. Prior to the CoC Program, 14.9% of those released returned to a Florida prison within 12 months. Following the implementation of the CoC Program, return rates decreased to 11.4% for those released between 2015 and 2016. This indicates a 23% reduction in recidivism.