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GEO in the Community
Chairman’s Letter
Written by George Zoley
                                                                                                                                          a publication of The GEO Group, Inc.                                                       Contents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1Q2010



                                                                                  GEO                                                                                                                                                     VOLUME XVI ISSUE 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1ST QUARTER 2010



                                                                                WELCOMES                                      KALIA MANCELL
                                                                                                                              DESIGNER/EDITOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            world
                                          Care and transitioned the management      to pursue future growth opportunities     the Geo Group, inc.
                                                                                                                              one park place
                                          of the 354-bed Columbia Regional          in that important part of the world.
                                                                                                                              621 nw 53rd street, suite 700
                                          Care Center located in South Carolina.                                              boca raton, florida 33487
                                          This project activation marks an          In 2010, we expect to substantially
                                          important milestone for our company       complete two other major company-         866.301.4436 • 561.893.0101
                                          as it expands GEO Care’s client base      owned expansions. In Michigan,            fax: 561.443.1867
                                          and service delivery platform. The        we are expanding our North Lake
                                                                                                                              e-mail: kmancell@geogroup.com
                                          Columbia Regional Care Center             Correctional Facility from its current                                                       chairman’s letter
                                                                                                                              website: www.geogroup.com
                                          serves a diverse resident population      500 beds to 1,725 beds. In Colorado,
                                          that includes offenders from the states   we are undertaking a 1,100-                                                                  U.s. corrections                               international services
                                          of South Carolina and Georgia as well     bed expansion of our company’s            EDITORIAL STAFF                                     2   Training Standardizations                 22   Programs Department Excell at
                                          as special-needs federal detainees        first facility, the 432-bed Aurora        Copy Editors                                        4   GEOfit, GEOstrong, GEOproud                    Kutama Sinthumule


                                                                             Columbia Regional
                                          from the U.S. Marshals Service            Processing Center. We are continuing      Alfred romAn                                        6   Appointment of Joseph Woodring /               Correctional Centre
                                                                                                                              robin Verse                                             Compliance for the Next Decade            23   2010 FIFA Legacy Media Launch /
                                          and U.S. Immigration and Customs          to work towards securing contracts for
                                                                                                                                                                                  8   Investigators Recognized /           23        Aussie Outback Incarceration
                                          Enforcement.                              the activation of these two important
                                                                                Care Center
                                                                                                                                                                                      Front Line World Wide Support
                                                                                    projects, which will improve our          CONTRIBUTORS                       9                9   The 1st GEO Employee Receives             commUnitY involvement
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Louisiana Veterans’ Honor
                                          Our U.S. Corrections business unit        financial performance in the future.      GeorGe ZoleY
                                                                                                                                                                                      Medal / Nigerian Government visits        24   Who Let The Dogs Out? /
George C. Zoley                           activated a 545-bed expansion of                                                    wAYne cAlAbrese
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lawrenceville / STOMP                          Graduation Day
Chairman of the Board,                    the 1,030-bed Northwest Detention         We continue to be optimistic about
                                                                                                                              ron mAddux
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                25   Proactive Health Promotion / A
Chief Executive Officer and Founder                                                                                           jennifer houston
                                          Center in Tacoma, Washington under        the growth opportunities in our           pAblo pAeZ                                         commUnitY involvement                               Friend in Need / A Day’s Difference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26   Plant a Tree Day / Greening the
                                          a new contract with U.S. Immigration      industry. Our diversified business                                                                                                               Community / “Bug Blitz” Poles


                                                                                                                                                                     GEO in the Community
                                                                                                                                                                                 10   Get Involved
To the GEO Family,                        and Customs Enforcement. This             unit platform, we believe provides                                                                                                     26   27   A Special Relationship /




W
                                                                                                                                                                                 11   GCCF Donates Halloween bags to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Speedy Recovery / Prisoners
                                          important project will serve as a         us with a competitive advantage as                                                                Local Schools /
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Donate Handmade Christmas Toys
                                                                                                                                                                                      A Capacity for Giving
We have ended a very important year       major regional federal detention hub      we continue to work with our public
                                                                                                                                                                                 12   Angel Tree /
in our company’s history, and we          and will strengthen our longstanding      agency partners in meeting the                                                                    Aurora Receives Business Award            Geo care, inc.
are looking forward to meeting our        partnership    with    the    federal     ongoing demand for high-quality, cost-                                       13              13   Bringing Christmas Joy / Toy Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                      in Memory of Fallen Heros                 28   GEO Care Welcomes CRCC /
challenges and capturing meaningful       government.                               efficient services in our core market                                                        14   Getting a “Head Start”                         How Stress Affects Your Memory
opportunities in 2010. During the                                                   segments. To further position our                                                                 on Christmas
                                          Internationally, our Australasian         company to take advantage of future                                                          15   NENMDF Builds a New Library               commUnitY involvement
fourth quarter of 2009, each of
                                                                                                                                                                                      for Kiser Elementary
our three business units activated        subsidiary, GEO Australia, took           growth opportunities, we completed                                                           16   Sharing                                   30   FCCC Responds to DeSoto County
important projects that validate our      over management of the 823-bed            two major refinancing transactions                                                           17   NENMDF Helps Clayton Make            31        / TCFTC’s Unsung Hero
                                                                                    in the fourth quarter of 2009, which                                                              Downtown Shine Again
diversified growth and investment         Parklea Correctional Centre in New                                                                                                                                                    31   SFETC Toys for Tots
                                                                                                                                                                                 18   Reaching Across the Globe / High          32   GEO Training / Dilbert Commic
strategy.                                 South Wales. This project activation      combined have substantially increased                                                             Desert Supports our Rising Stars
                                          has expanded our already dominant         our capital availability as we work                                                          20   And the Biggest Loser /
                                                                                                                                                                                      CTDF Goes Pink for a Cause
                                          presence in the Australian private        towards creating value for our clients,
Our mental health business unit, GEO                                                                                                                             21              21   Rivers Breast Cancer Awareness /          the corner office
Care, completed the acquisition of Just   prison market and has positioned us       employees, and shareholders.                                                                      Extreme Makeover



                                                                                                                                                                                        the Geo Group is An equAl opportunitY emploYer.
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                                                              Training Standar dizations
                                                                                and Learning Management System
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Class is now in session.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 before it’s too late. As training is completed it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 entered into the system. It then builds an individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 training record for each GEO employee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The training record is constantly compared to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 facility training plan and that comparison allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 us to create reports showing us who needs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 complete training, when the training is due, when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the training will be overdue, and what training has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 yet to be completed well before any deadlines are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Basically, wardens now have the ability to view
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 progress reports whenever they want. Previously,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we had to dig the data out from files that may or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 may not be accurate. Now running a report only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 takes a couple of minutes. The LMS already
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has over 90 pre-developed reports that are all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 customizable and we also have the ability to create
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reports from scratch if we wish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LMS User Training

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The LMS we chose is very user friendly but as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with any new software the training group needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to be trained on how to use it properly. Training on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the LMS was conducted in three phases.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1. Training administrators completed an on-line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 presentation that introduced them to the system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and basic functionality. We used the new LMS to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 launch the training.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 . Training administrators attended a Webinar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 provided by Intellum where they learned a little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 more about LMS functionality and what would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 available to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 . Corporate brought all of the training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 administrators to corporate headquarters in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Boca Raton, Florida for an intensive advanced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 training session. During the training, they had the
Mark Karsonovich helping with a training question.                                                                                                                    Co-workers trying to help each other with the new system.                                                  opportunity to create all of their planned sessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for the entire year and enter them into the LMS.
Written by Mark Karsonovich                            10 hours of new hire orientation and pre-service        training data, it was practically impossible to       We put a training evaluation plan in place so         expert play a major role by providing the facility   They also learned how to use the new lesson
How many hours of security in-service training are     and additional training for Emergency Response           produce viable progress reports because the data      we could increase the quality of instruction          specific information to the instructor guides to     plans and we reviewed the changes to the training
conducted throughout GEO yearly?                       Teams, Firearms Certifications, and non-security         was being saved in various electronic formats, or     and consistency of delivery. We created a new         ensure customer requirements are being met. By       policy.
                                                       required annual training, GEO presents well over         just as typed hard copies placed in a file cabinet.   evaluation form designed to capture the student’s     doing this, we are insuring that every student
A.   10,000 hours                                      500,000 hours of training every year.                                                                          initial reaction to the training and give them        receives the same level of training no matter        On the Horizon
B.   0,000 hours                                                                                               New Training Content and                              the opportunity to make suggestions on how to         whom their instructor is or where the training
C.   0,000 hours                                      You can imagine that tracking, documenting, and          New Lesson Plans                                      improve the experience for future students.           occurs. This process allows us to focus on helping   The LMS also offers GEO the capability of
D.   40,000 hours                                      reporting on the training we deliver at GEO is                                                                                                                       GEO instructors build stronger delivery skills and   launching courses on-line. E-learning is going
E.   None of the above                                 daunting to say the least. I was asked to help GEO       We began re-designing and updating training used      We also thought it would be a good idea to create     enhance their knowledge of the subject matter.       to be a reality for GEO very shortly. We plan to
                                                       increase consistency in training documentation,          throughout the organization. We now have 57 core      new tests based on each learning objective. We                                                             convert in-service refresher training into an on-
We have over 8,000 corrections officers and other      delivery, and reporting just a little over a year ago.   lesson plans that include a minimum of three test     developed tests designed to assist us in measuring    New Learning Management System (LMS)                 line format and make it available as an alternative
security personnel that are required to attend         Changes went into effect on January 1, 010 that         questions developed per each training objective,      how well students retain what they just learned. We                                                        to instructor delivered training. E-learning courses
a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training           will help us with this immense task.                     workbooks, and Power Point presentations. The         can use this information to make adjustments to       Once we had a plan in place for increasing           will be configured as an equivalent alternative.
annually. The correct answer is (E) None of the                                                                 new and improved lesson plans were developed to       the training that will increase quality and student   quality and consistency we needed to focus on        If a course shows up on a student’s transcript as
above. The amount is 0,000 (8,000 x 40) hours        Over the last year, the Regional Training Directors      ensure key points are always covered. We decided      retention.                                            data management. Remember the 0,000 hours          either e-learning or instructor led training, the
of training in the United States alone. The quantity   and I completed a review of the training content         that in order to maintain consistency, we would                                                             of training? To help us with this initiative, we     same credit will be provided. We also have the
of training we complete throughout GEO to ensure       being used at the facilities. We learned that every      provide lesson plans built to meet the minimum        These new processes and lesson plans move us          adopted an enterprise Learning Management            ability to purchase pre-developed commercial on-
our employees are safe and confident and able          facility had lesson plans that were inconsistent         requirements laid out by GEO policy and ACA           away from presenting training from a standard         System (LMS) to capture training data. The data      line training from Intellum, our LMS vendor. They
to meet compliance requirements is staggering.         and covered a varied range of objectives. We             Standards. Facility specific information would be     linear outline requiring the instructor to be the     we are capturing assists us with future planning     offer a number of courses. The documentation
When you combine the in-service training with          also discovered that although we were capturing          added prior to delivery of the lesson.                expert. Instead, we now have the subject matter       and it also reveals missed training opportunities                                  Continued on page 4.
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Continued from page 3.
and posting to the student’s transcript is
taken care of automatically as the student
completes the training.

Over the next year, the regional training
directors and I will be reviewing and
customizing the Learning Management
System features and functions as we
discover what works best for our needs.
We will develop a list of best practices to
ensure that we are getting the most from
the available functionality.




                                                                     GEO
We plan to launch an instructor
development program to increase
instructors’ delivery skills to ensure
                                                                                                                           fit
that GEO is providing the best possible
training in the corrections field.
                                                                                                                           strong
In Summary
                                                                                                                           proud
We’ve come a long way over the last year
and we still have even farther to go. We
gathered information to determine where                         Written by Stephen Fuller & Joseph Torraco                               a pedometer, and start walking. You’ll be       they’ll call you back; and they’ll set you up with       The Wellness Fairs will be returning in the Spring and
we are. We re-built our lesson plans                            So it’s February… how are you doing with those New                        surprised at how many steps you take           professionals. And it costs you nothing.                 early Summer, and our GEO Entrée Option: Healthy
and configured the LMS. We updated                              Year’s Resolutions? You know…when you said you                            each day – and that turns into miles                                                                    Recipe Contests will be following.
the training policy to include the new                          would lose 0 pounds? But…there were all those                            – and miles walked equals pounds lost.         On March 1st we will be starting our Tobacco
lesson plans, evaluation processes, data                        football games, chicken wings and chips. Maybe you                       Track your distances by logging on to           Cessation program, to coincide with the national “Kick   Look for the Pocket Guides that describe these
capture, and reporting. Everything we                           were planning to start going to the gym. But…you had                    www.startwalkingnow.org. The site has            Butts Day,” sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-       programs. Get involved, and you’ll feel better – and
developed and configured was put into                           to work those extra shifts, so you went home, watched                 a lot of other useful features as well. Start      Free Kids. Our objective is to give you everything you   that’s what it’s all about. Be GEOfit GEOstrong
use on January 1, 010.                                         TV and went to sleep. Maybe you said you were going                teams, challenge other shifts or departments.         need to do quit once and for all.                        GEOproud.
                                                                to quit smoking… this time for real. But one of the
The LMS is up and running and we are                            kids got sick, and the pressures of the job…well one         But wait! – There’s more! (Sounds like a late night
already seeing how the reporting features                       cigarette won’t hurt…or two…                                 infomercial, right?) GEO is rolling out programs to
will benefit us as we continue to move                                                                                       help you deal with financial stress and other stresses.
forward. We no longer need to depend                            Relax, we’ve all been there. What you need is                Why? Because when you’re under pressure, it’s hard
on guesswork or spend many hours                                support…to be part of a group working toward these           to think about losing weight and working out.
digging through reams of data to develop                        same goals. Did you know there are 1,86 of your co-
a progress report. Our new reports now                          workers who have joined the Mission SLIM-Possible            We have set-up a special arrangement with
convey more meaningful data that tells                          program? That’s almost 0% of GEO’s entire US                Consolidated Credit Counseling Services. They
what we need to do to continue to be                            workforce.                                                   are professionals who can help you deal with credit
successful.                                                                                                                  card debt. They have agreements with the credit card
                                                                There has been a lot of interest in such a program.          companies, and can reduce the amount you owe and
                                                                We even had 87 entries in the contest just to choose        cut that heavy interest rate down to size. There is a
                                                                a name for it. GEO employees have embraced this              monthly fee for this service. But they also have a lot of
                                                                with a lot of enthusiasm. It’s also proving effective.       information on mortgages, foreclosures, budgets and
                                                                Those in the group who lost weight, ended up losing          retirement planning which is free.
                                                                nearly ,000 pounds (the equivalent of 1,000 sticks
                                                                of butter) in less than a month.                             You know we have a new and improved Employee
                                                                                                                             Assistance Program. You have issues at home,
                                                                These employees have their eye on the prize and each         problems at work and maybe you just need to talk
                                                                facility has $500 to give every three months to the          to someone. Call 1-866-757-71. There’s someone
                                                                winners who lose the greatest percentage of weight           there 4/7, and in spanish too. They’ll listen; they’ll
                                                                and keep it off.                                             have counselors who specialize in your problem;

                                                                Do it for the money if that’s what it takes or for the
                                                                competition if that helps. Do it for your family too
                                                                –just do it. Join up, get weighed-in, and start your
                                                                Mission SLIM-Possible.

                                                                Before we started a company-wide program, some
                                                                facilities already had successful programs. At
                                                                Marshall County Correctional Facility, 8 employees
                                                                were in the “Let’s Get Healthy” program from
                                                                January 1 through November 6, 009. While visiting
                                                                Marshall County during their Health Fair last year we
                                                                learned that the four “biggest losers” lost 154 pounds
                                                                combined. (pictured right)

                                                                To help get the weight off, there’s the Detain the Gain:     L-R Brenda Wyatt, Margaret Craig, Juanita Smith,
                                                                START! walking program. Sign up at HR, get yourself          Annie Spight, & Steve Fuller.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         analysis we expect the compliance data will enable




                                                    COMPLIANCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         us to conduct.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Further, by tying this system and other existing data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         systems (e.g. GEO Track, SIR’s, financial, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         together, we will be able to ask and answer even



                                                      for the Next Decade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         more complex questions like, “Is there a statistical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         relationship between food service compliance scores,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         inmate on inmate assaults and outside medical trips?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With this evolutionary track in place, GEO is excellently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         positioned to leverage this data to a competitive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         advantage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         So, you may be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that sounds
                                                    Written by Paul Martin and Whitney Calabrese                                                                                                                                                                                         great for GEO, but how does all this talk of compliance
                                                    The term “compliance” is a commonly used term            If it’s not clear yet what compliance does it may be                                                                                                                        benefit me?” Consider for a moment the aspects of your
                                                    in the corrections industry. “Compliance” is almost      helpful to look at it a bit differently. Let’s say your                                                                                                                     work day that you enjoy. Do you feel safe? Do you take
                                                    synonymous with the term “quality,” but not quite        facility was a living organism. Compliance would be                                                                                                                         pride in telling others you are a member of the GEO
                                                    and a gap exists between the two. The gap can be         similar to the white blood cells. Their sole purpose                                                                                                                        family? Are you thankful you have a steady income?
                                                    understood in the focus of each term; compliance is      is to identify and attack things that are out of place                                                                                                                      Maybe you like being part of an organization which
                                                    thought of as an “after the fact” status and the term    within a system. Their aim is to keep things healthy                                                                                                                        allows for and encourages your professional growth
                                                    quality speaks of future orientation.                    and running strong.                                                                                                                                                         and development?

                                                    GEO’s approach to compliance, historically, has          This example may be helpful in capturing the role of                                                                                                                        Whatever your thoughts, compliance is an undeniable
                                                    been a two-fold approach. Each facility engages in       compliance within your facility. However, in a sense                                                                                                                        component in ensuring these attributes remain viable. A
                                                    self assessment (called the Quality Control Program      it is an oversimplification of responsibility. In our                                                                                                                       quality compliance program will ensure that not only do
                                                    or QCP). Hopefully to many readers, this is a familiar   case compliance isn’t someone else’s responsibility.                                                                                                                        we maintain a safe and enriching work environment, but
                                                    process. The same audit criteria and tools used in the   The responsibility for compliance and quality rests                                                                                                                         also that we continue to build our company’s reputation
                                                    QCP are used annually during the Regional Audit.         on each one of us and if you’re not involved in the       L-R: Dianne Kaplan, Janet Hardwick, & Randy Blanton.                                                              which will in turn ensure we procure new contracts and
                                                    We have an internal self assessment component and        QCP please consider getting involved.                                                                                                                                       continue to manage existing ones, not to mention the
                                                    an external review component in addition to any                                                                                                                                                                                      advantageous nature of having a career with a company
                                                    client review component our various client contracts     To provide the best tools to accomplish our mission,      For the first time in our company’s history, we         The new system enables us to look to the future           like GEO under your professional belt.
                                                    may require.                                             GEO acquired and implemented an electronic                have the ability to compare a comprehensive set of      and to take actions today to shape that future. As
 Appointment of                                     Under the umbrella of compliance, it is our mission
                                                                                                             database designed specifically for compliance
                                                                                                             tracking. During 009, this system was implemented
                                                                                                                                                                       key critical operational outcomes of each facility
                                                                                                                                                                       to another, regardless of who the client is or what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the volume of information increases, the greater the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               capability of the system. For example, soon we will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This year will be an excellent year for compliance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We anticipate seeing, and being able to measure,
Joseph Woodring                                     to ensure statutory (Federal and State), regulatory      throughout the company in the our US facilities. Now      state they are in, using the same audit criteria
                                                                                                                                                                       and tools. We can now score and rank facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               have the ability to answer a question like, “Is there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a statistical relationship between the facility overall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         improvement throughout our company. Where will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         compliance take you? There will always be room for
  & Retirement of David Mustain                     (e.g. OSHA), and contractual requirements are            that our compliance outcome data (both the internal
                                                    met, as well as ensuring corporate policy guidelines     QCP and Regional Audits) is has been captured in          or regions and isolate identified areas within a        compliance score and staff training program score?”       improvement and we will never be fully satisfied.
                                                    are being followed. This is why GEO employees            a computer, the expectations on compliance as a           client base, region or corporate wide. We can also      or “Is there a relationship between a facility’s          Now with this new tool we will be able to objectively
Written by John J. Bulfin                           who work in compliance are, by necessity, truly          discipline are even greater. The new system gives         manage our finite compliance resources and target       maintenance compliance score and food service             measure improvement and wisely target need areas
After nearly 10 years with the Company, Dave        corrections generalists who understand the complex       GEO the tools and ability to begin to bridge the gap      our greatest identified risks which will reduce the     compliance score?” While these questions may seem         with our compliance resources. There’s always room
Mustain, Vice President, Office of Professional     environments within our facilities.                      between compliance and quality.                           number of future compliance problems.                   arbitrary, they are used as an example of the level of    for you; what are you waiting for?
Responsibility, has retired from The GEO Group
effective November 5, 009. Dave started with
GEO (then Wackenhut Corrections) in March
000 and was responsible for starting the Office
of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Dave did
an excellent job establishing and guiding OPR
through its formative years and has greatly
contributed to the success of GEO and all of its
subsidiaries. All of us at GEO thank Dave for his
distinguished service and wish him the best of
luck in his retirement.

On November 0, 009, Mr. Joseph Woodring
officially started as the new Vice President,
OPR. Joe worked alongside Dave Mustain at the
corporate office for a few weeks before taking
the helm at OPR and is excited about his new
position with GEO. Joe comes to us from the
Federal Bureau of Prisons where he served for
6 years in many different capacities, beginning
as a correctional officer and working his way
up to warden of several different BOP facilities.
He has also been a special agent with the Office
of Internal Affairs and deputy chief of the
Security Background Investigation and Benefits
Section. Joe’s most recent position was Assistant
Program Manager on special assignment for the
Department of Justice in Baghdad, Iraq. Please                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Compliance meeting.
welcome Joe to the GEO team.
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 INVESTIGATORS RECOGNIZED                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 1st GEO Employee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Receives the Louisiana Veterans’ Honor Medal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Written by Tina Gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Governor Bobby Jindal (pictured right)
                                                                                                                           SIS Department on the facility, he replied, “Just       dangers we face in dealing with, not only prison gangs     awarded veterans across Louisiana with
                                                                                                                           knowing that we have made a little difference in        but street gangs as well. She has had the privilege        the Louisiana Veterans’ Honor Medal on
                                                                                                                           making the facility safer is reward enough.”            of learning from experienced supervisors and SIS           Tuesday, September , 009. The first
                                                                                                                                                                                   officers. “They have taught me interview techniques,       GEO employee awarded the medal here
                                                                                                                           Francisco Alvarez, (aka Grasshopper) is the primary     how to monitor and organize the information we gather,     in Louisiana was Keith King (pictured
                                                                                                                           SIS Tech for RCDC-III and has almost  years at         to watch a person’s behavioral patterns and body           right), a Liutenant from LaSalle Detention
                                                                                                                           the facility and 18 months in the SIS Department.       language when conducting an interview and so much          Facility. “We are here to do one very
                                                                                                                           “Grasshopper” is open minded, willing to learn          more.” Ashley is extremely valuable when monitoring        simple, but important thing,” said Jindal.
                                                                                                                           and willing to assist in the completion of any task     phone calls to gain intel on suspected inmates. She        “We are here to say thank you to those
                                                                                                                           at any time. The development of close working           is excited by the challenge of the department and is       brave men and women who have chosen
                                                                                                                           relationships with the FBI, OIA, OIG, USMS and          always looking to learn more. Ashley has also been         to run toward danger, not away from it,
                                                                                                                           DEA has been extremely valuable in the sharing of       utilized by the US Attorney’s Office as an interpreter,    so that we might be safe. We are here to
                                                                                                                           information. “What I find most rewarding about my       during the prosecution of the inmates involved in the      celebrate our heroes.” These brave men
                                                                                                                           job, is knowing that a person who has committed         R-III disturbance. Ashley was selected as the 009         and women are selfless warriors who
                                                                                                                           a crime within the facility (inmate or staff) will be   Employee of the Year for RCDC I/II.                        fought back evil time and time again,” said
                                                                                                                           caught and prosecuted, and that we have played a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jindal They deserve our respect, and more
                                                                                                                           part in this process.”                                  The entire SIS department attended a gang training         importantly, we owe them our thanks for
                                                                                                                                                                                   seminar in Washington, DC in October 009 hosted           standing up for us and our freedom.” Jindal
                                                                                                                           Francisco Ramirez, is the primary SIS tech for          by the Buearu of Prisons, which involved all private       was joined by Louisiana Department
                                                                                                                           RCDC-I/II and has been at the facility for almost       contracting facilities. This training has been extremely   of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary
L-R: Francisco Ramirez, Rudy Rodriguez, Agent R. Baca, Ashley Contreras, Francisco Alvarez.                                9 years, with a total of 11 years experience in         helpful in networking and sharing intelligence             Lane Carson and Major General Bennett                      Winnfield Senior High School in May 1976 and joined
                                                                                                                           corrections. Since joining the department a little      information between BOP facilities and other private       C. Landreneau, Adjutant General of the Louisiana           the Marine Corps in June of that year. He served over
Written by Dwight Sims                                    charging department is comprised of several dedicated            over a year ago, Francisco attributes his success to    facilities. Much of the information gained is shared       National Guard. Jindal signed legislation in 008 to       eleven years in the Marine Corps, performing duties
In December 009, Agent R. Baca from the Department       individuals. The SIS Department is instrumental in            being exposed to different interviewing techniques and     with the GEO Central Region Office for dissemination       create the Veterans’ Honor Medal Program in order to       as Platoon Leader, School Instructor, Drill Instructor
of Justice presented the Reeves County Detention          facility STG identification and monitoring, intelligence      an increased knowledge of threat groups. Francisco is      throughout the region and/or nation.                       recognize and honor all of Louisiana’s veterans. The       and Scout Sniper. After the Marine Corps, he worked
Center (RCDC) Special Investigative Services (SIS)        gathering and investigations.                                 an extremely dedicated investigator who is motivated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              program is managed by the Louisiana Department of          briefly at the Metropolitan Correction Center in San
Department with certificates of appreciation for a job                                                                  to disrupt and dismantle the flow of contraband and        The collective effort of the SIS department and their      Veterans Affairs. The Veterans’ Honor Medal is gold-       Diego until he relocated back to Winnfield in 1989. In
well done. Due to the integrity of the department,        Rudy Rodriguez, SIS supervisor oversees both SIS              hold the violators accountable. SIS Ramirez is thrilled    relationships with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies        plated and comes with a blue ribbon. One side shows        1990, he joined Corrections Corporation of America in
evidence gathered and investigations submitted to         operations for RCDC I/II and III. Rudy joined the             with the success the department has had in gathering       and US attorneys have resulted in the conviction and       the state of Louisiana with “United States” embossed       Winn Parish until 1996 when he relocated to open the
Federal Law Enforcement Authorities, several former       RCDC team after working as an investigator for the            credible intel to sustain investigations and seek          indictment of 10 former employees in 009. The             above and “Armed Forces” below. The other side bears       Delta Corrections Facility in Greenwood, MS as Chief
staff have been indicted and convicted on federal         Texas Youth Commission for 7 years. Rudy has been             prosecution of unethical staff.                            RCDC SIS motto can be seen on the wall of their            the words, “Louisiana appreciates your service to our      of Security. In 1998, he again relocated to Woodville,
bribery counts.                                           an asset to the facilities since his arrival 14 months ago.                                                              office, “The wheels of justice are constantly turning.”    country.” While awarding the medals, Jindal told           MS as the Chief of Security for the Wilkinson County
                                                          Rudy has an excellent rapport with staff and inmates          Ashley Contreras, SIS clerk, has been at the facility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stories of some of the medal recipients to highlight the   Corrections Facility. After leaving Corrections
As with many institutions across the nation, RCDC         and has been able to establish an effective system            for almost two years. Since her assignment in the SIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              heroic acts of Louisiana’s veterans.                       Corporation of America, he took a couple of years
continues the battle against contraband cell phones and   of intelligence gathering to include: confidential            department her knowledge of gangs, their activities,

                                                                                                                                                                                                 e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         away from the work force to further his education by


                                                                                                                                                                                       rencevill
other types of contraband. The SIS Department plays       informants, STG identification, phone monitoring              and the drug wars in Mexico have been greatly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lt. Keith King has been with GEO/LaSalle Detention         attending Northwestern State University and received

                                                                                                                                                                                   Law
a leading role in this war on contraband and this hard    and interviews. When asked about the impact of the            expanded. Ashley is more aware of the problems and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Facility since January 8, 008. He graduated from         his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.


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                                                                                                                                                                                   Government toured Lawrenceville Correctional               The rhythmic STOMPING of the boots echoed loudly           camaraderie and TEAM esprit de corps,” 17
                                                                                                                                                                                   Center to see the operation of the facility in order       in the new day’s dawn as training began earlier for        adventurous hard-core officers answered the call.
                                                                                                                                                                                   to gain knowledge on how to operate their facilities       the Disturbance Control Teams (DCT). Pursuant to           Under the challenging direction of Taskmaster Justin
                                                                                                               We’re here to help, give us a call.                                 more efficiently. This inquiry and requested tour
  Committed to excellence-From Left-Roy Rameshwar-Support Service Specialist, Danny                                                                                                                                                           Broward’s new five year multi-million dollar ICE           Anderson, this group encountered, adapted to and
                                                                                                      Corporate-4357(help)          UK- 0800-404-9650                              was in part due to three consecutive 100% ratings          contract, development, training and maintenance            overcame the 90+ degree South Florida heat and
  Guzman- Support Service Specialist, MaryJane Cooper-Manager, Information Services,                                                                                               on ACA Accreditation. Accompanying the Nigerian
  Denham Gallimore, Lead, Support Services Specialist and Paul Shavinski- iSeries                      USA-877-727-5436              AU-1800-136-884                               Government Officials was Dr. Abel Ekpunobi of              of DCT became an operational priority. In response         intricate drill maneuvers to become recognized as
  Operator/Support Services Specialist                                                                  877-7-ASKGEO                 SA–0800-980-042                                                                                          to an announcement offering “hours of hard work,           Broward’s FIRST Certified DCT members.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Measurematics.
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                            INVOLVED                                                                                                                                                GCCF Donates


                        GET
                                                                                                                                                                                    Halloween Bags to Local Schools



                                                                                                                             On Thursday, December 17, 2009, members of the
                                                                                                                             Lawrenceville Correctional Center’s Programs
                                                                                                                             Committee visited Lake County Area Agency on
                                                                                                                             Aging in South Hill, VA to deliver non-perishables
                                                                                                                             can goods. All the non-perishables were donated by
                                                                                                                             staff members at LVCC. The Programs Committee
                                                                                                                             sponsors a food drive every year to help out during
                                                                                                                             the holiday season.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Training Director Cedric Gauna and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fire Safety Julian Velasquez handing out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Halloween bags to local school kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Written by Berna Velasquez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On October 0, 009 several staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      members from Guadalupe County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Correctional Facility (GCCF) delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Halloween bags to local schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      throughout Guadalupe County. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      included Santa Rosa Elementary, Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Start, Pre-Kindergarten and Anton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chico schools. The Halloween bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      consisted of pencils, pencil toppers,
                                                                                                                             The 2009 Rivers Community Angel Christmas                                                                                stickers, glow sticks, vampire teeth and
                                                                                                                             Tree was a success due to the combined effort of                                                                         either an apple or an orange. GCCF
                                                                                                                             Chaplain Blevins, Amy Gillus, Stargel Rowe, and                                                                          staff put together and delivered more
                                                                                                                             approximately 72 RCI staff members that brought                                                                          than 400 bags.
                                                                                                                             children gifts. Representatives of 11 local churches
                                                                                                                             received the gifts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thank you cards from the 4th and 5th graders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               at Santa Rosa Elementary.


                                   Written by Gwendolyn Perry                                                                                                                                                                  Check Presentation               Christmas Wrap by Offenders
                                   This December, Ana Garcia (Case Manager at Val Verde Correctional Facility)
                                                                                                                                                                                     A Capacity for
                                                                                                                                                                                    GIVING
                                   got involved with getting everyone here at our GEO facility and the surrounding
                                   community including the Del Rio Police Department to purchase and donate new
                                   jackets to a list of children provided by the Cardwell Elementary School.

                                   Her mission was one that was completed thanks to several staff members: Ana Garcia,
                                   Fernando Castillon, Gwendolyn Perry, Jennifer Garcia, Tamara Rattay, Nora Martinez,
                                   Leticia Morales, Ponce Padron, Alejandra Vasquez, Norma Rivera and Larry Kaler,                                                                  Written by Mike Smith                                 December 8th 45 staff from NCCF traveled to local
                                   (Pictured above left corner) the Del Rio Police Department, and the support and                                                                  Proceeds from the Fall Package Program for            stores and spent the day purchasing needed clothing
                                   blessing of our wardens: Warden Campbell & Deputy Warden Scott.                                                                                  offenders at the New Castle Correctional Facility     and toys for each child from a list provided by the
                                                                                                                                                                                    and food sales by staff raised $10,000 that was       Westminster Community Center. On December 9th
                                   It is both a pleasure and comfort knowing that we work for a company that helps a                                                                donated to a local charity. It is notable that this   NCCF offenders wrapped each present individually
                                   good cause without any hesitation and with positive encouragement.                                                                               year’s proceeds almost doubled last year’s donation   and place them in a box marked for each child. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    of $6,000.                                            following week each of 9 children who otherwise
                                                                                                                             Members of the Lawrenceville Correctional Center’s                                                           would not have any presents this season were given
                                   The look on the children’s faces when the gifts were handed to them December nd was      Employee/Programs committee visited the “ENVOY”
                                   priceless! This winter 4 children will be headed to school, playing at the playground,   Retirement Center in Lawrenceville, Virginia on        On Thursday, November 19th NCCF staff &               a $100 worth of clothing and toys for the Holidays.
                                   warmer than before, because of the generosity of all that participated.                   December 10, 2009 to donate corsages to the female     offenders presented the Westminster Community
                                                                                                                             residents. The committee members wanted to show        Center with a $10,000 check which was used to buy     It never ceases to amaze me that offenders although
                                                                                                                             the residents that they were remembered during the     clothing & toys for 9 underprivileged children in    incarcerated feel the need to give and support the
                                                                                                                             holiday season.                                        the New Castle area for the 009 Holiday Season. On   local community with such generosity.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     i         ng
                                                                                                                                                                                               Bring
     Angel
         Tree                                                                                                                                                                                          Christmas Joy




                                                                                                           LaSalle Detention Facility held a Thanksgiving food
                                                                                                           drive to help local families.
                                                                                                           Written by Tina Gold
                                                                                                           The 009 Angel Tree Christmas Drive at LaSalle
                                                                                                                                                                     L-R Back Row: Warden D.C. Cole, Cheryl Shamsher, Edna Gonzalez, Diana Salazar, Amy Williams and Zubian Shamsher. Front Row: Gladys Garcia and Regina Cole.
                                                                                                           Detention Facility was a huge success again this
                                                                                                           year. This is the rd year the employees have helped      Written by Amy Williams
                                                                                                           local children have a brighter Christmas. A total of 85   The Maverick County Detention Center (MCDC)              December, the staff of MCDC donated small items            spirit with Christmas caroling during the residents’
                                                                                                           children received gifts from the facility. This exceeds   located in Eagle Pass, Texas under the direction of      such as socks, toiletries, perfumes, aftershaves,          activities hour. The joy and excitement it brought truly
                                                                                                           the number of 58 children in 008. LaSalle Detention      Warden D.C. Cole and Deputy Warden Raul Treviño          and candy canes so that each of the 60 residents of        warmed the hearts of MCDC staff and reminded us of
                                                                                                           Facility even had one of Santa’s elves make a special     Jr., elected to spread the Christmas joy to elderly      Canterbury Creek could receive a Christmas gift bag.       what Christmas is really about…being a family.
                                                                                                           appearance on Dec. nd to help distribute the gifts.     residents of the Maverick Nursing & Rehabilitation       On December rd staff members joined together
                                                                                                           This was a nice surprise for the parents and children     Center, in Canterbury Creek. For the entire month of     to present the gifts and truly bring in the Christmas
                                                                                                           who came to the facility to pick up the presents.




                                                                                                                                                                     ToyDrive
                                                                                                           A special ‘thank you’ goes to those who helped make
                                                                                                           this Christmas memorable for a child in the area.
                                                                                                           None of this would have been possible without the
                                                                                                           generosity and unselfish giving of everyone at the
                                                                                                           facility. The employees at LaSalle Detention Facility
                                                                                                           wishes everyone a Happy New Year and look forward
                                                                                                           to making the Angel Tree Christmas Drive in 010
                                                                                                                                                                     in Memory of the Fallen Heroes
                                                                                                           bigger and better.
                                                                                                                                                                     Written by Shihpei Stevenson

                                                  Aurora Receives Business Award
                                                                                                                                                                     On November 9, 009 four Lakewood, Washington
                                                                                                                                                                     Police Officers (Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald
                                                                                                                                                                     Owens, Officer Tina Griswold, and Officer Greg
                                                  On December 8, 009 The GEO Group, Inc.                  the local battered women’s shelter; blankets and
                                                                                                                                                                     Richards) gathered at a local coffee shop preparing
                                                  (Aurora ICE Processing Center) received the City         stuffed animals made by the detainee population
                                                                                                                                                                     for their shift when their lives were unexpectedly and
                                                  of Aurora’s Annual Business Recognition Award for        were donated to the local Children’s Hospital; a
                                                                                                                                                                     tragically taken.
                                                  contributions to economic vitality.                      silent auction of gift baskets for the local chapter
                                                                                                           of Association for Retarded Citizens; generous
                                                                                                                                                                     When news of this reached Officer Colleen Robertson,
                                                  Of the 1,000 businesses within the city, the facility   donations to the local AVID program. The facility
                                                                                                                                                                     she decided to contact the Lakewood Police Officer’s
                                                  was chosen based on several criteria which included      also played a key role in saving a local swimming
                                                                                                                                                                     Guild to find out if there was anything that Northwest
                                                  longevity, community involvement and the ability         pool.
                                                                                                                                                                     Detention Center (NWDC) could do for these families.     With the Warden’s blessing, Officer Robertson              December , 009, Officers Robertson and Mitchell
                                                  to invest in the dynamic growth of the City of
                                                                                                                                                                     Lakewood is only 1 miles away from NWDC and             distributed informative flyers that detailed the age and   presented the toys to the Lakewood Police Officer’s
                                                  Aurora. Although recognition for our investment          As we look forward to a new year and the challenges
                                                                                                                                                                     we have had a great working relationship with the        gender of the children and placed a nicely decorated       Guild on behalf of the NWDC. This toy drive was
                        Written by Kevin Martin




                                                  in the community is not needed, it is important for      we will face, we need to remember our role not
                                                                                                                                                                     Lakewood Police over the last several years. Robertson   collection bin in the Employee Break Room (pictured        our token of appreciation to the law enforcement
                                                  staff to realize the positive impact they have in the    only as a company within the community but as
                                                                                                                                                                     was informed that since it was close to Christmas, we    above). She also recruited Officer John Mitchell to        professionals in our area. We are grateful that they
                                                  community on a daily basis, as this award was based      individuals within the community. As honored as
                                                                                                                                                                     could organize a toy drive for the children of these     assist her with the toys received from staff members.      place their lives on the line for our safety day in and
                                                  on nominations from the community.                       we are to receive such a distinguished award, we
                                                                                                                                                                     Officers. Officer Robertson took that challenge and                                                                 day out. It also reminded us of our duty as corrections/
                                                                                                           have challenged ourselves to not only continue to
                                                                                                                                                                     began a toy drive campaign immediately.                  Staff responded to the toy drive with enthusiasm           detention professionals to maintain a sound and secure
                                                  Recent community involvement included can                support of our vibrant community but to increase our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and brought a number of donations to the table. On         facility for those around us in the community.
                                                  food drives with all donations being provided to         involvement and earn the award.
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       Getting a
    “Head Start”on Christmas                                                                                                                                                           NENMDF Builds a
                                                                                                                                                                                      New Library
                                                                                                                                                                                      for Kiser Elementary




                                                                                                                                                                                 THANK-YOU BANNER. Jim Mize (left) and Alex Montoya (right) received a banner signed by students
                                                                                                                                                                                 of Kiser Elementary School, thanking the Maintenance Department and inmate crew for the new library
                                                                                                                                                                                 furniture and shelves. Helping hold the banner are Kiser faculty members Colleen Gutierrez, Barbara
                                                                                                                                                                                 Smith, Ross Perschbacher, Becky Claycomb, and Christina Hidalgo.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Written by Linda Quintana                                   crew under the supervision of Mize and his assistants,
                                                                                                                                                                                 In 1979, when Stacy Diller was a student at Clayton’s       Alex Montoya, Gary Matthews, and Jerome Velarde,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kiser Elementary School, the school’s library               and they didn’t stop at shelves. The crew also built a
                                                                                                                                                                                 could best be described as makeshift. The narrow            desk, a media center, and cabinets, everything a library
                                                                                                                                                                                 bookshelves had been pieced together with boards            needs except for the books. When their part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                  from another, older building, and what furniture there     job was done, the school’s maintenance department
                                                                                                                                                                                  was had also been recycled. The room was cramped,          installed and finished it all just in time for the start of
                                                                                                                                                                                   out of date even then, and not very inviting.             the new school year.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Twenty-some years later when Mrs. Diller returned          The library, Mrs. Diller says, is just as she envisioned
                                                                                                                                                                                   to Kiser, first as a teacher and then as principal, the   it: organized, warm and very inviting. “The kids and
                                                                                                                                                                                   world had changed but the library had not. Like           the staff are so proud of it,” she said. And so are the
                                                                                                                                                                                   most schools in small, rural New Mexico towns,            employees and staff of NENMDF.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Kiser had fallen victim to decreasing enrollment and
                                                                                                                                                                                 budget cuts. A new library was way down on the list.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Then Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility came
                                                                                                                                                                                      to town, bringing with it an influx of new students
                                                                                                                                                                                            and a determination to make a difference in
                                                                                                                                                                                           the community. After hearing about some
                                                                                                                                    A.W. Dannie Harris distributes gifts.                  of the facility’s local service projects, Mrs.
Written by Dan Meyer                                                                                                                                                                      Diller approached NENMDF Maintenance
The challenge was relatively simple but vitally           Each year during the Christmas season, the Golden         This year the tradition was carried on through the                   Manager Jim Mize with a request: Could he
important to those children whose little lives were       State and Central Valley Correctional Facilities          efforts of several staff members. The most notable                   help her construct a new library for Kiser?
touched by the gift exchange between the Golden           provide preschool aged children with gifts to show        member present was Assistant Warden of Security
State and Central Valley MCCF facilities and the          appreciation by giving back to the local community. A     Dannie Harris, who played the role of Santa Claus                   “I wanted to build a library that was enticing
McFarland Browning School Head Start preschool            request from the Browning School Head Start program       – minus the suit. The children didn’t seem to mind as              to the students,” she said. The most urgent need
program.                                                  seemed to be the perfect match for the gifts. Since the   they gravitated towards him while he sat in a chair with           was for more shelf space, but with all the new
                                                          Kern County Head Start programs are an essential          a smile that resembled Ol’ Saint Nick as he handed                students, Mrs. Diller also needed to gain that
On December 17, 009 Golden State and Central             part of child development in the local area, they         gifts to the children. Santa’s helpers included Deputy           space in a smaller room while converting the old
Valley staff from various departments huddled into        provide preschool children of low-income families         Warden Anna Vlahos, Training Lieutenants’ Gloria                 library into a classroom. Mize showed up with a
vehicles and made the trek to the Browning School         with a comprehensive program that addresses the           Esparza and Melissa Mullen-Estrada, Executive                   tape measure and the game was on.
located in McFarland, California. They carried with       children’s needs in all areas of development including:   Secretary Sarah Sabala, Assistant Warden of Programs
them a precious cargo destined to be distributed to the   educational, emotional, social, health, nutritional,      Dan Meyer, and Disruptive Group Lieutenant Joe                  Over the course of last summer, the school purchased
preschool children from the McFarland area located        physical, and mental health.                              Rodriguez.                                                     the oak wood and the maintenance department went          Jim Mize and Alex Montoya survey the new Kiser
in Kern County.                                                                                                                                                                   to work. The building was done by the inmate work          Elementary Library shelves and furniture.
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SHARING                                                                                                                                                                                      NENMDF Helps Clayton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Make Downtown Shine Again




                                                                                                                                                                                          LUNA THEATRE MARQUEE. Clayton residents eagerly awaited the unveiling of the Luna
                                                                                                                                                                                          Theatre marquee following the Christmas Light Parade December 10th. NENMDF is proud to
                                                                                                                                                                                          have contributed to the project.


                                                                                                                                                                                          Written by Linda Quintana
                                                                                                                                                                                          Back in the day, the Luna Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                                          was the focal point of downtown
                                                                                                                                                                                          Clayton, the winking neon moon
                                                                                                                                                                                          on its marquee beckoning movie-
                                                                                                                                                                                          goers to the latest offerings from
                                                                                                                                                                                          Hollywood. Then the lights
                                                                                                                                                                                          went out in 1994, and although
                                                                          Snow and Smokey getting a thank you from a passenger and her daughter (pushing the chair).                      the marquee was still used to
                                                                                                                                                                                          announce the movie that was
Written by Katherine Brodie-Drown (LCCF)                    people, young and old alike, to horses and mules and         approach and pet their faces and even touch their long           showing, it did so in darkness.
My husband and I take every opportunity to share our        watch the amazement and enjoyment in a child’s face          fuzzy ears!
joy of animals with those unable to experience this         when the animals respond by lowering their heads                                                                              On December 10, 009, thanks to
bond. We have a lot of horses and mules so we started       to allow a pet on that soft nose or ear. Lea County          The residents seemed to enjoy the rides even though              Clayton Main Street and the local     OATH OF OFFICE. NENMDF/New Mexico Training Academy
out giving wagon rides and horseback/mule rides for         Correctional Facility is very helpful with this event        the weather did not cooperate and it was cold and                business community—including          Class #268 graduated November 19th at the historic Luna
A.I.M. (Actively Involved Males), which is an offshoot      and donates a large portion of the food, a BBQ pit and       windy. There were tons of smiles and even some tears             Northeast New Mexico Detention        Theatre in downtown Clayton.
of Head Start. The first year that we participated in the   even the cook for the hamburgers and hotdogs that are        from staff and the adult children of the residents that          Facility—the Luna marquee lit up
end of year celebration we hosted the event and had         served for lunch.                                            were there to visit. The children of the residents were          again after a months-long repair
about 70 people at our home. The next year the event                                                                     encouraged to ride in the cart or wagon with their               project. The refurbished marquee
was much larger and was held at a local park, there         We have a team of small mules, Snow and Smokey               parent and many of them did. One woman was so                    was unveiled following Clayton’s
were about 400 people. Then last year, it was again         that pull a miniature covered wagon, and a large mule,       happy to ride in the cart that she encouraged Freckels           annual Christmas Light Parade.
held at the park and boasted almost 700 people. All of      Freckels, that pulls a cart that was designed and built      to “Giddy-up” and took two turns on the cart! I had a
our animals got a workout as we gave rides constantly       by my husband to carry a wheelchair. We also have            passenger in the wagon who insisted that we trot or it           The Luna Theatre first opened
from 11a.m. to p.m. It is so gratifying to introduce       numerous horses and mules that are provided for              would take too long to get to town and back!                     its doors in 1916, and the neon
                                                            riders.                                                                                                                       marquee went up in 195. When
                                                                                                                         The healthcare staff, who were excited, positive                 the theatre received its historical
   Freckels.                                                We were invited to a convalescent home in nearby             and very helpful, stated that the residents would be             designation from the State of
                                                            Seminole, TX and were able to give rides to many             talking about this for months. We have been invited to           New Mexico and the National
                                                            of the “youngsters” living in the home. Many of the          become regulars and have plans to build a miniature              Register of Historic Places in
                                                            residents are elderly; one lady was 101 years old,           stagecoach that will be more easily accessible for the           007, the marquee was included
                                                            and the wagon and cart rides sparked many tales of           residents and still provide a good view of surroundings          since “it was considered part
                                                            their youth. This was such an experience for us as           and encourage conversation during the ride. We hope              of the fabric of Clayton,” says
                                                            our usual guests are children and their parents. Our         to do this several times during the spring and summer            Nancy Leighton, former owner of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FLOAT. NENMDF’s float placed third in the Clayton Christmas
                                                            mules, Snow, Smokey and Freckels, were on their best         when the weather is friendlier.                                  the Luna. She sold the theatre to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Light Parade December 10th.
                                                            behavior and seemed to realize that they had precious                                                                         Clayton Main Street last year but
                                                            cargo. Freckels consistently looked behind to make           This was such a great experience for my husband                  still books the weekly films.
                                                            sure that everybody was ready before moving forward          and me. We are looking forward to repeating it and
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Main Street organization acquired the theatre    “We were very excited to hold our graduation at
                                                            and Snow and Smokey, who tend to be impatient and            are hoping to expand our little play days to the local
                                                                                                                                                                                          as part of its downtown revitalization program       the Luna Theatre,” said Warden Tim Hatch. “It
                                                            don’t like to stand still, had the patience of saints. The   Senior Center and the Good Samaritan home.
                                                                                                                                                                                          and hopes to schedule a variety of public events     made us feel closer to the community, and having
                                                            little mules did not hesitate to let people in wheelchairs
                                                                                                                                                                                          there in addition to the weekend movies. The first   the ceremony downtown gave a lot of people a
                                                                                                                                                                                          event was a bluegrass concert and the second was     chance to see how impressive our graduations
                                                            Pictures Legend: Right side, top-bottom: The fellow in the tan jacket is the son of the fellow in the                         the graduation ceremony for NENMDF’s sixth           are. We got a lot of positive feedback.”
                                                            wheelchair. Mike invited him to ride with his father; Freckels laoding up a cart full of kids; The little
                                                            mules, Snow and Smokey. The woman if the blue sweater is 101 years old; Smokey getting a hug; Snow                            training academy on November 19th.
                                                            letting this little girl feel her long ears.
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                                         Reaching Acro ss the Globe



Deputy Warden Nathan Allen with a group of Indonesians




    High Desert Supports our Rising Stars
Written by Warden Wanda Wilson
In the depths of the High Desert,
                                                                                                                                                                 Deputy Warden Nathan Allen with other members of his team on their way to a remote village in Indonesia.
surrounded by mountains and open land at
an altitude of ,870 feet lies the awesome
and energetic team spirit and talent of our                                                                                                                     Written by Nicole Allen                                   with Mrs. Cacho and Mrs. Mendoza came up with a          Timor. Team members braved traveling to various
youth. Upon the arrival of Warden Wanda                                                                                                                         It does not take much to make an impact in the lives of   simple but effective plan. They began walking around     locations in small fishing boats over open waters and
Wilson to the High Desert, it was clearly                                                                                                                       people around the world. For most people, the desire      with a jar, asking staff to donate whatever they felt    even in the back of a dump truck. Three villages were
spoken that the focus of our mission in the                                                                                                                     to help and make a difference in the lives of others      comfortable giving with absolutely no pressure. These    visited and much needed care was provided. The elders
community is to enhance and strengthen                                                                                                                          is fueled by wanting to bring an end to suffering or      women know that a little could go a long way. Even       of one of these villages stated that the mission team
area residents through involvement and                                                                                                                          an immediate need. Whatever the reasoning, once           though it did not seem like much, the exchange rate      was the first westerners that ever visited their area. In
support. Desert View MCCF continues to                                                                                                                          we have set within our hearts the desire to do good,      from dollars to pesos would greatly increase whatever    another area, the villagers turned out with lanterns and
invest resources and services in the area                                                                                                                       opportunities usually present themselves in amazing       was given. After several days, the trio collected        flashlights to escort the mission team after they arrived
youth. As has always been profoundly                                                                                                                            ways. Many times, disasters can be the catalyst that      over $50 which when converted equaled about             which was well after dark. The second week of the trip
spoken, “The children are our future.”                                                                                                                          brings us closer together. Though destructive in          $16,000 pesos. This sum was donated to ABS CBN,          was back on the island of Bali. Again, the team went
Our guidance, parenting, leadership and                                                                                                                         nature, it is amazing what acts of kindness and hope      a prominent and very popular TV Network known            out to three villages and two orphanages to provide
coaching will mold and modify their                                                                                                                             can sometimes follow their aftermath. The following       for their humanitarian work during times of crisis.      free medical and dental treatment. Many people were
opinion, visions and direction of the path                                                                                                                      excerpts are the accounts of a couple of staff members    With hundreds of thousands affected by the typhoon       able to receive the medical and dental care they so
they take in making life choices.                                                                                                                               at the Western Region Detention Facility, San Diego.      and for the hundreds that lost their life, hopefully     desperately needed.
                                                                                                                                                                Though the situations are different, these individuals    this donation from WRDF staff can go a long way in
Desert View MCCF is proud to sponsor                                                                                                                            were able to impact the lives of people several           helping to mend lives.
and introduce the “U10 Girls Outlaws”                                                                                                                           thousands of miles away.
(Victorville Youth Soccer League)                                                                                                                                                                                         Indonesia: Traveling outside the United States
coached by GEO Correctional Officer                                                                                                                             Philippines: No one could have predicted the              can be a real eye opener. As Deputy Warden Allen
Joshua Johnson. For the past fifteen                                                                                                                            devastation that Typhoon Ondoy would have unleashed       discovered, there are many people outside of America
years, the Victorville Youth Soccer                                                                                                                             in September 009. Typhoon Ondoy will be marked           who can’t even get the most basic forms of care. When
League has offered excellence in youth                                                                                                                          as one of the worse disasters in Philippine history. In   an opportunity to go help those far less fortunate and
soccer for children 4 ½ to 17 years of                                                                                                                          its aftermath, several hundred people lost their lives    with much greater need than us came, the Deputy
age living in the High Desert. During                                                                                                                           along with hundreds of thousands of people being          Warden volunteered. His church was assembling
the 009-010 season, the U10 Girls                                                                                                                             displaced. Many of the Filipino staff members at the      a mission’s team to go to the islands of Indonesia
Outlaws took first place and went                                                                                                                               Western Region Detention Facility were personally         for two weeks to provide medical and dental care,
undefeated in a 1-game season. After                                                                                                                           affected by this typhoon as many still have loved ones    spiritual support, and other necessities. After a 0+
deciding to test their skills against other                                                                                                                     living on the islands. As they tried unsuccessfully       hour flight, the members of the team landed on Bali
teams, the Outlaws participated in the                                                                                                                          to contact those that still remained there, there was     and were greeted with 90 degree heat and close to
                                                     played and advanced to the Commissioners Cup held     Empire. Six of the ten players were drafted to the
Turkey Tournament held in Apple Valley, California   in Temecula, California in December 009 where        U10 Girls All Star team that went to tournament in   a sense of despair and hopelessness. This was when        100% humidity. The first week of the journey began       L-R:Sevilla Cacho, Mayumi Mendoza and Lanny
in November 009. They won two of the three games    they played other First Place teams from the Inland   Yucaipa, California in January 010.                 Miss Lanny Corbett, the Inmate Accounts Clerk, along      the next morning with a short flight to the island of    Corbett collected the funds to send to the Philippines.
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      CTDF Goes PINK
       And the
BIGGEST
LOSER   for a Cause
Written by Jennifer Warren
When GEO announced the 010 Health and
Wellness Program “Mission Slim-Possible”
Guadalupe County Correctional Facility (GCCF)
decided to get a running start on slimming down.
In October GCCF held its own “The Biggest
Loser” contest. The contest was started by Virgilio
Estupinan, Ben Rael and Tomas Archuleta. The
contest was from November  to December 18,
009. The winner was announced that evening at
the annual Christmas party.

With an entry fee of $50.00 and a final prize of
$700.00 to motivate them, several co-workers
united to get healthier and lose weight. There
were many positives that came out of the contest.
Co-workers really united and supported each
                                                      On October 30th, 2009 instead of dressing up for Halloween the staff at CTDF went pink.
other not in just losing weight but in day to
day life. They supported each other by eating
healthier lunches together, ate less junk food,                                                                                                            Rivers Correctional Institution called all women together to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an insightful and informative Lunch & Learn with
exercised, and weighed in each week. Results                                                                                                               Harriett Byrum (cancer survivor), Jeanne Keel, Amy Gillus, Pamela Jackson and Marta Miner kicked off a 2 mile walk with the Rivers staff.
                                                                                   Written by Raquel
were achieved in appearances, overall well being,                                  Gamez
work performances, and attendance. To further                                      In the past year, several
motivate, compliments were freely and sincerely
given.
                                                                                   of our staff members
                                                                                   have been diagnosed
                                                                                   with breast cancer,                                                     Extreme
                                                                                                                                                             Makeover
Here are the results: Tudy Jim, 8 pounds; Sonia                                    or someone in their
Mireles, 10 pounds; Frances Gerhardt, 16 pounds;                                   family has been the
Rebecca Chavez, 5 pounds; Tessa Salas, 5                                         victim of breast cancer.
pounds; Daniel Burguete,  pounds; and our                                        In support of the staff,
Biggest Loser Virgilio Estupinan, 48 pounds!!                                      and other victims
GCCF Slimmed down a total of 7 pounds in                                         of     breast     cancer,                                               Written by Mike Smith
just 7 weeks!! Great job everyone!                                                 the Central Texas                                                       This is the story of the Cowan-Brown family, a family     her friend while being restricted to the upstairs of
                                                                                   Detention        Facility                                               of six who resides in Kokomo, Indiana. On Wednesday       her family’s deteriorating home. ABC’s “Extreme
                                                                                   (CTDF) staff took                                                       morning October 1, 009 “Extreme Makeover” star          Makeover Home Edition” building Kori and her
                                                                                  advantage of October as                                                  Ty Pennington surprised the Cowan-Brown family by         family’s new home, will allow not only Kori to
                                                         Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition                                                     telling them that ABC was going to build them a new       fight her own disease, but continue to raise money
Virgilio Estupinan, Winner of the Biggest Loser.         of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the ladies in                                                    home.                                                     to fight cancer as well.                                  Aaron & Lisa Williams
                                                         the facility all wore pink t-shirts and the male
                                                         staff members all wore pink ribbon lapel pins.                                                    ABC selected the family because 1 year-old daughter      New Castle Correctional Facility’s own Lisa               the benefit auction as Aaron auctioned off ribbons and
                                                                                                                                                           Kori has a congenital blood disease affecting her         Williams, Re-Entry Specialist, and her husband Aaron      pillows made by Kori and volunteer children. With the
                                                         Breast Cancer is on the rise all over the world and                                               immune system. Kori has developed polyps in her           Williams, own Aaron’s Auction Team. Both Lisa and         help of celebrities David Cook (American Idol) and
                                                         no one knows why. We want to make all our staff                                                   nasal cavity and behind her eyes. Kori has endured 17     her husband were a part of the Extreme Makeover           Xzibit (Pimp My Ride), over $1,000 was raised for
                                                         aware and encourage self breast examination                                                       operations as a result of these painful growths, which    team. In addition to helping with the building of         the family and $5,000 raised for the American Cancer
                                                         which will help find, if not all, at least some of                                                must be surgically removed. Doctors felt the polyps       a new home, Lisa and her husband held a benefit           Society.
                                                         the lumps or tumors. We also want to encourage                                                    were the result of environmental issues facing the        auction for the family to assist in raising money to
                                                         our men folk to be aware that breast cancer is                                                    family’s home, including an extreme mold infestation.     help Kori’s fight against cancer and offset some of       For Lisa, her husband Aaron and their children , Beau
                                                         not only a woman thing; breast cancer in men                                                      One of Kori’s brothers Andy has also fallen ill and       the family’s medical expenses. Lisa said she and her      (15) and Heidi (11) to see what they had been a part
                                                         is also on the rise. Routine mammograms can                                                       has gone to live with his biological father-tearing the   husband jumped at the chance to be involved with this     of and experience a community coming together has
                                                         be lifesavers. Of course GEO health coverage                                                      close-knit family apart.                                  incredible opportunity. “When Aaron and I agreed to       made their family appreciate each other more and be
                                                         encourages our employees to get their yearly                                                                                                                help this amazing family, we had no idea what a gift it   thankful for their health, what they have and can give.
                                                         mammogram. Prevention is the best way to fight                                                    Despite the daily struggles Kori faced, she did not       would be for our own family.”                             Lisa says, “this was a perfect example where giving IS
                                                         this terrible disease.                                                                            let her disease slow her down. During one of Kori’s                                                                 receiving. We went into this to help the Cowan-Brown
                                                                                                                                                           frequent trips to Riley Hospital for Children, Kori was   Lisa, her husband, and children were involved from        family and walked away with so much more!”
                                                                                                                                                           inspired by a little girl with whom she shared a room     day one starting with the Braveheart March. This
                                                                                                                                                           who had cancer. To this day, this little girl remains     was when all the volunteers were seen walking down
                                                                                    Male employees who wore                                                one of Kori’s best friends. Kori has raised more than     the street in the blue “Extreme Makeover” shirts and
                                                                                            the pink ribbon.                                               $5,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of       white hard hats. Their participation continued with
                                                                                              (pictured right)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Aussie Outback
Programs Department Excell                                                                                                                                                                                                          Incarceration
    At Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre



                                                                                                                                                                     L-R: AD Programs, Ishmael Khodobo, the MEC for
                                                                                                                                                                     Art, Sport and Culture, Mrs. Joyce Mashamba and
                                                                                                                                                                     the Prison Director Mr. Watson Tshivhase



                                                                                                                                                                       2010 FIFA
                                                                                                                                                                       Legacy Media Launch                                         Written by Maria Buckley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Feel like travelling around outback Australia in a l984   It was handed over to a team of four inmates for panel
                                                                                                                                                                     Written by Sandra Harding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   station wagon with three workmates.                       beating, spray painting, outfitting and the installation
                                                                                                                                                                     The Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre was the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of a reconditioned engine.
                                                                                                                                                                     sole benefactor of the provincial Department of Sport,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sounds fun?
                                                                                                                                                                     Arts and Culture’s 010 Federation International of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It is even better when you are with 46 other four-        The team of Michael Rumble, Brett Hunt, John Philpot
                                                                                                                                                                     Football Association (FIFA) Legacy Launch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   wheeled “dinosaurs” and their outlandish crews.           and Bruno Malacco, selected by ballot from more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             0 GEO volunteers, then took over.
                                                                                                                                                                     The initial launch, conducted on 1 July 009,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s even better when you are raising money and
                                                                                                                                                                     was followed up by a visit of a delegation from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.                            A few training runs and they were ready.
                                                                                                                                                                     Department on 8 October 009.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Four GEO colleagues, three from Junee and the other       After 10 memorable days, 4000 kilometres and nine
                                                                                                                                                                     The proceedings was attended by the MEC for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from head office, recently enjoyed the many high and      nights of sleeping under the stars they finished and
                                                                                                                                                                     Sport, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Joyce Mashamba, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   occasional lows of the Australian outback due to the      had raised more than $8000 for research into Cystic
                                                                                                                                                                     Executive Mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   support of GEO, support sponsors and the skills of        Fibrosis, the most common genetic disease suffered
                                                                                                                                                                     Cllr. Mdaka, the Mayor of the Makhado Municipality,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   four inmates.                                             by children in Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                     Cllr. Luruli, the Head of the Department of Sport, Arts
                                                                                                                                                                     and Culture, Mr. Mulaudzi, the General Manager of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In the cleverly named “In-car-ceration” they beat         The highlights?
                                                                                                                                                                     Cultural Affairs, Mr. Mabaleni, other senior officials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   home half the fleet in the Great Escape, a charity        “Our fellow competitors and the people we met along
                                                                                                                                                                     from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   motoring rally, which travels picturesque, unique and     the way, “ according to Bruno Malacco.
                                                                                                                                                                     Limpopo province and a number of journalists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   challenging outback roads and river crossings in cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that must be more than 0 years old!                      “Some town only had 00 residents so when we
                                                                                                                                                                     Mrs. Mashamba said that the announcement of South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             arrived everyone came to see us and chat.”
                                                                                                                                                                     Africa’s winning bid to host the 010 FIFA World Cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   All 4WD’s are banned just to add to the fun.
                                                                                                                                                                     Soccer Tournament was one of the highlights of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The lowlights?
L - R: Ms. N.L. Mosterd (Metro College); Mr. N.W. Tshivhase (Prison Director, KSCC); Prof. T. Tshivhase Pendla (Dean, Education University of Venda); Mrs.           country’s young democracy and that the government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The GEO team began hunting for an appropriate             “The dust, the dust, the dust. The red dust got into
Guduvheni (Principal of a school); Dr. Sadiki (University of Venda)                                                                                                  realized the power, unity and opportunity that sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   car early last year and a dilapidated 5-year old         everything. You were covered in it,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                     and particularly soccer had brought to the nation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commodore wagon was discovered via eBay 500
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   kilometres away and arrived at Junee to numerous
                                                                                                                                                                     She commended the vision of management and staff at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   raised eyebrows.
Written by Sandra Harding                                                                                                                                            the facility to introduce sporting activities for offenders
The Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre takes         Since 00 more than 7000 certificates were issued    Five offenders successfully completed diploma          as this proved to have made a positive contribution to
pride in the achievements reached since 00            to offenders who passed their vocational training,    courses in Human Resource Management, Business         the peaceful and structured co-existence of offenders
regarding program participation and the eradicating     almost 500 offenders successfully completed Grade    Management, Public Administration, Small Business      and staff at the facility.
of illiteracy amongst the offender population.          1 and 10 offenders passed their N6 Engineering       Management and Marketing Management.
                                                        and Business Studies.                                                                                        Prison Director Watson Tshivhase said that sport has a
During 00 the facility admitted a total of 156                                                             Two offenders completed their degrees and diplomas     positive influence on the offenders and he thanked the
illiterate offenders. Of those 1 are now literate.   On 9 October 009 another graduation took place.      in respectively Development Studies and Bachelor       Department for the visible and significant contribution
                                                        A total of 19 offenders were rewarded for their       of Administration courses.                             that they had so kindly bestowed upon the facility. He
The average pass rate for Special Education for 008    commitment and dedication towards their studies.                                                             ensured everyone present that the equipment received
was 75% and 87% for the first quarter of 009.                                                                Merit certificates were awarded to three offenders     is being utilized fully for the intended purpose.
                                                        Seven offenders successfully completed the            for respectively obtaining distinctions in Political
The Basic and Advance Computer courses had a            International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL)        Science, Sociology and Logistics.                      The sport equipment to the value of fifty thousand
100% pass rate while the International Computer         course while two offenders were issued certificates                                                          rand included amongst others soccer boots, linesmen
Drivers License as well as the Advanced ICDL also       after completing Managing the Employment Process                                                             flags, nets and soccer kit for the three prisons
boasts with a 100% pass rate.                           and Christian Counseling courses, respectively.                                                              comprising of shirts, shorts, socks and goalkeeper
                                                                                                                                                                     outfits. Referee kits as well as trophies and medals
                                                                                                                                                                     were also received.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Friend in
                   Who Let the                                                DOGS Out?                                                                                                                                                                     Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Written by Regina Mildenhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is said that “many hands make light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      work” and this has been the case at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      home of Correctional Officer Jason
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fulford, where a number of working bees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have been held to prepare his property for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         General Manager Troy Ittensohn & Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      renovation work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Manager Ian Riley working up a sweat!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Late last year, Jason was involved in a road      home. Work has included demolishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      accident which left him seriously injured         walls and concrete paths, removing floor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and in need of intensive care.         After      coverings and clearing the site of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      months of treatment and rehabilitation            resultant debris in order for the builders to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      programs, Jason was able to leave hospital,       come in and commence the much needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but his injuries left him wheelchair bound.       alterations and refurbishment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As would be the case in most homes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      extensive alterations were needed to              To further support his road to recovery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      facilitate wheelchair access, both inside         colleagues have also organised fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and out.                                          events to help ease the financial burden on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jason and his family. Everyone at Fulham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over the last few months, fellow officers         Correctional Centre wishes Jason well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Senior Management Team members                and looks forward to his eventual return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have taken part in working bees at Jason’s        to work.
Pups in Prison at the Beach. Pups enjoying a day out at the local
beach with prisoner dog handlers
                                                                                                                                                                          Health Promotion Nurse Kaye Stephens administering a Hepatitis B
                                                                                                                                                                          vaccination to a staff member.
Written by Jeremy Parker & Regina Mildenhall            Troy Ittensohn, commented that being involved in the      Fulham’s four-legged inmates are described as ‘model
The four special inmates that arrived at Fulham
Correctional Centre in May 009 are now down
to three in number with one being released on sick
                                                        program is ‘an example of what a correctional facility
                                                        can do for the community.’ He added that for the
                                                        prisoners, ‘This is a living thing they are responsible
                                                                                                                  prisoners’ and will surely be missed after they serve
                                                                                                                  their term and are released in September.                Proactive Health Promotion
leave. Unfortunately “Fever,” one of the female pups,   for and having something to care for gives them a
developed a medical condition that prevented her from   sense of accountability.’                                  Assistance Dog trainee “Friday”                        Written by Kellie Huxford & Regina Mildenhall
continuing in the Assistance Dogs Australia ‘Pups in                                                               showing off his skills.                                Both staff and prisoners at Fulham Correctional Centre benefit
Prisons’ program. All ended well for Fever though as    The dogs have been exposed to community settings,                                                                 from the medical centre’s dedicated Health Promotion Nurse                                                                 Many hands make light work - a team effort.
she was adopted by a staff member.                      including shopping centres and the local beach, to                                                                who vigorously promotes a proactive approach to health and
                                                        desensitize them to community life. They interact                                                                 wellbeing.
The remaining black Labrador pups, named “Faren,”
“Friday” and “Farley” are now half way through their
16 month sentence and are progressing well, having
                                                        with other prisoners and staff at Fulham and go
                                                        virtually everywhere the dog handlers go, which
                                                        includes attending programs and employment. It is
                                                                                                                                                                          Registered Nurse Kaye Stephens has been kept very busy since
                                                                                                                                                                          her appointment to the position, coordinating a number of new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A Day’s Difference
achieved all their training milestones to date.         hoped that the three pups, once appropriately trained,                                                            health initiatives at the Centre. The foremost in recent times was          Written by Regina Mildenhall                      site of debris, prepared the soil and planted
                                                        will all become Assistance Dogs and work alongside                                                                the introduction of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine for all staff,             The local branch of the RSPCA provides            native species which would survive the
The prisoner dog handlers have reported great           people who are in wheelchairs to assist them with                                                                 volunteers and prisoners who choose to be immunized against a               a much-needed service “for all creatures          tough conditions. The grounds were also
enjoyment from the program and it being a “privilege”   everyday living tasks, such as opening doors, picking                                                             future pandemic.                                                            great and small” and so it was without            mulched to protect the plants from the
to work with the dogs. Fulham’s General Manager,        up the telephone and turning on light switches.                                                                                                                                               hesitation that, following a call for             coming hot summer months. Prisoners
                                                                                                                                                                          Aside from the extremely busy task of actually dosing each individual       assistance from its manager, the Nalu             from Fulham Correctional Centre’s
                                                                                                                                                                          with the vaccine, Kaye has provided many hours of education both

 GraduationDay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Work Crew were dispatched               engineering workshops also got involved
                                                                     Written by Scott Hamlett                                                                             individually and in groups about safe-guarding yourself, your family and    for a day’s work to lend a helping hand.          in the assignment and manufactured water
                                                                     On Tuesday 8 December 009, the second pre-                                                          the wider community from the debilitating effects of influenza. In doing                                                      bowls for the pets using off cuts of recycled
                                                                     service graduation of Correctional Services                                                          so, Kaye has successfully raised the level of awareness amongst staff and   Many local businesses were also involved          metal from another project.
                                                                     Officers for 009 was held at Arthur Gorrie                                                          prisoners, which has had a positive affect all round on the preparedness    in the project and donated plants, mulch
                                                                     Correctional Centre. Thirteen new recruits                                                           of the facility.                                                            and the use of specialist equipment to            The collaborative community spirit proved
                                                                     successfully completed the six week training                                                                                                                                     landscape the grounds. The Nalu crew              once again what a difference a day can
                                                                     course and ten new officers successfully                                                             The Health Promotion Nurse’s role also encompasses the overseeing of        provided the manpower and cleared the             make!
                                                                     completed a bridging program.                                                                        Hepatitis B and Influenza immunization for all prisoners and staff, and
                                                                                                                                                                          more recently the implementation of the Quit Smoking Program for those
                                                                     The new recruits marched proudly in formation                                                        who need help to ‘kick’ the habit. The program involves several groups
                                                                     in front of family and friends. Greg Howden,                                                         of prisoners moving through a sequence of stages. Each stage involves
                                                                     General Manager congratulated the new recruits                                                       the development of new skills and strategies for moving forward without
                                                                     for their dedication to the program and for                                                          a reliance on smoking and encourages prisoners to make better choices
                                                                     choosing a career in corrections. The General                                                        for their health.
                                                                     Manager also presented certificates of completion
                                                                     including special awards to CSO Darren                                                               Successful health promotion in a prison environment takes a great deal of
                                                                     Czapracki who received the Dux Award and                                                             consistency and a dedication to improving health outcomes for prisoners.
                                                                     CSO Andrew Rocks who received the Marksman                                                           The implementation of the Health Promotion Nurse at Fulham Correctional
                                                                     Award. Following the ceremony, the new recruits         Correctional Supervisor Esther Dekkers       Centre has been very beneficial and could be used as a model for similar
                                                                     and their families joined in an afternoon tea with      with “Friday” and students from a local      outcomes at other prison locations.
                                                                     AGCC management and staff.                              primary school.                                                                                                           Newly landscaped grounds at the RSPCA Animal Shelter.
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   Plant                                                  Greening                                                                                                             A Special
                                                                                                                                                                                    Relationship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Speedy Recovery
                a Tree Day                                     the Community                                                                                                                                                              Written by Ian Needham & Regina Mildenhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Young patients in the children’s ward at the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hospital will be on track for a ‘speedy’ recovery, if
                                                           Written by Scott Hamlett                                                                                                                                                       a donation from Fulham Correctional Centre is any
                                                           GEO Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre has                                                                                                                                      guide.
                                                           established a partnership with Habitat Brisbane.
                                                           Habitat Birsbane is a Brisbane City Council initiative                                                                                                                         A hand-made yellow speedster, complete with running
                                                           which consists of 16 volunteer bush care groups                                                                                                                               boards and timber tray, now takes pride of place in the
                                                           throughout the Birsbane region that restore local bush                                                                                                                         play area of the children’s ward. The toy car is able to
                                                           care sites, parks, waterways, and creeks.                                                                                                                                      be driven around by young patients, with pedal power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from young legs providing the impetus.
                                                           General Manager Greg Howden noted that the unique
                                                           partnership between GEO Arthur Gorrie and Habitat                                                                                                                              Construction of the car was taken up by a group of
                                                           Brisbane provided many benefits for the Brisbane                                                                                                                               prisoners at Fulham Correctional Centre, when the
                                                           community, Brisbane City Council, and for prisoners.                                                                                                                           group was made aware of Fulham’s long term support
                                                           Some of these benefits include:                                                                                                                                                for the children’s ward at the hospital. The group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          decided to construct the vehicle as part of their work     Fulham Correctional Centre Health Services
                                                           1. Access to a greater range of native grasses for the                                                                                                                         in the woodwork and engineering programs run at the        Manager Jan Te Maru with a very happy patient
                                                           Habitat groups. This is achieved by Habitat Brisbane                                                                                                                                                                                      who can’t wait to take the speed car out for a spin!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Centre.
                                                           supplying locally native grass seeds collected from
                                                                                                                                                                               Children from the school pictured with Arthur
                                                           the South side of Brisbane for propagation by
                                                                                                                                                                               Gorrie Correctional Centre’s General Manager               Fulham Correctional Centre General Manager Troy
                                                           prisoners. The rare native grass plants are extremely                                                                                                                                                                                     The hospital is one of many beneficiaries of
                                                           difficult to obtain.
                                                                                                                    Little girl helps make things green.                       Greg Howden and principal Michael Brett.                   Ittensohn, Health Services Manager Jan Te Maru and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Industry Manager Ian Riley presented the car at a          Fulham Correctional Centre’s ongoing support and
                                                           . The range of grasses benefits the fauna that uses                                                                                                                                                                                      commitment to the local community.
                                                                                                                    Initially, over 1500 seedlings were propagated and         Written by Scott Hamlett                                   recent Board meeting.
                                                           our bushland and waterway corridors. These grasses
                                                                                                                    prisoners were given the responsibility to care and        As part of GEO Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre’s
                                                           provide a wider range of food sources and better
                                                                                                                    nurture the plants until they were ready to be donated     social responsibility strategy, AGCC has established a
                                                           habitat value for a range of wildlife including birds,
                                                                                                                    back to Habitat Birsbane for distribution and planting     relationship with Goodna Special School. The purpose
Young girl looks at all the trees that were planted.
                                                           marsupials and reptiles.
                                                           . As part of GEO Arthur Gorrie’s commitment to
                                                                                                                    back into local bush care groups at Wolston Creek          of the relationship is to build community confidence in      Prisoners Donate Handmade Christmas Toys
                                                                                                                    Bushland Reserve, River hills; Kev Hooper Park,            corrections through positive community engagement,
                                                           being environmentally responsible, this partnership
                                                                                                                    Inala; Rikki Bailey Park, Oxley; Nosworthy Park,           provide prisoners with an opportunity to give back to
                                                           promotes awareness and education to staff, prisoners,
Written by Suzi Parkinson                                                                                           Corinda and many others sites in the South region of       the community in a positive and meaningful way, and
                                                           and the wider community.
Getting up at eight o’clock on a Saturday morning                                                                   Council.                                                   to provide prisoners with new skills which will assist
                                                           4. Prisoners are involved in and develop appreciation
is definitely not something many people enjoy                                                                                                                                  their employability opportunities upon release.
                                                           of the benefits of giving back to the community.
doing, but when it comes to doing something for the                                                                 On Monday 7 December 009, Greg Howden
                                                           Prisoners also gain a new range of skills.
environment, AGCC has a number of enthusiastic staff                                                                presented over 1000 rare native plants to Habitat           On Thursday 10 December 009, GEO - Arthur
and their family members who are more than willing                                                                  Brisbane representative, Rob Rollison. Mr Howden           Gorrie Correctional Centre General Manager, Greg
                                                           The environmental project commenced in September
to make an exception.                                                                                               said “Given the success of this initiative, we are         Howden, attended Goodna Special School to present
                                                           009. A representative from Habitat Birsbane attended                                                               15 multi purpose built trolleys to Principal, Michael
                                                                                                                    looking at expanding the program to include the
                                                           the centre and conducted seed propagation workshops                                                                 Brett. The trolleys have been specially engineered and
On Saturday, 14 November 009, a large contingent                                                                   propagation of native trees and shrubs, giving
                                                           to prisoners. The prisoners constructed small shade                                                                 constructed by prisoners at Arthur Gorrie Correctional
of Arthur Gorrie Correctional Center staff and family                                                               prisoners valuable experience for possible future
                                                           houses in the prison industries and Habitat Brisbane                                                                Centre while under the supervision of staff trade
                                                                                                                    employment in the nursery industry and providing
members gathered at the Wolston Creek bushcare site        provided the seedling and other materials.                                                                          instructors.
                                                                                                                    bush care groups with a good range of suitable native
to do their bit for the environment by participating in
                                                                                                                    plants.”
a Plant a Tree day.                                                                                                                                                            The trolleys have been colourfully decorated with
                                                                                                                                                                               Indigenous art by Indigenous prisoners. In addition
The event was arranged in partnership with the                                                                                                                                 to the trolleys, Mr. Howden also presented the
Brisbane City Council initiative to plant  million                                                                                                                            Goodna Special School with a 1 month sponsorship
trees throughout Brisbane by 01. In a fantastic
effort, 880 trees were planted in just over two hours.
                                                                                                                    “Bug Blitz”                                                Pet Therapy Program. The program will include a
                                                                                                                                                                               volunteer handler and a specially trained dog that will
Correctional Officers, Admin Staff, Senior Managers
and even the General Manager worked side by side
                                                                                                                       Poles                                                   attend the Goodna Special School once per week for
                                                                                                                                                                               a 1 month period.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trade Instructor Jacobus Havenga with one of the wooden toys donated to Inala Child Safety.
to make the event a great success. A number of staff
also brought along their children and there were eager                                                              Written by Regina Mildenhall                               Mr. Brett said, “Early in 009, Arthur Gorrie
participants as young as three donning their gardening                                                              Locals and visitors alike might                            approached us about forming a relationship and we
                                                                                                                                                                               agreed because it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.     Written by Scott Hamlett                                   instructor staff. The toys were donated by the GEO
gloves and learning about environmental awareness.                                                                  be surprised to see a number of
                                                                                                                                                                               For the prisoners it’s about them being able to do some    The GEO Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre operates         Arthur Gorrie prisoners to the Inala Child Safety Unit
                                                                                                                    carved and brightly painted poles
                                                                                                                                                                               work that is appreciated by the community, and we          an industries program that provides prisoners with         on 16 December 009. A Child Safety representative
                                                                                                                    at various sites in the district,
                              Very positive feedback                                                                                                                           definitely appreciate the work they do for us. We had      the opportunity to use their time constructively while     advised that they were very thankful for the donation
                                                                                                                    not unlike the totem poles which
                              was received from staff                                                                                                                          a couple of security guards with drug detection dogs       in custody and to gain new skills in cabinetry and         and would happily accept the toys and distribute to
                                                                                                                    symbolize the family and historical
                              and family members that                                                                                                                          come earlier this year, and the students really enjoyed    metalwork.                                                 the less fortunate children in the local area. The Child
                                                                                                                    relationships of some Native North
                              attended the event and                                                                                                                           that.” Mr. Brett said the program would especially                                                                    Safety representative noted that the donation of the
                                                                                                                    American peoples.
                              everyone involved felt a                                                                                                                         benefit autistic students, who were calmed by the          The Industries program, supervised by Trade instructor     toys will be distributed just in time for Christmas.
                              sense of pride with what                                                                                                                         presence of dogs. “It’s fantastic that they’ve sponsored   Jacobus Havenga also teaches prisoners to make
                                                                                                                    The colorful poles, depicting a range of symbols,
                              had been achieved. The                                                                                                                           this program for us,” he said.                             the most of materials they have by reusing offcuts         General Manager Greg Howden said “Christmas is a
                                                                                                                    are a result of the work by students at local schools
                              success of the event has                                                                                                                                                                                    and recycled materials. Over the past six months,          time for giving and to remember those in need. The
                                                                                                                    taking part in the Bug Blitz Program, a unique outdoor
                                                                                                                                                                               In regards to the trolleys, Mr. Brett stated, ”These       prisoners involved in the industries program have          donation of these toys will hopefully bring some
                              led to the organisation                                                               environmental education program led by scientists
                                                                                                                                                                               trolleys will be a welcome addition for the start of       learnt how to use wood surplus and recycled materials      festive cheer to some of the many less fortunate
                              of another tree planting                                                              and educators. The students created the designs for
                                                                                                                                                                               school next term.”                                         to design and construct wooden toys. Some of the           children in our local community.” Mr. Howden added
                              day in February 010.                                                                 the poles and then prisoners at Fulham Correctional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          toys include model replica WW1 planes (red baron),         that he wished to continue to build on the newly
                                                                                                                    Centre carved the intricate shapes, in readiness for the
                                                                                                                                                                               Mr. Howden stated, “The trolleys and pet therapy           boats, dinosaurs, cars, and picture frames.                formed relationship between GEO Arthur Gorrie and
                                                                                                                    students to paint them. The poles take pride of place
                                                                                                                                                                               program sponsorship is a Christmas gift to Goodna                                                                     the Inala Child Safety Unit in 010.
                              About to pound in the                                                                 in the school grounds and are a constant source of
                              support stake with a                                                                                                                             Special School from GEO Arthur Gorrie staff and            The toys were designed, constructed, and painted
                                                                                                                    inspiration to the students.
                              nervous holder.             Poles painted by students.                                                                                           prisoners.”                                                by prisoners under the supervision of qualified trade
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How Stress Affects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your Memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Relationship Between Short-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               term Anxiety & Brain Functioning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Written by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe you’re forgetful during periods of high stress,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              or maybe your brain “freezes.” Or, perhaps taking a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              test causes you to blank on everything you’ve learned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe you’re at your worst during a job interview
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (when you want to be at your best). When you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stressed out, the anxiety and stress hormones affect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              your brain functioning and communication skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Impaired thinking ability and learning skills are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              common during stressful moments. Research shows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that stress impairs brain functioning, which leads to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              poor learning skills and memory loss. Scientists have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              long known that long-term stress impairs brain cell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              communication, but they’re just now learning that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              even short-term stress – such as a few hours of anxiety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – can negatively affect cognitive skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How Short-term Stress Affects Memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cortisol is a stress hormone that circulates through your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              body when you’re stressed or anxious. Researchers at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the University of California found that there’s another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stress hormone called corticotopin that disrupts how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              our brains collect and store memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Stress is a constant in our lives and cannot be avoided,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              said Dr. Tallie Z. Baram, the Danette Shepard Chair in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Neurological Sciences in the University of California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Irvine) School of Medicine. “Our findings can play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              an important role in the current development of drugs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that might prevent these undesirable effects and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              offer insights into why some people are forgetful or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have difficulty retaining information during stressful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              situations.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How Long-term Stress Affects Memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The stress hormone cortisol plays a big role in long-
                                     Group of GEO Care                                                                                                                                                                        term stress. Doctors at the Douglas Hospital Research
                                       employees eating.                                                                                                                                                                      Center found that people who have continuously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              high levels of cortisol perform poorly on memory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tests. Their cognitive functioning – such as learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and memory skills – were impaired when they were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              exposed to stress over a period of three to six years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “This study clearly shows the negative effects of long-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              term stress,” says Sonia J. Lupien, PhD, lead author
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and director of the Laboratory of Stress Research at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Douglas. “This explains why some older adults
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              show poor brain function while others perform very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well.”
                                   CRCC employees                                                                                                                                                                             Though long-term stress impairs learning, memory,
                                   holding GEOworlds!                                                                                                                                                                         and other cognitive skills, there are ways to manage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the effects of stress. You may not be able to feel the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stress hormone cortisol racing through your veins, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you know when you’re stressed. And you know what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              relieves your anxiety and tension.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stress relief is different for everyone – massage,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              exercise, bubble baths, yoga, walking the dog – but
                                                           Written by Barbara Kurts                                                                                                                                           one thing is the same: we all need to deal with it
                                                                                                                Approximately 00 attended the luncheon as well           relationship with GEO Care. These are busy and
                                                           GEO Care sponsored a barbeque luncheon with all                                                                                                                    successfully. Stress damages not only our brain
                                                                                                                as the breakfast. GEO Care distributed GEOworld           exciting times and I know the CRCC staff is up to
                                                           the fixings on Thursday, October 1, 009, and a                                                                                                                    functioning, but our health as well.
                                                                                                                magazines and a GEO Care lunch cooler to employees.       the challenge.”
                                                           breakfast on Friday, October , 009, to welcome
                                                                                                                The weather was beautiful for Thursday’s luncheon
                                                           our newest team members and our SC Department of                                                                                                                   We may never get rid of long or short-term stress, but
                                                                                                                and table and chairs were set up outside for the event.   CRCC manages 74 beds housing medical and
                                                           Mental Health partners located in Columbia, South                                                                                                                  we can counteract its effects.
                                                                                                                Eldon Wyatt, Facility Administrator, said, “Everyone      mental health residents. “GEO Care is excited to
                                                           Carolina. October 1 marked the acquisition of Just
                                   CRCC employees eating                                                        seemed to enjoy the luncheon and breakfast the            welcome CRCC staff and customers into the GEO       http://cognitive-psychology.suite101.com/article.cfm/
                                                           Care, Inc., Columbia Regional Care Center, by GEO
                                   breakfast.                                                                   following morning. The events were another nice           family,” said George Gintoli, Vice President of     how_stress_affects_your_memory#ixzz0eh7AVkaX
                                                           Care, Inc.
                                                                                                                touch helping with the transition as we begin our new     Administrative Operations.
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                                                                                        Responds to DeS oto County


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GEO Staff provide food to Valerie Gilchrist of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DeSoto County Homeless Coalition.




                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tim Budz, Facility Administrator, presents $500 check to Mac Martin from the Salvation Army as TST
Donation given to the Abused Women’s Charity.                Ashley Green, Lavon Cardenas, Samantha Rhymes and Charles Devine present toys donated by FCCC                                                 Nick Peragine, Fire Safety Manager Kevin Edwards, Payroll Clerk Ashley Green, TST Lawrence Davis
                                                             staff to Sister Ann DeNicolo, B.V.M. of Catholic Charities in Arcadia.                                                                                                                                and Custody Technician Paul Salone look on.




TCFTC’sUnsung Hero
                                                                                                                                                                         Bob Quam and
                                                                                                                                                             Bob Quam & Madge Mclean Madge Mclean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toys for Tots
Written by Enza Abbate
The scenario….on December 8, 009, after leaving         individuals on a regular basis in the course of our daily
work and heading down SR714 and I95, Admission           duties within our facilities and may never know what
and Discharge Coordinator Madge Mclean drove by          actions they have done to save and make life better for
a vehicle where she saw a man kneeling over what         another. On December 8th, TCFTC was proud to hear
appeared to be a child. After passing the vehicle, she   that one of their own engaged in such an incredible act
thought that position was not normal and decided to      which resulted in a life being saved.
check to see if everything was ok. Ms. Mclean ran out
of her car to find an unconscious and not breathing      Ms. Mclean, thinking only of the life she was
small frame woman about age 5. Her husband was          attempting to preserve, worked on providing CPR
frantic while on the phone with 911. Ms. Mclean          on the young woman until relief arrived to ensure
told the man to continue speaking to 911 while she       the highest chance of the woman’s survival in this
performed CPR. After checking level of consciousness     desperate situation. The woman was transported to
and airway breathing and circulation, she realized the   a local hospital and we received word that as of the
young woman was not breathing and with no pulse.         writing of this article, the woman was recovering very
Ms. Mclean started performing CPR and continued          well. Oftentimes we never hear of situations where
for approximately 1 minutes until the Martin County     someone’s actions made a difference in someone                                                                                               Written by Daisy Baez
EMT arrived. Apparently this young woman had taken       else’s life, or we too often hear where situations did                                                                                       In the spirit of giving and the holiday season, South   distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children
too much medication.                                     not turn out so well. Ms. Mclean’s action is just one                                                                                        Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (SFETC)         in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
                                                         example of several where members of the GEO Care                                                                                             employees participated in the Marine Corp Toys          Hospital employees conducted a hospital-wide
From time to time we come face to face with              family have acted with honor and integrity and made a                                                                                        for Tots program. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation       toy drive and on Friday, December 11, 009 and
individuals who, because of their actions, are hailed    real difference in the world we live in.                                                                                                     is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991        presented the toys to representatives of the Toys for
as unsung heroes. Many of us have contact with these                                                                                                                                                  and dedicated to collecting unwrapped toys during       Tots program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      October, November and December each year, and
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