Continuum of Care Solutions
For Corrections, Detention & Treatment Services
A GEO Publication for Employees and their Families.
Chairman’s Letter A Man of
George C. Zoley here are things
Chairman, CEO and Founder that we never
want to let go of,
people we never want
to leave behind. But keep
in mind that letting go isn’t
the end of the world, it’s the
beginning of a new life.” ~
F or over two decades,
Wayne Calabrese has been
a vital member of the GEO
family. Since he joined The GEO
Group (then known as Wackenhut
Corrections Corporation) in 1989,
Wayne was always at the forefront,
setting the tone in our business
development initiatives, our
operational integrity, and our public-
o Our Growing GEO Family, BI was founded in 1978 and is now Our growing company now oversees more private partnership philosophy.
the largest provider of comprehensive than 81,000 beds in 118 correctional,
On February 10, 2011, our electronic monitoring services, detention, and residential treatment
Wayne left a successful law practice in
Akron, Ohio in 1989, to first join the
company achieved another overseeing more than 60,000 offenders facilities and tracks over 60,000 offenders company as Vice President of Business ever a steady hand and quick
significant milestone with the closing of on behalf of approximately 900 federal, under community supervision. We’re the Development. In 1991, he was named wit was needed, Wayne was
our previously announced acquisition state and local correctional agencies co-leader in the corrections and detention Chief Executive Officer of our Australian there.
of BI Incorporated. This strategic located in all 50 states. BI also provides market, and we have the leading position subsidiary, based in Sydney, Australia,
acquisition has further diversified community-based re-entry services for in the mental health, community-based, where he was a pioneer in leading the Never satisfied with
GEO, creating a stronger company with approximately 1,700 parolees on behalf youth services, and electronic monitoring expansion of our international business. knowing “just enough,”
Wayne worked each and
revenues of approximately $1.6 billion of state and local correctional agencies at markets.
After three years in Australia, Wayne every day to learn every
and leading competitive positions in 26 non-residential day reporting centers returned home to the states in 1994 to nuance of the services we
every key market segment in corrections, across the US. It is the sole provider of GEO’s new ‘Continuum of Care’ service serve as an Executive Vice President provide. He immersed
detention, and treatment services. monitoring and supervision services platform will allow us to provide at our World Headquarters and himself in operational
for U.S. Immigration and Customs complimentary services that help our was instrumental in overseeing the procedures, staffing
Enforcement through the Intensive government clients lower overall costs continued growth of the company in development, facility
Supervision and Appearance Program, and improve offender rehabilitation. This our domestic operations. In January architectural designs,
1996, he was named Chief Operating financing plans, etc. – any
which supervises over 17,000 non- new service paradigm has the potential
Officer, and in January 1997, Wayne area that would enhance
detained aliens. to revolutionize the delivery of service accepted the title of President. By his ability to understand
across the entire corrections spectrum the time Wayne retired his official our clients’ needs and
Following the acquisition of BI, creating larger business development title was Vice Chairman, President develop solutions
we are now positioned to provide opportunities, and our company is in a and Chief Operating Officer. to best meet those
complementary full service solutions unique position to capitalize on these needs. Wayne
for our numerous government clients. favorable trends. Our growing and Over the course of his career, never stopped
Wayne served GEO in several “raising the bar” and
From the development of facilities, to the diverse enterprise also promises to create official positions as well as in pushing us to be the
intake and housing of offenders, to the new and exciting career development a variety of “unofficial” roles. “Best of the Best.” For
provision of transportation functions as opportunities for our approximately In addition to serving on the all that you have given
well as comprehensive medical, mental 18,000 employees worldwide. Board of Directors from 1997, us Wayne - dedication,
health and rehabilitation services, to he was President of our GEO c o m m i t m e n t ,
Continuum of Care Solutions offender reintegration and supervision in Design Services subsidiary. professional integrity - we
the community, we are now the leading Wayne also oversaw International thank you. May the new
operations, and led our Business road ahead of you be as
provider of comprehensive continuum of Development team in growing challenging and inspiring as
For Corrections, Detention & Treatment Services
care solutions in the corrections industry. the company organically. Where the road you leave behind…
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world Fuller Joins the Senior
a publication of The GEO Group, Inc. Management Team
1ST QUARTER 2011
GEO would employee and labor relations, HR the Human Resources field and has
like to information systems, and employee provided unmatched leadership as our
congratulate initiatives worldwide. Mr. Fuller joined Vice President of Human Resources.
Stephen V. GEO in 2006 and has overseen all Human Mr. Fuller’s background and expertise
Fuller on his Resources functions for our growing make him uniquely well-qualified to lead
promotion workforce which has increased to more our Human Resources team in a senior
from Vice than 17,000 employees. capacity, not only as our workforce of
President to Senior Vice President dedicated professionals continues to grow
of Human Resources. Mr. Fuller is “We are very fortunate to have Steve worldwide, but because of our desire to
responsible for the management and Fuller join our senior management make GEO an even better place in which
oversight of all GEO’s human resources team as Senior Vice President of to work.” - George C. Zoley, Chairman of
functions. This includes recruitment, Human Resources. Mr. Fuller has over the Board and CEO.
retention, compensation, benefits, 30 years of extensive experience in
KALIA MANCELL chairman’s lEttEr
VOLUME XVII ISSUE 1
23 New Phoebe House /
EDITOR IN CHIEF Volunteers Dinner
email@example.com 1 a man of many rolEs 24 Good Will During Holidays /
acquisition of bi
Dedication to the Community!
Giving Back / Baptism /
Celebrating 50 Nations
26 “Like a Good Neighbor,
The 14th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala
Copy Editors 3 Fuller Joins Senior Management South Bay is There” /
Team / Best Buddies 50 Nations Unity & Community
KathaRinE OsbORnE gEo corrEctions 27 Toy Drive / 1st Place in Parade
U.S. CorreCtionS international ServiCeS The GEO Group, Inc. was the
proud main sponsor of The
12 WR Offers OPR Training / 28 KSCC : TB Treatment /
14th Annual Best Buddies
Visit to Alaska Vutlhari Benefits From Golf Day Miami Gala. Best Buddies
13 New Segregation Door Lights 29 Brisbane Broncos Train created the 2010
14 Milestone initiative in 2001 with
15 A Decade of Service / gEo carE, inc. the goal of operating
Continuum of Care Solutions
Business of the Year Award 31 Top Honors programs in all 50
jEnnifER hOustOn states, expanding
pabLO paEZ 16 Recognition of Operational COMMUNITY INvOlveMeNT
stEphEn fuLLER Excellence / The Sun Sets 30 Tic-Tac-Toe / Non-Crossing
programs to 50
For Corrections, Detention & Treatment Services
RObin VERsE on Another Year Puzzle / GEO Team Sponsors countries, and
17 Celebrate our Staff! / Rodeo Mural impacting 500,000
Making the Best 31 LVCCC Saves Christmas people worldwide
18 GEO / Mission Slim-Possible each year by the
19 GEOfit GEOstrong GEOproud / 32 No Tricks, Just Treats / end of 2010.
A GEO Publication for Employees and their Families.
GCCF Donates Halloween
In November, Best
COMMUNITY INvOlveMeNT Bags to Local Schools /
Buddies was able to
20 Who Defines “Normal?” Puzzle Answers
complete their goal by
21 Maintenance Department being in 50 countries
Community Outreach / around thE cornEr and impacting over
Coming Through in the Clutch 700,000 people and GEO
22 Rabbits Gone Wild / helped make that possible.
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The GEO Group Completes BI Acquisition
and is Positioned to Provide “Continuum of Care”
On February 10, 2011, The GEO Group GEO’s Diversified Operations and the Western Region in Los Angeles, GEO Care located in Florida, South Carolina, and Through its Youth Services division,
achieved another significant milestone GEO now oversees approximately California. GEO Care, Inc. was established in Texas. GEO Care oversees 1,800 youth beds
with the completion of its acquisition of 81,000 beds in 118 facilities and tracks 1997 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of spanning 17 residential facilities as well
BI Incorporated. The transaction, which over 60,000 offenders under community International Services the GEO Group. Since then, GEO Care Community Based Services as additional non-residential programs.
had been announced on December 21, supervision. GEO is a co-leader in the GEO’s International Services division has become an integral part of GEO’s GEO Care is now the leading provider
2010, resulted in GEO’s acquisition corrections and detention market and has was established in 1991 following business platform by establishing itself of community-based services to Community Supervision and Electronic
of BI for approximately $415 million. the leading position in the mental health, a contract award in Australia. This as a premier provider of Residential the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons Monitoring – BI Incorporated
GEO financed the acquisition of BI with community-based, youth services, and international expansion continued with Treatment Services; Community-Based and to a number of state corrections Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, BI
the issuance of $300 million in senior electronic monitoring markets. GEO’s the development of a wholly-owned Services; Youth Services; Community departments. GEO Care’s Community- Incorporated, GEO Care offers clients
unsecured notes and borrowings from its expanded operations are organized in subsidiary in the United Kingdom in 1994 Supervision and Electronic Monitoring; Based programs focus on transitioning a combination of proprietary electronic
expanded $1 billion senior credit facility. two business units – GEO Corrections and a joint-venture enterprise in South and Correctional Health Care. offenders approaching release from a monitoring products and intensive
and GEO Care and into a number of Africa in 1999. Following the same cost- correctional facility back into society. supervision to create solutions tailored
GEO Positioned to Provide ‘Continuum operating divisions. efficient management model established Through the provision of high-quality, Through education, employment training, to their needs. BI provides clients with
of Care’ Services in Corrections, in the United States division, GEO’s innovative and effective behavioral and treatment, monitoring and accountability, location (GPS tracking, radio frequency,
Detention and Residential Treatment GEO Corrections International Services division boasts a special needs programs, GEO Care clients receive the necessary tools to and voice verification) and alcohol
The strategic acquisition of BI has further As the founding business unit, GEO capacity of over 7,000 beds and provides provides patients with a means towards make positive life choices that can monitoring devices. BI currently tracks
diversified GEO, creating a stronger Corrections accounts for nearly 70 percent correctional solutions to clients that are recovery and the support necessary reduce their likelihood of re-entry into over 60,000 offenders on electronic
company with revenues of approximately of GEO’s revenues. It encompasses fully customizable and tailored to their to achieve maximum independence, the correctional system. GEO Care monitoring. BI is also the sole provider of
$1.6 billion and a full continuum of the operation and management of over government requirements while meeting achievement, satisfaction, and a now oversees nearly 2,700 beds in 21 supervision services to US Immigration
care with leading competitive positions 70 correctional and detention facilities local, regional, and national standards. successful and permanent transition back community-based facilities. GEO Care and Customs Enforcement through the
in every key market segment in the encompassing more than 74,000 beds, into society. GEO Care now oversees also offers reentry and supervision Intensive Supervision and Appearance
corrections, detention, and treatment including projects under development, in more than 6,500 beds in 36 residential services through full service evidence- Program (ISAP), which supervises over
rehabilitation services. the United States and internationally. facilities throughout the United States. based cognitive behavioral treatment 17,000 undetained aliens.
Correctional Residential Community
Design/Construction Intake Mental Health
& Detention Reentry Supervision &
and Project Financing Process Treatment &
Management Services Reintegration
Following the completion of the BI U.S. Corrections Secure Transportation – GEO Care also tracks over 60,000 programs at Day Reporting Centers in 26 Correctional Healthcare Services
acquisition, GEO is positioned to provide Founded in 1984, the US Corrections GEO Transport offenders under community supervision. locations nationwide. GEO Care’s Correctional Health Care
complementary full service solutions for division oversees the operation and Established in 2008, GEO’s in-house This enhanced operational footprint is division provides comprehensive
its numerous government clients. From management of over 67,000 beds in 65 transportation division, GEO Transport, overseen by five operating divisions. Youth Services medical, mental health, substance abuse
the development of facilities, to the correctional and detention facilities. Inc. (GTI) provides armed, secure GEO Care is also the leading provider and other treatment services within GEO
intake and housing of offenders, to the Federal, state, and local government transportation to federal, state and local Residential Treatment Services in the Youth Services market. By using Corrections facilities, pursuant to GEO’s
provision of transportation functions as clients receive full custody services government clients in the United States Over the last 13 years, GEO Care has best industry practices, GEO Care contractual requirements. GEO Care
well as comprehensive medical, mental including medical and mental health and Internationally. With the flexibility built a reputation as a leader in the fosters personal growth and builds the currently provides correctional health care
health and rehabilitation services, to the management, food services, academic and and resources to provide both ground provision of management services for life skills and competencies necessary services in more than 35 US Corrections
reintegration and supervision of offenders vocational programming, rehabilitation and air transfer services GTI helps civil and forensic psychiatric hospitals, for individuals to become responsible facilities with a patient treatment capacity
in the community, governmental clients treatment, and facility maintenance. The clients meet their varied and increasing sex offender programs and other special and productive members of society. of over 40,000 inmates.
are increasingly looking for full service, U.S. Corrections division is overseen demand for secure offender and detainee needs facilities. GEO Care’s Residential Its programs include residential,
turnkey solutions that can deliver by three regional offices: the Eastern transportation. Treatment Services division oversees detention, shelter care and community-
enhanced quality and cost savings across Region in Charlotte, North Carolina; the approximately 2,000 beds in six facilities, based services, along with educational,
a comprehensive continuum of care. Central Region in San Antonio, Texas; including projects under development, rehabilitation and treatment programs.
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John Hurley, President, GEO Corrections
US Corrections Facts International Services Facts
• 67,632 beds • 7,147 beds
• 67 Correctional & Detention Facilities • 7 Facilities
he GEO Corrections division rehabilitation treatment, and facility President who oversees approximately EO’s International Services Through The GEO Group Australia Pty Group UK Ltd., provides community
provides secure offender maintenance. two dozen experts in security, medical, division was established in 1991 Ltd., (GEO Australia) GEO provides based intervention, youth justice, facility
management and transportation financial, contract compliance, HR and following a contract award in financing, construction, design and management, and prisons, immigration
services to clients in the United States GEO’s US Corrections division provides other support services. This structure Australia. This international expansion operational support at correctional, and police services.
and Internationally. Worldwide, GEO high quality and cost effective correctional enables GEO to implement superior continued with the development of remand and transitional living facilities.
Corrections oversees the operation and solutions for federal, state, and local quality controls, develop personalized a wholly-owned subsidiary in the GEO’s first international contract was In 1999, under a joint-venture, GEO formed
management of over 70 correctional and government agencies. As the sixth largest professional relationships, and United Kingdom in 1994 and a joint- awarded in 1991; since then, GEO South African Custodial Management
detention facilities encompassing over correctional system in the US, GEO’s confidently ensure the delivery of safe, venture enterprise in South Africa Australia has further diversified its service (SACM). SACM has played an integral
74,000 beds. operations include the management secure and humane services to those in 1999. Following the same cost- offerings, expanding into healthcare role in helping the government of South
and/or ownership of 65 correctional and individuals placed in its custody. efficient management model, GEO’s services for state prisons with the Africa meet its ongoing correctional
U.S. Corrections detention facilities encompassing more International Services division provides formation of Pacific Shores Healthcare, needs. SACM has instituted best industry
As the founding operating unit for GEO than 67,000 beds. GEO provides turnkey solutions detention and operations management and escort/custody services for hospital practices and delivers secure facilities
in 1984, the US Corrections division in design, construction, financing, throughout Australia, the United and court appointments. and quality services while stimulating the
oversees the operation and management The daily oversight of GEO’s correctional operations, and management on behalf Kingdom, and South Africa. Today, local economy through empowerment of
of correctional and detention facilities and detention facilities in the US is of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office GEO’s International Services division GEO began operating as a correctional disadvantaged populations.
on behalf of federal, state, and local coordinated from three regional offices of the Federal Detention Trustee, U.S. provides construction, design, financing, service provider in the United Kingdom
government clients, who receive full located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Marshals Service, and U.S. Immigration operational and management support in 1994 offering prisoner transportation,
custody services including medical and San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, and Customs Enforcement, as well as within seven correctional, detention, court custody, home detention services
mental health management, food services, California. Each regional operating 12 state correctional clients and various remand, and transitional living facilities and immigration detention services.
academic and vocational programming, structure is headed by a Regional Vice county and city jurisdictions. encompassing over 7,000 beds. With headquarters in England, The GEO
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Jorge Dominicis, President, GEO Care
GEO Care Facts
• 6,446 beds
• 44 Facilities
GTI Facts • 500,000 Detainees • Tracks over 60,000 offenders under
• 225 Special Secure USDOT Transported Incident Free community supervision
Compliant Vehicles • 5 Million Miles Driven in
• GPS Satellite Tracking Compliance with
on all Vehicles State and Federal Laws EO Care, Inc. was established in 1997 as a wholly-owned 35 US Corrections facilities with a patient treatment capacity of
• 400 Licensed and Armed • Strategically Located subsidiary of the GEO Group. Since then, GEO Care has over 40,000 inmates.
Transportation Officers Transportation become an integral part of GEO’s business platform by
Centers Nationwide establishing itself as a premier provider of: Recognized for delivering high-quality care and effective
• Residential Treatment Services treatment programs, GEO Care has effectively:
• Community-Based Services • Reduced average length of stay for civil psychiatric patients
• Community Supervision and Electronic Monitoring while maintaining low recidivism rates.
GEO Transport, Inc. • Youth Services • Decreased number of days to restore competency
• Correctional Health Care for forensic patients.
stablished in 2008, GEO’s in-house transportation delivery of detainees from local jails to ICE processing centers, • Constructed new state-of-the art facilities at a lower cost
division, GEO Transport, Inc. (GTI) provides armed, JPATS airlift sites, ground support, and secure escort to courts Through the provision of high-quality, innovative and effective per bed for building and operating than state was
secure transportation to federal, state and local and medical locations. behavioral and special needs programs, GEO Care provides previously spending.
government clients in the United States and Internationally. patients with a means towards recovery and the support necessary • Increased amount of treatment delivered to patients.
With the flexibility and resources to provide both ground Each vehicle is equipped with two-way communications, in- to achieve maximum independence, achievement, satisfaction, • Eliminated restraint/seclusion.
and air transfer services, GTI helps clients meet their varied vehicle recording, and continuous vehicle monitoring from and a successful and permanent transition back into society. • Achieved and maintained Joint Commission accreditation.
and increasing demand for secure offender and detainee local and corporate facilities. GTI’s proprietary GPS tracking • Increased civil and forensic bed utilization rate.
transportation. software, GEOTrack, provides a constant communication link GEO Care’s Correctional Health Care division provides • Expanded the use of community-based re-entry programs
with service vehicles and enables ground support to book and comprehensive medical, mental health, substance abuse and other and electronic monitoring services.
GTI operates a variety of customized secure transport vehicles re-route vehicles in real time. treatment services within GEO Corrections facilities. GEO Care
specifically suited for local and interstate transportation, currently provides correctional health care services in more than
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Residential Treatment Services Facts Youth Services Facts
• 1,970 beds • 1,790 beds
• 6 Facilities • 17 Residential Facilities
Community-Based Services Facts BI Facts
• 2,686 beds • Tracks 60,000 Offenders
• 21 Residential Facilities Under Community Supervision
• 26 Day Reporting Centers • Supervises Over 17,000 Undetained Aliens
Residential Treatment Services Community-Based Services Youth Services Community Supervision
& Electronic Monitoring
GEO Care’s Residential Treatment Services division provides GEO Care’s Community-Based Services division provides For more than 25, years GEO Care’s Youth Services division GEO Care’s Community Supervision and Electronic Monitoring
clients with turnkey solutions for medical and mental health offenders, nearing the end of their sentence, with the education has provided residential, shelter care, and alternative education division is the preeminent provider of community supervision
rehabilitation facilities, with a focus on civil, forensic, and sex and resources necessary to productively transition back into programs specifically designed to address the needs of services to federal, state, and local government agencies.
offender treatment services. GEO Care currently operates six society. By providing an alternative to incarceration, clients individuals within the juvenile justice system. This operating Through our wholly-owned subsidiary, BI Incorporated, GEO
residential treatment hospitals with approximately 2,000 patients receive the education skills, employment training, and treatment structure enables programs that are tailored to the specific Care offers clients a combination of proprietary electronic
served. resources in order to make positive life choices and reduce their treatment needs of sex offenders, fire setters and those in need monitoring products and intensive supervision to create
likelihood of returning to crime. of mental, behavioral health and drug and alcohol treatment. solutions tailored to their needs.
Civil Mental Health Service Services are provided to both males and females between the
Provides civil psychiatric hospital services to severely and With more than 2,600 offenders in 21 Residential Re-entry ages of 10 and 18. As the pioneer of electronic monitoring, BI provides clients with
persistently mentally ill adults who are involuntarily committed Centers, GEO Care provides federal and state parolees and location (GPS tracking, radio frequency, and voice verification)
when community treatment alternatives are no longer effective. probationers with temporary housing, employment assistance, Through alternative education, curriculums are designed to and alcohol monitoring devices. BI currently tracks over 60,000
GEO Care has been providing high quality civil mental health anger management instruction, personal finance management focus on academics while addressing behavior and emotional offenders on electronic monitoring. BI’s electronic monitoring
services at the 335-bed South Florida State Hospital in Pembroke training, academic opportunities, vocational training, and issues. These programs are based on the philosophy that technologies are supported by a sophisticated call center, which
Pines, Florida since 1998. substance abuse counseling. making a significant difference in the life of a student today provides tracking services and technical support as well as
will provide him or her with a better chance for a successful proprietary client interface software.
Forensic Mental Health Services GEO Care is able to offer additional reentry and supervision tomorrow. GEO Care’s Youth Service division’s educational
Provides mental health assessments and psychiatric rehabilitation services through full service evidence-based cognitive behavioral approach has been designed to address the full range of needs BI is also the sole provider of supervision services to US
to individuals who have been declared incompetent to proceed to treatment programs at Day Reporting Centers in 26 locations of those students that traditionally have the most difficulty in Immigration and Customs Enforcement through the Intensive
trial (ITP) or not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) by the state nationwide. Through GEO Care’s reentry and supervision the public education system. Supervision and Appearance Program (ISAP), which combines
circuit courts. GEO Care manages forensic psychiatric patient services, parolees are provided behavioral assessments, treatment, electronic monitoring with supervision services to ensure illegal
populations at several treatment centers in Florida, South Carolina, supervision, education and treatment. GEO Care oversees 1,800 youth beds spanning 17 residential aliens comply with their immigration court proceedings. As a
and Texas. facilities and additional non-residential programs, which serve core component to the Department of Homeland Security’s
Parolee services are provided at one single location. The program a diverse base of state and local government agencies that rely Alternatives to Detention program, GEO Care supervises over
Sex Offender Treatment Services offerings prepare parolees for a safe and productive return to on this network of facilities to treat the youthful offenders in 17,000 program participants under ISAP. In addition to the
Programs designed to treat individuals who have been civilly society. GEO Care uses research-driven ‘what works’ principles
their custody. detainee monitoring, the program ensures detainee compliance
committed and are pre-disposed to commit violent sexual acts that to design these programs, using methods that have been proven as
endanger the health and safety of others. GEO Care manages the options to reduce recidivism. Among these principles are positive through face to face contacts, random home visits, and
720-bed Florida Civil Commitment Center, which houses sexually reinforcement, engaging community support, and providing employment verification.
violent predators under Florida’s civil commitment laws. timely feedback to participants.
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Western Region T New Segregation
he GEO Group has some of the perform their duties in accordance with
sharpest staff in the industry. That’s the high professional standards required
Offers OPR Training Door Lights
no accident — in order to be the by and expected from our leaders. The
best, we must employ the best. All staff, training at the Western Region afforded
regardless of their rank, are required to be 20 facility Investigation Officers an
Pam Jones, Western Region Office at the top of their game 24/7… however, opportunity to receive OPR investigative Berna Velasquez,
there are instances, on occasion, of an training from a top notch professional. Guadalupe County Correctional Facility
allegation of staff misconduct which
requires the expert investigative skills of At the conclusion of the training, Mr.
the Office of Professional Responsibility. Black, Western Region Vice President,
Is it truly a situation of staff misconduct? expressed his appreciation to Mr. ue to an incident with a
Or, a disgruntled employee attempting to Woodring for providing this valuable segregation unit cell door,
sabotage the spotless reputation of his/her training to his staff. Mr. Black added Warden Erasmo Bravo met
supervisor? that this training has equipped key with Maintenance Supervisor Reyes
personnel at each facility with the tools Castillo (pictured) and decided that an
Enter Joe Woodring, Vice President of necessary to gather critical investigative electric lighting device be placed on
The GEO Group’s Office of Professional information at the onset of allegations every cell door. This would be an ideal
Responsibility (OPR) Division. Aside of staff misconduct. The addition way to alert staff if a cell door was
from Mr. Woodring’s distinguished career of these resources will prove to be unsecured.
with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, his beneficial by allowing corporate OPR
profile also includes an equally impressive to make informed remote assessments, Because of Bravo’s exceptional design
background with the Department of Justice when possible, because the pertinent and attention to detail every facility in
at the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. preliminary details will have already the Western Region will now have the
As the Assistant Program Manager for been gathered. same system in their segregation unit.
the International Criminal Investigations This innovative and simple approach
Training Assistance Program, he was This is just another example why the to correcting a security deficiency
charged with building the Iraqi Corrections Western Region is the standard by which is an example of how motivation,
Service. all others are measured. experience and team work can work.
Congratulations Reyes and Warden
The GEO Group’s OPR Division is Joe Woodring, VP, Office of Professional Development, Bravo for your outstanding efforts.
responsible for investigating allegations offers valuable insight into the investigative process.
of staff misconduct. The objective is to Pictured bottom right: Segregation doors with light
off and light on.
ensure that The GEO Group employees
he last time this South Florida boy visited the Pacific Center, I got a call from Trey around 8 I guess there is something to the old whether it was mending fish nets, making
Visit to Alaska
Northwest was when the Navy sent me in 1970. I was p.m. He told me that Bethel wasn’t too saying, ‘It is always darkest and coldest arts and crafts or handling dog sleds.
stationed in Bremerton, Washington from November 1970 far from the Bering Sea and if I thought before the dawn.’ John, a native Alaskan himself, was the
to March 1971 and with no exaggeration during this stent, the sun Anchorage was cold, I was in for a rude person to bring those traditions and skills
Bud Loftus, Corporate came out for one whole day. Although this is a beautiful place awakening. He went so far as to advise Lisa gave me a tour of the facility, and out of people who have lost their way.
it rains too much for me! When the word reached me that my me maybe I should go to the local Wal- if you know anything about Alaskan John even had me believing a boy from
department was sending me to Alaska for a week, I wondered if Mart and update my cold weather attire. tundra, you’d know you can’t build South Florida would drive an eight dog
it was anything like Seattle. Isn’t Alaska outside the continental I thanked him and let him know I’d take directly on top of it. This is because the sled team across seven miles of frozen
U.S.? Will I need a passport? I don’t even have heavy coat, the last that under advisement. As I hung up, I surface is permafrost. It is literally frozen tundra; which I did until the day I left.
new pair of shoes I bought were flip flops from Wal-Mart. realized he made that call out of a certain all year with an exception of the top foot
concern for my well being and that made or so that thaws out for one month in the It was quite an experience to say the
I flew into Anchorage and upon landing the pilot came over the PA me smile. Who does that anymore? summer. If someone built upon it, the least. I have been to numerous places
system announcing it was a balmy 23 degrees. There was snow on structure would sink into the ground. So, in GEO’s portfolio; I have met some
the ground, which I haven’t seen in 25 years! I gazed at the Currier Upon touching down in Bethel, it was 8 Alaskans build all structures on pilings beautiful and interesting people but the
and Ives lithograph scenery out of my car window as I drove to a.m., 8 degrees and still as dark as night driven deep into the soil. Tundra Center just so happened to be the
my hotel. This amazing landscape actually hurt my eyes due to the outside. The airport didn’t even have a jet warmest place I ever visited. The people
immense expanse of the whole scene as it unfolded in front of me. way to walk into the terminal. As I walked Lisa regaled me of all kinds of Alaska there are constantly smiling and I can’t
The mountains provided a backdrop to a stage that seemed surreal. from the plane, I wondered out loud, flora and fauna, telling me the state bird help but wonder if it’s because their faces
After all this coming from a guy who thought Clematis Street in “Could Sarah Palin actually see Russia of Alaska was the mosquito, which she have froze that way.
West Palm Beach, Florida at night was the epitome of beauty. from her backyard?” Trey and I met Lisa said in a deadpan straight face. Lisa
Yingling the Facility Administrator. Lisa introduced me to John Simon, who is the I left Bethel in nine degree weather and
The next day I met the Regional Director Trey Watson who was picked us up and took us to the facility. Cultural Relevance Coordinator for the did I mention it was dark? I stared out
to be my wingman for the next week. Trey is what you might call The sun had yet to show itself, and did facility. John’s job is to ensure all native the window of the plane and smiled, “I
a fish out of water. Trey hails from the great state of Louisiana; a I mention the temperature had dropped Alaskans, especially the young people think I can see Russia!”
real southern gentleman up in this corner of the world. On our last down to 5 degrees? who were housed at the Tundra Center,
L-R: Bud Loftus & John Simon with two of John’s champion sled dogs. day in Anchorage before heading to Bethel, Alaska and the Tundra were in touch with their native heritage
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A Decade of Service
shrimp, fried alligator bites, prime rib,
ham, and much more. The event was
complete with a big cake decorated with
the GEO/Allen Correctional Center Chaplain David R. Wisdom, GEO Val Verde Correctional Facility
patch and an ice sculpture depicting the
relationship between GEO and the LA
Department of Corrections. We even es it was a decade ago, January many people have come and gone but Guillermo Mijares.
had Geronimo (pictured right) on display, 15, 2001, this facility officially a select few have remained faithful and Third Row (standing) L – R: Maria Martinez, Terry
(our last remaining horse that was here Fernandez, Warden John Campbell, Deputy Warden
opened. Since that time, through are still on the VVCF staff. They also Mark Scott, Frank Luevano, Ponce Padron, CO Joseph
from the beginning). Since its opening the leadership of Senior Warden John have contributed to the success of this Contreras, Captain Jose Cruz, CO Rafael Moreno and
in 1990, ALC has had three Wardens: R. Campbell and Deputy Warden Mark facility. Our “congratulations” to the CO Carlos Sanchez.
Larry Jean, O. Kent Andrews and Scott this facility has grown to its following employees on your ten years Fourth Row (standing) L – R: CO Barbara Reyes,
currently Terry Terrell. All 3 wardens current level of success. of faithful service. Maricela Scott, CO Jimmy Lujan, CO Antonio Barton,
were in attendance for the event. CO Joseph Paetzold, CO Jose M. Cervantes, CO
Ramiro Ramirez, CO Jorge Gonzalez and CO Jorge
We began operations with six housing Val Verde Correctional Facility – Ten Year Group Madero.
First Row: L – R: Leticia Morales, Willie Fontenot, Not Pictured: CO Susan Garcia, Lt. Viola Martinez,
Those honored for their 20 years of units and an 842-bed capacity and Leticia Medrano, CO Gracie Searles, Traveystene CO Irene Lopez, Captain Hector Montalvo, Eloy
Service (pictured left) to Allen Correctional we’ve grown to nine housing units Green, Norma Villalpando-Zavala and Mary Reyna. Santellanes, Larry Kaler, Linda Jimenez and Jennifer
Center were: with a 1,344-bed capacity. Over the Second Row: L – R: Juventino Cirilo, Jr., Jesus Garcia.
Ruby Montou, Daniel Granger, past ten years, many things have Rodriguez, Maria Esparza, Santa Villarreal, Nora
happened, many things have changed, Martinez, Captain Luciano Reyes and Captain
Leroy Meaux, Tracey Pruitt, Melinda
Moreau, Robert Tillis, Ken Rider,
Chris Wharton, Anthony Allemand,
llen Correctional Center (ALC) Gloria Griffin, Bobby Young, Curley
recently reached a milestone, Michelle Harmon, Clifford Burgess,
when it celebrated its 20 year Jackie Woods, James Chaumont,
Syble Ryder, anniversary on Tuesday, November 9, Mark Estes, John Fred Ryder, Charles
Allen Correctional Center 2010. The event was held at the center Sonnier, Ed Shirley, Freddie Haymon,
in Kinder, Louisiana. Guest speakers Lasonya Fruge, Josie Berry, Genifier
were Chief of Operations for the Fontenot, Donald Whittington, Judy
Louisiana Department of Public Safety Clement, Lydia Fontenot & O. Kent
& Corrections (LDPSC) Jeff Travis Andrews.
and Former Secretary LDPSC Richard
Stalder. Vice-President for the GEO
Eastern Region, David Donahue was Also honored was Pricilla Pitre, who is an
also a keynote speaker highlighting the employee for the State of Louisiana, but
achievements of ALC staff. Employees has been assigned to Allen Correctional
at the facility who had been employed for Center since it opened in 1990. On
20 years were honored as the mainstay Wednesday night, November 10, 2010
of ALC success. After the awards the 20 year employees were honored
presentation, a buffet style lunch was with an offsite party at the Veranda at the
provided with all the Louisiana favorites, Kosati Pines Golf course, where again
such as, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, fried good food and fun was had by all.
Business received) the Area Business of the Year
Award from the Special Olympics San
The Central Region began its partnership
with Special Olympics in 1999 when
of the Year Antonio Office. each facility was challenged to conduct
year-round fund raising events. The
This nomination was then forwarded cumulative fund raising total is then
to the State Office as a candidate for presented to SOTX at our annual golf
the State Business of the award. The tournament. The facilities also “compete”
Donna Blanton, nominations were reviewed by the for a Director’s Cup Award listing the top
Central Region Office Special Olympic Chapter Volunteer fund raiser for the year.
Committee who selected GEO from
eed Smith, (pictured with members of the seven organizations nominated in Past winners include Coke County,
the Special Olympics) Central Region this category. GEO will be listed in Karnes County (3 time winner), Central
VP, proudly accepted the 2010 the Special Olympics Texas Sports TX Detention (4 time winner), Reeves
Business of Year Award presented by Information Guide and the Special County (2 time winner) and Lockhart
Special Olympics of Texas during the Olympics Annual Report which is Correctional. To date, the Central Region
Annual Fall Classic in College Station, distributed to coaches, key volunteers, facilities have donated approximately
Texas. GEO was nominated for (and and others statewide. $1.2 million to Special Olympics Texas.
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Recognition Celebrate our Staff!
of Operational Julie Lowry, ASP-Florence West
SP-Florence West chose to celebrate their
most valuable resource – its staff. Looking
Garry Ross, Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility back over the past year, the employees held
he Northern District of United States Marshals Service has barbeques, a Halloween potluck and a Thanksgiving
recognized Mrs. Evelyn Byars, Health Services Administrator potluck. They ended the year with a Christmas pot-
for the Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility. Mrs. Byars received luck celebration where all the staff received a gift card
a commendatory plaque for her unit’s outstanding commitment to, and some participated in a gift exchange.
and support of, the mission of the United States Marshals Service.
Through their diligence and dedication, Mrs. Byars and the medical The Employee of the Month (CO Joshua Bird),
staff at RADDF have developed an excellent reputation among the Employee of the Quarter (Brenda Duran), Supervisor
community, client, and detainees for excellence in medical care. of the Quarter (Lt. Larry Madoneczky), and a One-Year
Service Award (Brenda Duran) were also presented
L-R: Warden L. Rollerson, Ms. E. Byars, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Brady. during the celebration. It was important to ensure the
employees of Florence West felt appreciated and to
end the calendar year on a positive note.
The Sun Sets on Another Year
Christmas potluck workers.
Dwight Sims, Reeves County Detention Center
Making Resourcesthe Best
s 2010 drew to a close, one who
has been associated with Reeves
County cannot help but to replay Use of Existing
the year’s events in their mind. RCDC Sheryl Augstum, Central Arizona
I/II has made great progress during the
past 12 months. The achievements Correctional Facility
noted below could not have been Computer improvements the items, pending
accomplished without the commitment fter several months of not their delivery to the
and dedication of facility staff, Reeves having an IT Tech, we were administrative staff.
County officials, GEO Regional and fortunate to hire Juan (Johnny)
Corporate staff. Facility progress and Vargas in September of 2010. Juan has With our new ability
activities included the following; an impressive background in computer to download remotely
repair, and has been able to rebuild to the file from
• January 2010-Commenced a year some of the equipment we thought was the administration
dedicated to employee retention to permanently unusable, resulting in a area, this process
be accomplished through in-service considerable savings to the company by has been enhanced
training, supervisory training, increased not having to replace the equipment. tremendously. Access
opportunities for off-site/specialized is restricted to the
training and an increased emphasis was In addition, a real time saver for the Warden, Deputy Warden and Chief of due to the metal contained in them. By
also placed on ‘Management By Walking Warden, as well as the Security Staff, Security. removing the metal hangers they become
Around’ for all department heads. These was the creation of a downloaded file very durable file folders, suitable for use
tactics assisted in reducing the facility into their permanent buildings and construction included installation of for viewing of informational events Stretching our Office Supply Budget in all areas of the facility.
turnover by 11% in 2010. vacant temporary settings: Maintenance/ high mast lighting and installation of a such as inmate altercations, medical As we all know, there are never enough
• April 2010-The Reeves County Warehouse, Central Laundry, Education/ full camera/DVR system throughout the emergencies, injuries etc. from the manila file folders to go around, especially Not only does this utilize folders that
Detention Centers raised $10K for Chapel, Health Services, Mailroom, facility. Completion of Phase III finalized DVR system. at this time of year. And trying to keep would be sitting in the Warehouse for
Special Olympics of Texas, earning the Commissary, and Visitation. the $45M construction project. everyone supplied results in sending our years to come, it cuts down on the need
Central Region Director’s Cup Trophy. • September 2010-Completion of • October 2010-RCDC Honor Guard Previous access to recorded information office supply budgets through the roof. for buying new file folders quite as
• May 2010-The Reeves County Detention Phase III Construction resulted in the assisted the Reeves County Sheriff required a supervisor to gain access to Our Warehouse Mgr. Mark Rambus often.
Centers raised almost $15K for Relay for activation of a new 384-bed housing unit, in escorting a Fallen Hero from the recording equipment located on a suggested we modify the green
Life, one of the highest teams in Texas. increasing total facility capacity to 2407 Afghanistan. mezzanine on the upper level of housing Pendaflex hanging folders we have We at the Central Arizona Correctional
• June 2010-Completion of Phase and new Booking/Discharge building. • December 2010-The Education unit #2. This involved the cost of the had stored in the warehouse since the Facility are constantly trying to find
II Construction resulted in bringing An additional 24 employees were hired Department maintained a 78% GED CDs on which to burn the incident, long facility opened. They are not allowed ways to use the resources we already
312-beds on line, and the hiring of 40 to fulfill mandated staffing requirements passing percentage. The percentage term storage for them and minimized in the areas with inmate contact (such have, thereby conserving materials for
additional employees. Also the following associated with the new beds, bringing would have been higher, but 5 inmates confidentiality and accountability of as Education, Visitation, Library etc., the environment and keeping a lid on
operational areas were able to move the total number of FTE’s to 360. Other were 1 point short. our spending.
enhancements during this phase of
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by American Cancer Society /
Relay for Life
Dwight Sims, Reeves County Detention Center
he Reeves County Detention Centers (RCDC)
were recently visited by Ms. Haley Burks-
Ragsdale, Manager for the High Plains
Division of the American Cancer Society to thank
the facilities for their support and fundraising efforts
to assist in the fight against cancer. The facilities
raised money by auctioning off prime parking spaces
GEO each week, turkey bowling, bake sales, raffles and
BBQ lunch plates. These events raised $15,000 that
was donated to Relay for Life in May 2010. This
was a huge achievement and the staff efforts were
phenomenal to ensure this goal was met.
Stephen Fuller & Gina Larsen, Corporate
As the year end totals came in, Ms. Burks-Ragsdale
advised the RCDC was ranked amongst the highest Reeves CDC Platinum Team accepting the recognition from Ameri-
n 2010, the GEO workplace was in charitable walks and runs to shape up an impressive 109,000 miles! That is teams in the State of Texas and #10 in the High Plains can Cancer Society and Relay for Life.
recognized by the American Heart for a great cause. more than 4 times around the world! Division. Ms. Burks-Ragsdale stated, “Your team
Association for meeting criteria for compared to a team from West Texas Summit in Odessa,
is the number 10 team in the West Texas Region. Midland.” Texas on January 21 and 22.
employee fitness. GEO facilities across In September, GEO Corporate employees As we follow the success of 2010, Our region includes El Paso, Midland, Odessa, San
the globe experienced great success with participated in the Bridgebuster 5K to we encourage you help GEO reach The facility fully shares in the
Angelo, Abilene and all the towns and counties The facility continues to be American Cancer Society’s goal
GEO’s wellness initiatives including the support the Arc of Palm Beach County. In our wellness goal of PLATINUM in between. That is a huge accomplishment!!!!
Mission Slim Possible and Detain the October, South Florida GEO facilities, as Achievement in 2011! Please take part highly involved in Relay for Life of “Creating a world with more
Especially when you look at the size of Pecos and has been invited to attend the birthdays and less cancer.”
Gain: Start! Walking programs. well as the Val Verde facility participated in our wellness programs to become
in the Start! Heart Walk and 5K to a healthier you as your New Year‘s
For this success, GEO is recognized as support the American Heart Association. resolution! We also encourage you to
a “Fit-Friendly Company” and has been Also, in November, South Florida GEO support charities and walk for GEO in
GEOfit GEOstrong GEOproud
awarded WINNER OF THE GOLD local events. Let’s make 2011 great and
locations participated in the Leukemia
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY THE continue to be GEOstrong, GEOfit, and
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION! and Lymphoma walk. This is just to GEOproud for a great cause!
Not only did employees name a few, GEO facilities across the
globe walked and ran their way to better Anna Garcia, Val Verde Correctional Facility
participate in GEO’s Pictured Above: South Florida GEO facilities
health to support many local and national
programs to better fitness participated in the Start! Heart Walk.
levels, they also participated charities. In 2010 GEO employees walked nce again GEO Val Verde 2010 along with several GEO employees great, stay healthy, be active and have
Correctional Facility in Del Rio, and their families. It only took a little fun doing it. For some, this is only the
Texas has proven that just a little encouragement but we all managed beginning towards building a healthier,
to get out there and finish a 5k. With happier life.
honors for some as follows, out of 222
participants overall our very own Mrs. We look forward to continuing to enter
Green took 3rd place in her age group. upcoming events such as this one not
Ms. Garcia 3rd place in her age group only to stay active but for the experience
Anna Garcia, Val Verde Correctional Facility and 2-10 Officer Ponce also placed 3rd and contribution in our part to help our
in his age group. community. And again all of this with
the GEOfit GEOstrong GEOproud
al Verde Correctional Many rewards come from getting made the choice to maintain a This social event sponsored twice a year Mission Slim-Possible program in
Facility in Del Rio Texas fit, staying fit and keeping a healthy healthier lifestyle and achieve for the past 12 years by the CHIC Del mind from the very start. Thanks to our
is proud to congratulate diet, but there are a few benefits their weight-loss goal. Success Rio Community Health Improvement Warden Campbell and Deputy Warden
Officer Morin on his dedicated that may not come to mind: Sound begins with believing in your self Coalition took place Saturday morning Scott for all your support.
weight-loss efforts over the 2010 mind, sharp concentration and and support for someone else. to benefit the community. The money
year totaling 51 lbs. Adhering to alertness. These benefits contribute Don’t just take the challenge, received from the registrations goes Front: Captain Pena, Christina Padilla; Front Row:
a modified lifestyle consisting of to keeping ourselves and everyone BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Officer Ponce, Katelyn (Ms. Garcia’s daughter), Ms.
right back to the community. Apart Garcia, Lt Bernal, Letty Medrano; Top Row: Lt. Mar-
exercising regularly and healthier in our line of work safe. CONGRATULATIONS TO encouragement can go a long way…a from the rewarding experience that we tinez, Officer Sanchez, Robert Klapetzky, Candace
eating habits, made Morin’s OFFICER MORIN & KEEP UP 5k long way. It was such a pleasure to got from participating and successfully (Wilkinson’s daughter), Mrs. Green and Officer
weight-loss goal possible. Morin, along with other employees THE GREAT WORK! have participated in the 5k event that completing an athletic event as this one Wilkinson.
that are a part of this mission, was held in Del Rio on Saturday, Oct. 2, just makes everyone feel good, look
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Linda Quintana, Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility
he Northeast New Mexico Detention
Facility Maintenance Department and
its inmate work crew have been busy
working on community service projects
during the last quarter. On the left, Physical
Plant Manager Jim Mize and SFC Shawn
Rossen pose beside the new sign created by
the maintenance crew for Clayton’s Army
National Guard Armory. SFC Rossen is the
Armory’s Readiness NCO. The department
On your mark... also made and painted lawn ornaments for
school students in nearby Texline, Texas. The
crew made 76 of the ornaments, one for every
student in Texline.
“Normal?” Coming Through in the Clutch
Kalia Mancell, Corporate Kevin Martin, Aurora ICE Processing Center
L ooking up at the sky would give
you every indication the rain was
going to pour down any second on
the runners of the GEO Sponsored Arc
Bridgebuster 5K race. Miraculously, the
physical therapy, for children up to the age
of 10 who are unable to walk or talk.) This
school has motivated Brenna to do what
the “other” kids do. Brenna, now seven,
can use a pediatric walker, without straps
of us take for granted, but he takes as an
When you open your eyes, most of you
will be fortunate enough to keep this in
O ver the last 23 years the staff
of the Aurora ICE Processing
Center have been tasked
with and obtained many goals. All
of which pale in comparison to the
Aurora employees with the
toys for the toy drive.
rain clouds parted giving way to a bright or a seat. With the sun lighting her path, your imagination. It isn’t your reality. But last 6 months of 2010. In July we
sun shining through on the life of the main Brenna not only has taken steps to lead what if it was... were formally notified activation of
contestant, a little girl named Brenna the runners of the Bridgebuster race, but the new 1100-bed facility was fast
Evans. (Pictured above with her mother Tara) Today was able to take the first steps in her new Brenna and Chase have redefined what it tracked and we would be moving the
was her day to redefine what it means to journey. is to be “normal.” detainee population as well as GEO,
be “normal.” It may be time for Immigration and Court staff offices in
Another motivated participant of the the rest of us to a matter of weeks. During this time
Close your eyes. Image for a moment you Bridgebuster, and member of the ARC catch up to them period and the months to follow the
are a child and every “normal” thing you school, is Chase Chimenti (pictured right and appreciate new facility was audited, toured and and records. By Monday morning the and line staff, these members are
take for granted in your life today was with his sister Chloe). Chase was born with a the blessings we inspected by nearly every facet of facility was fully operational, programs tasked with continuing two decades
gone. You can no longer walk. You can not reduced lung capacity which took a turn have, especially DHS and ICE. Audits consisted of a were taking place, visitors were lining of tradition by giving back to the
speak. You can’t even go to school. You for the worse when his lung tragically the ones we take pre-occupancy inspection by MGT as up and both Immigration Customs community through food drives, gift,
can see the sun coming through the clouds, collapsed on a couple of occasions. Since for granted. well as an annual performance based Enforcement and the Executive Office clothing and school supply donations
but you’re not capable of expressing how birth, Chase was in and out of hospitals ICE inspection covering 886 separate for Immigration Review were ready which are provided to a local battered
beautiful it is. due to his reduced lung function, however, components. Tours of the facility for business. women’s shelter as well as annual
his parents discovered late last year that included local law enforcement and events supporting the Association
At birth, Brenna was missing 80% of Chase actually had several food allergies: emergency services, city council, On November 17th the efforts of for Retarded Citizens. The detainee
her cerebellum, the part of the brain that corn, wheat, nuts & eggs. These allergies state representatives, and members of every staff member was recognized population also assists by making
controls all motor movement. So her were the cause of his breathing problems. congress. with the first 100% ACA compliance baby blankets and caps through a
prognosis was she would never have the Since this discovery, Chase has only review in Aurora’s 23 year history. new vocation program implemented.
ability to walk, talk, or go to school like visited the emergency room one time. While months of planning had taken In true Aurora fashion, we could not These items are then donated to the
“other” children. Thanks to her loving place for the actual movement, no one just limit ourselves to moving into a local Children’s Hospital. 2010’s
parents, Brian and Tara, and her strong The ARC school Chase attends has made could be sure every detail had been new state of the art facility, developing grand finale involved a holiday toy
will, Brenna proved the prognosis wrong. substantial strides with him. With his covered. It was 3 a.m. Saturday morning new procedures for every department, drive which resulted in 30 children
When Brenna was three, she started at new verbal skills he is able to say several and the facility was alive, with the training all staff on new equipment and receiving a Christmas that may have
The Arc of Palm Beach County Potentials words: outside, dad, ma, more. He has transfer of the current population just the dozens of other tasks needed for a otherwise not been possible due to
School. (The Arc provides integrated, now learned how to sign words such as minutes away. Although the buildings successful move, we also organized their situations. Staff also collected
therapeutic education, combining thank you, more, yes, eat, etc. Chase has are only 300 feet apart every precaution a formal committee referred to as clothing and personal hygiene items
intensive classroom learning experiences also improved his motor skills and is running ov
er needed to be taken to ensure safe “The Focus on the Fun Committee.” which will be donated to the battered
with speech/language, occupational, and able to grab with his hands. A skill most Participantsuster! transfer of the population, property
the Bri dgeb Incorporating both administrative women’s shelter for those in need.
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New Phoebe House
Shihpei Stevenson, Northwest Detention Center
hile most of us them every year since she came
gathered around our to work for GEO in 2006.
family and loved Each year she was amazed at
ones to celebrate Christmas, the generous donations of our
many others were experiencing staff. This year she was again
separation from their family pleasantly surprised as staff
Rabbits Gone Wild or even suffering from responded to her donation
homelessness. At the Northwest request with overwhelming
Detention Center we decided kindness—almost $1,100
Jeff Hinshaw, New Castle Correctional Facility Volunteer Group with the rabbits. to do something to help those for the shelter—the highest
who are less-fortunate have donation that she has ever
a memorable Christmas. Ms. received!
O ne day, not so long ago, in the far away as Ohio. Now, before we think Angel Worx distributes bags during the Dayle Nelson, our secretary,
PLUS (Purposeful Living Units – as you may have already – that this was holiday seasons; this year’s bags, which with the assistance of the Ms. Nelson purchased 15-$50
Serve) Program at New Castle a real floppy-eared rabbit, rest assured normally include food and hygiene shift supervisors provided the gift cards with the donation.
Correctional Facility (NCCF), a floppy it was an elaborate pattern, drawn on a items, included a PLUS Critter which perfect opportunity to do so. She delivered the gift cards
eared rabbit was seen in the housing large piece of donated cloth. It consisted were given to disadvantaged seniors They coordinated a Christmas along with the remaining cash
unit. of a series of outlines traced onto a throughout the county. There were 200 fundraiser for the New Phoebe donation to the New Phoebe
flower-patterned material. bags with 200 distinct critters in each. House (NPHA), a local women’s House the day before Christmas
The PLUS. Program is a voluntary, live- This was the PLUS program’s largest shelter. Eve, so that the women could
in, Faith/Character based program for This lone hare was the “mother of single donation to date.
offenders in the facility with a desire to invention” so-to-speak, when it comes purchase Christmas presents
leave the criminal thinking and behaviors to the PLUS Critter Project – the name The NPHA is a publicly-supported non-profit organization for their children and that the cash donation would help the
behind. It’s an opportunity for them to affectionately given to the animals by the The participants of the program that provides housing, support, and life skill education to operation expenses of the shelter.
live in a structured environment and find men who sew them. By December of 2010, developed an idea that would impact women impacted by substance abuse in the Pierce County,
new ways of behavior while focusing on the project had multiplied like the rabbit not only their local community, but also Washington, area. The NPHA specializes in treating women
core values such as honesty, respect, and from that solitary beginning to hundreds the larger community surrounding the
facility. This is the essence of programs with a history of methamphetamine abuse; their goals are to It is our sincere hope that the residents in the shelter would be
tolerance. The rabbit’s sheer presence of critters being shipped to programs at NCCF. help them live a sober, clean life, achieve self-sufficiency, able to provide a memorable Christmas for their family, and
turned the program on its ear. throughout the local community. Various become a better parent, and ultimately develop into an asset that they will eventually achieve what they are in the shelter
volunteer groups, such as Angel Worx, to the community. for—an independent, productive life in the community we all
This was not an ordinary, floppy-eared an outreach program sponsored by the So, the next time you see a piece of scrap share together.
rabbit, but one that by mere providence Henry County Senior Advisory Board, the cloth that seemingly would be worthless,
found its way into the program through Emmaus Center of Logansport, Indiana, remember that someone’s scrap is Ms. Nelson had been a supporter of the NPHA for many
a pile of donated material. Little did the and Logansport Law Enforcement, have another persons green giraffe with purple years. She organized collection efforts to raise money for L-R: Gayle Elliott & Dayle Nelson
participants know that their idea would benefited from the countless hours given polka dots and a blessing to seniors in a
find donations hopping in from places as to sewing these critters. community somewhere in the Mid-west.
Cook-off Success Garry Ross,
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
Ana Garcia, Val Verde Correctional Facility
O n Sept 25, 2010 Correctional Officer
Avalos took an opportunity to enter
“The Dave Sitchler Memorial
Cook Off” (held locally) to demonstrate
Mr. Avalos does not hesitate to volunteer his
time and talent towards cooking /grilling
for facility events, special occasions/
gatherings, employee appreciation meals
O n November 4, 2010, the Warden
and Staff of the Robert A. Deyton
Detention Facility held their
Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation
Dinner in honor of the selfless volunteers
Warden also offered a plaque to Reverend
John Davis, Volunteer of the Year, for his
Entertainment was provided by Reverend
his wonderful skills in outdoor cooking. and even for his family members. His who have assisted in caring for the Davis and our own Chaplain Don Bowen,
Knowing he had a gift, Avalos confidently never-ending smile and warm hearted spiritual needs of our detainees. who sung both spiritual songs and some
entered three categories: chicken, ribs and personality can be felt when you eat his country western music.
brisket. food. The dinner, attended by over 80
volunteers, was preceded by a “Thank Warden Rollerson presents the Volunteer of the Year
Mr. Avalos placed as follows:1st place in Our generous Warden Campbell gives You” address from the Warden. After
chicken, 2nd place in ribs, 3rd place in his full support when employees enter Award.
dinner was served, the Warden presented
brisket. His gift in cooking goes beyond socializing and rewarding events such as each volunteer with a Certificate of
an ordinary love and enjoyment for this this one. Appreciation and a small gift. The
pastime. If an opportunity should arise,
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Good Will During Holidays Giving Back Baptism
David Justice, Big Spring Correctional Facility Jacqueline Sedillo, Regional Correctional Center at Sons
Chaplain P Montoya,
Northeast New Mexico
n October 30, 2010, I
witnessed a joyful and
momentous occasion in the
Chapel at Northeast New Mexico
Detention Facility. I witnessed
nineteen men from the facility come
forward for baptism. These men,
who had been studying and learning
scripture for some time, made a
decision to be baptized in the Sons of
Light Church, a nondenominational
inmate church at our facility.
andshakes, hellos, smiles and schools as well as serving food at Noon This was special to me because
hugs. We all affect one another Day Ministry for a total of 192 hours even though as Chaplain I just
in the simplest of ways. Here at this year alone. Inmates were also able oversee the church, I saw what was
RCC, we are happy to say that giving to contribute by donating funds to being accomplished by the men, the
aturday, December 4, was the Interpretation of Theme and Best Use of BSCC staff also contributed generously back to the Community is something various organizations. $6,000 went to Pastor, the Elders and Deacons of the
Community Christmas Parade. Lighting. BSCC staff riding on the red, to area efforts of Christmas for the Troops we pride ourselves upon. This year Noon Day Ministry, $3,200 to Foster inmate church. The men gathered
Its theme was “A Star Spangled white and blue float proudly donned and The Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family we collectively interacted with the and Adoption and $2,000 went to Toys in the facility for worship services,
Christmas.” The parade featured the service uniforms and displayed flags and Angel Trees. community in a number of ways. for Tots. We find great significance in both in English and Spanish. They
first GEO Corrections float in Big Spring from each branch of the military. All Employees took part in three blood being a reliable community partner and have formed music groups for both
designed and built by staff assigned to GEO staff can relish this honor which Pictured Above: Staff and family members of BSCF ride
on the “Best in Show” float. drives for the United Blood Services will continue to “Give Back.” languages. They teach and reach out
the Airpark Unit. The float was awarded was achieved by the few who actually of New Mexico, giving a total of 48 to everyone, and it is through their
the “BEST IN SHOW” honor, as well toiled on it. units. One unit alone has the potential Picture Above: Foster and Adoption contribution. efforts that groups such as this group
as awards for Best Costuming, Best to save 3 lives! We contributed time and of nineteen men have made their
supplies to students at a variety of local decision to further the walk with
their Lord and strive toward bettering
Dedication to the Community! GEO’s emphasis on rehabilitation is
Lindsey Garcia, Karnes Correctional Center Christmas Project evident through religious programs
such as this. These men aren’t
promised lump sums or any rewards,
arnes Correctional Center is well Linda Quintana, yet they still do it on their own.
known around Karnes County, not Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility I pray and hope that in the not too
only for being the prison in the town distant future these men will be out
but for always lending a helping hand for ortheast New Mexico Detention in society sharing their faith with
the community when needed. The facility Facility Therapeutic Community others, and they will be a good
always takes part in the Toys for Karnes Director Dan Hutchison (center) is influence on people’s lives.
County Tots. Every year around Christmas pictured with the two raffle ticket winners.
the facility holds several fundraisers such Two afghans crocheted by TC Department
as Frito Pie and Chili Cheese Hot Dog inmates were the prize. The price of a raffle
sales, baked goods sales, and their biggest ticket was one skein of yarn. The extra yarn
fundraiser is a BBQ downtown Karnes City was used to create more afghans, winter hats
at the Fire Station. We sold hamburgers, and slippers. These items are donated to
cheeseburgers, barbeque on a bun and Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
sausage wraps as well as chips, sodas, and by the TC Department every Christmas. The
baked goods. lucky winners are (left) Classification Clerk
Sheri Scott and (right) Human Resources
Cook Warden Barry preparing & cooking sausage. Jordan River.
Specialist Susan Schroeder.
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“Like a Good Toy Drive
Neighbor, South Wrapping Up
Bay is There!!” Amy Gillus, Rivers
Betty Ciggs, South Bay Correctional Facility
hildren should not go without
eing a part of a community goes to the economy and pleaded a present at Christmas. So,
well beyond a physical address. with us to supply all 100 while several area toy drives in
South Bay Correctional Facility turkeys. SBCF was more Winton, NC were winding down, the
(SBCF) is proud to serve our community than happy to accommodate Rivers Correctional Institution (RCI)
wound up. A local family, including
as well as share in its mission. Being a the mayor’s request. Not only
good neighbor is more of an important were we willing to supply the eight children, was in need of a little joy.
than being a good resident. “Like a 100 turkeys our staff hand Heartfelt employees at RCI provided
good neighbor, South Bay Correctional delivered the turkeys to the those children with the delight they were
Facility is there!” staging site and assisted in serving the as well as other settlements in the region. looking for, in the form of presents.
food to the recipients. Clothing, food, and medical supplies are
SBCF has always taken part in giving for still in demand for the survivors. “What was most exciting was the sight
the holidays. During Thanksgiving the Also during this season, SBCF partnered of the grandmother’s eyes…so grateful,”
local mayor solicited numerous businesses with the local Red Cross, via a local South Bay Toys for the needy projects has Amy said.
in the area to donate different food items ministry, to supply clothing relief to the been very successful over the past several
towards the community Thanksgiving island of Haiti for Christmas (pictured with years. The carpentry department has Names in picture –J. Miner (Warden)
luncheon for needy families. Our facility staff). Again, the staff came through with made over 1,000 toys for needy families Sherri Kirk local family A. Gillus
donated a portion of the turkeys, or flying colors. Staff donated numerous over the past decade. This worthy project (Community Relations Liaison), S.
side items in years past, but this year boxes of clothing and toys for this provides children with gifts on Christmas Jernigan (A/W Secretary), J. Perkerson
was atypical. The mayor presented his endeavor. Haiti is still recovering from the morning that might not otherwise get (Assistant CMC)
request to the facility by stating all but massive earthquake back in January that gifts.
one other business has backed out due caused major damage in Port-au-Prince Photo: Local people helping local children.
Unity & was enough to excite the LaSalle team to plan
for a bigger and better next year.
1st Place Parade
Community As a celebration of the past year at the LDF, the Marshall County Correctional Facility
employees planned and hosted their first ever
Our heartbeat for Christmas party! The facility partnered with he Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce announced Marshall
County Correctional Facility’s “Polar Express” float as the
the holidays! the Town of Jena to secure the Jena Fairbarn
as their location for this grand event. This first place winner in the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. Several
Angelo D. Golatt, was an evening that would not be forgotten Christmas parades rolled through downtown Byhalia and Holly Springs
with nearly 40 entries participating in each parade. Congratulations to
LaSalle Detention Facility by the employees and their guests. The party
everyone who participated in the design and creation of the float.
included breathtaking holiday décor, a live DJ,
he room was abuzz with chatters on site photographer, food catered by Tasteful
of anticipation and smiles glowing Occasions Catering of Shreveport, LA, tons The MCCF float received 1st place in the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce 2010 Holly Jolly
at the sight of the toys and gifts of door prizes, and a 20 foot Christmas tree. Christmas Parade.
scattered about the floor. This scene did The room looked and sounded like more than
not take place in a family living room, just a “work party” but a gathering of friends
but in a gymnasium that is over 100 celebrating a season of hope and unity. The
years old! room brimmed with laughter and dancing as
meant to take place. In addition to the ICE and PHS, the facility donated over 100 employees welcomed the close of this year of
This year, the LaSalle Detention Facility business and gazed with excitement to what
holiday festivities, LDF will be assisting gifts and toys to the recipients of the Angel
(LDF) chose to take on, not one, but the next year had in store.
the headstart program in some repairs Tree Project! The project was divided into
three holiday ventures. The project
and revitalization of their 100 year old two areas. Angel Tree wish cards were sent
that was initiated first, and perhaps the This year brought many challenges and
school. to four elementary schools in the area for
most exciting, was a newly developed triumphs, but the season’s mission was clear:
school officials to complete and return.
partnership with the LaSalle Headstart foster unity and change our community, one
Every year, during the holiday season, the Separate wish cards were developed for the
Program. This headstart program step at a time.
employees of LaSalle Detention Facility LaSalle Headstart Program, complete with
provides an excellent quality of early
sponsor an Angel Tree for several of the half a dozen tricycles, table and chair sets,
childhood education and care. Upon Several LaSalle Detention Facility employees delivered a large
elementary schools in the area, this year the and toddler basketball goals. One of Santa’s
meeting the school principal, LDF number of toys to LaSalle Head Start. The gifts were donated by
staff was elated to add LaSalle Headstart elves even came along to help deliver toys LDF employees through an Angel Tree project for the school.
knew this was a relationship that was
to their tree. With the assistance of DHS/ and gift bags. Seeing the children smile
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KSCC : TB Treatment diagnosed through x-rays and sputum
culture which have a 4-6 weeks
turn around time. The strength of
Pieter Jordaan, South African Custodial Management combating TB in this facility is the
follow up system and the team work of
utama Sinthumule Correctional as those offenders diagnosed as nurses as well as the offender support
Centre is a maximum security being positive through x-rays. groups. The facility has not yet had a
correctional centre found in defaulter in the facility’s history, as it
the Limpopo Province in the Vhembe Ongoing monitoring is done is easy for follow ups to be conducted
district in the small town of Louis through Direct Observatory due to fact that offenders are easily
Trichardt. It is the largest prison in the Treatment strategy and collection accessed. Ongoing health education
southern hemisphere with a population of sputum of those on treatment to by an MDR TB doctor from Modimolle.
They took treatment for about 28 months also plays a significant role as it opens
of 3,024 offenders. monitor progress, compliance and non an opportunity for others to understand
converters as well as drug resistant TB. until they were discharged during May
2010. Ongoing monitoring of sputum that the disease is curable only if one
The facility consists of three clinics, Patient counselling on adherence, side adheres to treatment. Support groups of
out patient department and hospital. effects of drugs and progress of the collection and x-ray continue even though
they have completed their treatment. offenders are also of assistance to the
Offenders visit the clinics on a daily disease is an ongoing process until the medical staff.
basis as per schedule for consultation and offender finishes the treatment cycle.
The facility is experiencing a number of
Brisbane Broncos Train
screening of chronic as well as infections After attending a training of trainers
diseases, i.e. TB. The facility has had six Monocular challenges concerning TB of which the
admission of new offenders it the most TB/MDR course, knowledge was
Diagnosis TB offenders. Three were shared amongst colleagues and security
TB is amongst the most infectious referred to Sizwe Hospital between important. Offenders at times arrive Da’en Preston, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre
without their TB patient cards as well personnel by means of On-the-Job
diseases found in the facility due to the 2005 and 2006. In 2007 we had three training.
as sputum results and transfer letters
cross transfers of offenders between the offenders who were diagnosed with Ulti- rthur Gorrie Correctional It was an opportunity well received
Department of Correctional Service and drug Resistance TB. They were taken while their files indicate that they are
on TB treatment. This is quite often Democratic Nursing Organisation of Centre played host to the by the Broncos Coaches and Trainers.
the Kutama Sinthumule Correctional to the Modimolle MDR hospital to start South Africa (DENOSA) with the Brisbane Broncos leading Coach Brian McGrath stated, “With
Centre. The infection rate is about three treatment. They were all nursed in the confirmed by the offender himself. When
an offender is transferred back to the partnership of International Council up to Christmas this month. Staff such young players in our team moving
offenders per month. TB screening takes facility in the isolated ward until they all of Nursing are doing a huge job too by approached the Cub in the hopes up through the ranks and popularity
place on the offender’s arrival at the converted and were discharged to their Department of Correctional Services the
follow-up is hampered due to the fact that including correctional centres in their of attracting the high profile team so quickly, it is important for them
facility. It is also an ongoing process to cells. training as more TB infection is found to facilitate a training session in the to realise there are consequences to
offenders who are in the facility. Sputum some offenders go to Gauteng and other
provinces. in correctional centres. Offenders form centre incorporating the prisoners. their actions and that they are subject
for AFBx2 is taken to the nearest private Their cell mates were screened on part of the society after their release. To our delight the Club accepted and to rules and laws as everyone else. It
laboratory. Turn around time is excellent numerous occasions but were found to Helping of offenders thus helps the sent the full contingent of players is a great opportunity to expose the
as we receive all results within 24 hours. be negative. The three offenders took The other challenge is HIV/AIDS, as including current and past great State players to the possibilities to what they
these offenders are difficult to diagnose society.
Offenders whose smears test positive their treatment from the clinics inside the and Australian players. have to lose and come to expect if they
are start treatment immediately as well facility and were seen every three months through Active Fast Bacilla. Most are misbehave.”
Forty-nine players and staff attended
the centre’s full training session for the The Broncos players seemed to be a little
prisoners to observe concluding with nervous when first entering the centre;
a game of touch football against the however, they relaxed once the training
prisoners at the end of their training. (I started, even joining in mingling with
Vutlhari Benefits that the residents had
sufficient food for the
am happy to report that AGCC prisoners
were the first to score! However went
the prisoners and signing autographs
after their training had finished.
Sandra Harding, Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre festive season. down at the final whistle 2 - 1.)
Greg Howden general manager stated,
R esidents of the Vutlhari Hospice and During a visit to the centre it was found The CEO, Mr. Pheko A prisoner quote, “It was amazing to “The morning was a great success,
Disability Centre at Mamaila near the residents hardly had any food. They Baloyi expressed his see such high profile athletes running thanks to a combined effort of the GEO
Soekmekaar received a more than were preparing meals for 20 people on a gratitude towards KSCC around with us like we were free men; Staff. The Broncos officials agreed to
welcome early Christmas gift from the and said, “Their prayers these are our heroes we grew up with arrange another visit in the New Year.”
two plate stove. There was a shortage of and for me it is a dream come true to
Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre beds, mattresses, linen and there were no had been heard.”
(KSCC) in Louis Trichardt. shake their hands.” Picture Below: Arthur Gorrie prisoners watch on as
toys for the children. the Broncos run through their training drills.
KSCC is now
Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre investigating the The training day comes at an important Picture Above: Operations Manager, Nigel McReaddie
The Centre comprised of three rooms. time, with Christmas coming up provides Brisbane Broncos with a security brief.
has for the past seven years presented an One room is utilized as an office and possibility of assisting
annual charity Golf Day at the local golf Vutlhari in building prisoners tend to reflect on what they
kitchen, while the two other rooms are are missing and this was an opportunity
course. The proceeds of the event are used as bedrooms. One bedroom is for additional rooms to
then donated to a charity or a number of the existing structure to have a positive experience at a time
charities as part of the Center’s way to the children and their caretakers. The when it was needed.
other serves as a bedroom for the male to improve their living
give back to the community. conditions even further.
and senior residents, who are mostly
After a needs assessment was conducted disabled. L-R: Mr. P. Baloyi, CEO of the
wheelchairs, a stove, duvets, plastic chairs,
at Vutlhari, a decision was made that the a television set, a DVD player, DVDs Vutlhari Hospice and Disability Centre, Mr. Lazarus
entire amount of $50,000 would be spent On December 15, 2010 a delegation Ncongwane, Prison Director of the KSCC and Mr.
from KSCC arrived at the centre without for the children, toys, fruit, vegetables Watson Tshivhase, Director Community Affairs
on improving the lives of the residents of and groceries (to name a few) to ensure
Vutlhari. prior notice to deliver 20 mattresses,
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GEO Team Sponsors Top Honors
Tic-Tac-Toe Rodeo Mural Cathee G. Ford, Florida Civil Commitment Center
All puzzles copyright Erich
Friedman, 2011 (Answer: Cathee G. Ford, Florida Civil Commitment Center
pg. 48) uring the past four and
a half years, the Florida
Put an X or O in every white square to avoid 3 Civil Commitment Center
adjacent X’s or O’s horizontally, vertically, or (FCCC) has sent over 80 staff
diagonally. in nine separate classes to the
Correctional Officer Academy at
South Florida Community College.
These candidates endure 15 weeks
of classroom and practical work
including rigorous physical fitness
XX O X
training, firearms certifications, first
aid, legal knowledge, interpersonal
X X skills, defensive tactics and
emergency preparedness. They must
score at least 80% on each respective
exam in order to successfully
O complete the program.
There were a total of 25 candidates
from numerous correctional facilities
in South Florida that completed Class
10-176 that held its graduation ceremony the firing range and David Ford held the As evidence of their abilities, all four
position of Squad Leader. classmates successfully passed the
X on November 16, 2010. FCCC is proud
that each of our four graduates took top
FCCC Facility Administrator Timothy
State Exam the day after graduation
and became Certified Correctional
X honors in this academy class!
Budz, Assistant Facility Administrator
of Operations Darryl Anderson, Training
Michael Payne was chosen by his peers Pictured L-R: FCCC Assistant Facility Administrator of
as Class Leader. Steven Payne earned the Administrator Rex Richey and Contract
Security Ron Lawrenz, Custody Officer Steven Payne,
honor of Top Academic by answering Administrator Rick Hebert represented Custody Officer Travis Wudtke, Custody Officer David
831 out of 850 (98%) of exam questions FCCC on-stage during the graduation Ford, Custody Officer Michael Payne, and Facility
correctly. Travis Wudtke was named ceremony. All were beaming that the Administrator, Timothy Budz.
Top Marksman by shooting 198 out of GEO FCCC staff were the Best in the
Non-Crossing 204 (97%) rounds in the bull’s-eye on Class!
lorida Civil Commitment Center occupying nearly a full city block, before
Puzzle (FCCC) in Arcadia, Florida was
a major sponsor of Arcadia’s
a recognition breakfast at the DeSoto
Restaurant. These staff members were
All puzzles copyright Erich
Friedman, 2011 (Answer:
first mural depicting the history of the
Arcadia All-Florida Championship
being recognized for their dedication to
operating the secure treatment facility LVCCC Saves Christmas
pg. 48) Rodeo. The rodeo, in its 83rd year, is when most of the world is asleep. “It John Casale, Las Vegas CCC
the longest continually running rodeo in takes a special person to work the
Find a path consisting of straight lines that the nation. midnight shift,” affirmed Unit Manager
visits each circle once, and does not cross Natasha Johnson. Ms. Johnson is a life- ounds of children laughing filled Santa witnessed this heartfelt event and
itself. A number n in a circle indicates At the recent mural dedication, Charlotte long Arcadian who works the midnight the Las Vegas CCC this year appeared right on time to pass out the
that it is the nth circle visited. Carter, President of the DeSoto County shift at FCCC and presently supervises during Christmas. If it weren’t presents as well as take photos with the
Mural Society, acknowledged GEO staff twenty-three staff at the facility. for the employees at the center, the residents and their families. Each child
for their support in making the mural reverberations would have been was able to receive approximately four
9 5 possible. “I appreciate GEO’s support of “All staff at FCCC can be proud of GEO’s drastically different. Many of these gifts. When you witness the expression
the DeSoto County community and their involvement with the Mural Society. residents can not afford to buy their on the face of a child who starts the day
effort to bring fine arts to our area,” Ms. This mural is a beautiful addition to our children a single gift let alone be with thinking they will not receive anything,
Carter stated. GEO’s contribution was community that can be prominently seen them for this special holiday. So the not even a hug from their parent on
further acknowledged by a permanent each time you drive into town,” Timothy selfless staff produced a miracle. These Christmas. Then all of a sudden, their The Bureau of Prisons noted this
plaque that was placed on the mural by Budz, FCCC Facility Administrator, bighearted employees donated money little face dramatically lights up with difference in their audit while they
the Mural Society. reflected. to not only purchase gifts but to give hope and happiness when their eyes were here.
a party for the children of the center’s find that parent physically standing in
The midnight shift staff at FCCC Arcadia Mural: The Midnight Shift Staff at FCCC gather residents. The children were rewarded front of them...you know you made a Pictured Above: LVCCC staff who helped with the
at the Rodeo Mural in Arcadia, Florida. with drinks, ice cream and cookies. difference.
recently gathered at the mural, which event. Santa: Social Services Coordinator Robert
3 is painted across the side of a building Mcleod.
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GCCF Donates Halloween Bags Around
to Local Schools the Corner
Guadalupe Correctional Facility
n October 29, 2010 several staff Wayne H. Calabrese
members from Guadalupe County
Correctional Facility (GCCF)
donated and distributed Halloween bags
containing pencils, glow sticks, vampire
teeth, candy, an apple and an orange to local
schools throughout Guadalupe County.
This includes Santa Rosa Elementary, Head
Start, Pre-Kindergarten, Vaughn and Anton
Chico Schools. GCCF staff donated their
time and delivered more than 400 bags.
Sergeant Adam Anaya handing out Halloween bags.
No Tricks, Just Treats
Linda Quintana, Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility
ortheast New Mexico Detention Facility’s staff
filled Halloween gift bags. Approximately
340 bags stuffed with apples, glow sticks,
Halloween pencils, sticker tattoos, and trick-or-treat
safety tips were delivered to children at Alvis and
Kiser Elementary schools and the Clayton Head Start
on Friday, October 29.
Security Clerk Faye Henley, Correctional Officer Erik
McCarroll, Executive Secretary Linda Quintana and the
Admin inmate porter spent the previous day filling the etired...re-tired – sounds like on the recently paved Continuum of Care wish all of my former colleagues continued
bags. Delivering them to the schools on Friday were a word to describe the act of Highway with Chairman George Zoley at professional and personal growth and
Annette Tenorio as her alter ego Penny the Penguin, Lt. putting a new set of tires on the wheel... fulfillment as you build The GEO Group
Jeff Lavallee, Officer McCarroll, Sgt. Ronnie Steen, and an old car before taking off into the world’s service provider of choice.
photographer Ann Brown. The role of the Giant M&M on a long journey...check the oil and the The new set of tires has arrived not a
was played by Rachel Farnum in the morning and by moment too soon, at a time when the
transmission fluid, get out the maps, and
Annette Austin in the afternoon. corrections landscape is rapidly changing
set off on a new adventure... and the old roadways are fast disappearing.
Rachel “M&M” Farnum and Annette “Penny the Penguin” Tenorio handed out The social, moral and human costs of
Halloween gift bags and delivered trick-or-treat safety tips to the children at That pretty much captures the feelings I’m
Clayton Head Start on October 29.
recidivism have grown too burdensome to
having as a new “re-tiree” heading out on ignore; over 700,000 inmates are released
life’s beckoning highways... each year from our nation’s prisons, many
X X OO X X X 9 5 The old car’s still performing reasonably
if not most without any prospect for gainful
employment. There is an intense new focus
X XX OOX well and the new tires feel great...might
even take a few sharp turns now and then
on effective re-entry programs designed to
OO X X OO just to check out their grip on the road...
break the recidivism turnstile, a focus that
aligns well with GEO’s recent acquisitions
XOXO OXX start here
hey, there’s still plenty of tread left to burn,
of Cornell Companies and B.I., and the
announcement by our Chairman of the
OX XO X O company’s new Continuum of Care service
OOXOOX X The same can be said about our great
company. After a quarter century of wear
O X X OO X X O and tear, she was due for a little servicing
and a new set of tires, and with the recent
A new set of tires, steady hands on the
XOX X OOX 3
acquisitions of Cornell and B.I., the
wheel, plenty of blue sky and good road
ahead...I want take this final opportunity to
company is refreshed and ready to head out
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