North Carolina selects GEO to open 6 offender treatment programs
March 21, 2013
Contact: Monica Hook, BI Incorporated,
After a competitive process, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has selected GEO to implement innovative reentry programs in six cities as a part of a statewide initiative in response to the Justice Reinvestment Act. The programs are called TECS, for Treatment for Effective Community Supervision, and the focus is to reduce recidivism rates and create a structured and supportive environment conducive to successful offender reentry. GEO opened TECS centers in Charlotte and Greensboro in October, and Concord, Gastonia, Asheboro and Salisbury in December.
When it announced the formation of TECS programs in July, the Department of Public Safety said TECS programs would target and serve a greater number of offenders under supervision who have the highest need and are most likely to re-offend. In addition, the state sought to better manage its prison population. The six centers GEO operates will accommodate up to 1,360 clients annually, with the primary focus on cognitive behavioral and substance abuse treatment classes.
“We feel confident we can support North Carolina to quickly implement these innovative centers, and deliver treatment and training that will help get offenders out of the criminal justice system,” said Steve Merrefield, GEO Regional Director.
GEO operates approximately 70 community based programs nationwide; this will be the first time GEO has operated programs for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. GEO programs are cognitive behavioral treatment interventions operating under evidence-based principles. Participants receive treatment to help break cycles of criminal behavior through individual counseling and group classes including:
Drug and alcohol education and treatment
Moral Reconation Therapy® cognitive restructuring therapy
Community connections, where offenders are linked to local resources as needed
Depending on performance, individuals may participate in a TECS program from 120 to 180 days, or until their goals have been achieved. GEO s approach has been proven to reduce recidivism, target employment or full-time school enrollment upon program completion, alter criminal attitudes and behaviors, and generate savings for taxpayers.
About BI Incorporated (www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO), a global leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies. BI provides a full continuum of offender monitoring technologies and community reentry services for parolees, probationers, pretrial defendants and illegal aliens involved in the U.S. immigration court process. BI also owns and operates an ISO-certified national monitoring center, providing 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively to governmental agencies. BI works closely with corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities they serve.