GEO has implemented a number of unique and innovative programs.
Australia’s Ravenhall Prison Continuum of Care
Ravenhall Prison is redefining the role of prisons through the delivery of the Continuum of Care services provided by the GEO Group. The Department of Justice in the State of Victoria, Australia awarded the project to design, build, finance and manage Ravenhall Prison to the GEO Consortium in September, 2014.
The new Ravenhall Facility will provide unprecedented levels of in-prison and post-release programs aimed at reducing recidivism and helping individuals reintegrate into society. The Ravenhall Facility and GEO will have a unified commitment to providing new approaches to reducing recidivism.
Key features of Ravenhall Prison include a 75-bed Forensic Mental Health Unit and a 25-bed Close Supervision Unit, allowing for the safe and effective management of prisoners with mental health disorders and challenging behaviors; intensive evidence-based programs including the innovative use of in-cell IT-delivered programming; and collaborative partnerships with community based organizations to assist with the successful reintegration of individuals into society.
Construction of the 1,300-bed facility began in early 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2017.
McFarland Gender Responsive Programs
GEO and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation signed a contract in 2014 to reopen the GEO-owned McFarland Community Reentry Facility located in McFarland, CA. The facility houses female inmates and is designed to provide enhanced rehabilitation and recidivism reduction programs designed specifically for women. Implementing the GEO Continuum of Care model, the McFarland facility provides enhanced rehabilitation and recidivism reduction programs, including evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment, GED and Adult Basic Education, Life Skills programs and inmate work and training programs.
GEO partnered with internationally recognized gender responsive consultants to implement the gender-specific programming. The goals are to provide a safe environment where female inmates are treated with dignity, respect, and receive effective gender-responsive services. The women are provided treatment and services that increase their chances for successful reintegration into their communities upon release.
Unique Transition Case Manager Approach at Graceville Correctional Facility
Graceville Correctional Facility has implemented an intensive case management program to facilitate successful inmate transition to the community. Each inmate within 12 months of release is matched with a highly skilled case manager. In bi-weekly one-on-one cognitive behavior sessions, the pair work on lowering criminological needs and transition planning. Inmates are first assessed based on their risk index, or “Risk to Recidivate”. Individual needs and goals are determined from the results of the assessment to develop their transition case plan.
This is a pilot program for GEO Continuum of Care that began in July 2015. Marcey Watson, Classification Manager and the supervisor of the Transition Case Managers, believes this approach will be implemented in other facilities due to the postive impact it is having at Graceville. The facility has had an increase in positive behavior and inmates have called back after their release to let the facility know of the success they’re experiencing in the community due to their participation in the program.
Ms. Watson expressed how wonderful it is to be involved in this Continuum of Care pilot that allows them to contribute to inmates’ transition into the community. “We’re giving the inmates the tools they need to be successful and it will reduce recidivism. We are very excited to be a part of this program.”