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Rivers Correctional Institution

145 Parker's Fishery Road PO Box 840
Winton, NC 27986
Phone: (252) 358-5200
Fax: (252) 358-5202
Capacity: 1,450
Client: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA) Joint Commission (also known as JCAHO)

BACKGROUND: The National Capital Revitalization Act of 1997 mandated that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) house District of Columbia sentenced felons in private contract facilities. The BOP adopted a course of action that included soliciting competitive bids for contract facilities, closing the existing Lorton facility, and transferring the inmates to the contracted facilities. On March 7, 2000, the BOP signed a contract with The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) to provide and operate a low security, adult male facility in Winton, North Carolina. Construction began within a week of contract signing and on March 7, 2001, the BOP approved the completed facility and issued a Notice to Proceed. GEO successfully operated the facility under this original contract through March 2011 and was awarded a new contract to continue operations at Rivers through March 2015.


SCOPE OF WORK: GEO provides comprehensive correctional services to the BOP that include designing, building, financing, owning, operating and managing this double-cell, state-of-the-art correctional facility for low security adult males. In addition to educational programs covering GED, ESL and ABE courses, vocational training is available in building construction, commercial driving and computer technology. Life skills training offered to inmates includes parenting techniques, residential drug abuse programs, and “Doing Time with the Right Mind” - a program designed to teach inmates time management, conflict resolution and preparation for re-entry into society. Inmates have access to a law library, general interest library, and religious services. Inmate services include healthcare, food services, laundry, commissary, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. The facility also offers an industry program called Wheels for the World, a program that donates wheelchairs to the less fortunate and disabled around the world and allows inmates to learn the basics of wheelchair repair.


FACILITY DESCRIPTION: Located on a 257-acre tract in a rural area west of Winton, North Carolina, in Hertford County, the facility is a 347,155 sq. ft. campus design with four housing buildings, indoor and outdoor recreational areas, a central programs building, an administrative building exterior to the two perimeter fences, a prison industries building, and four perimeter guard towers. The healthcare unit’s design is consistent with the predicted needs of the population. A large, fully equipped kitchen provides meals for inmates and staff.


ACCREDITATION: The facility received initial accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2003 and was re-accredited in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Accreditation was received from the Joint Commission (also known as JCAHO) in January 2003 and was re-accredited in 2006 and 2009.

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