Lockhart Work Program Facility1400 Industrial Boulevard PO Box 1170
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3480
Fax: (512) 398-4551 Capacity: 1,000
Client: Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA) National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
BACKGROUND: The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) received a contract from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to design, build, and manage a male work program facility which opened September 1993. In August 1994, GEO opened a female secure correctional facility co-located with the men’s facility. The original male facility opened as the Lockhart Secure Work Program in 1993. The original building housed minimum security male offenders from the TDCJ-Parole Division. The female facility opened August 8, 1994 and received 100 offenders a day, reaching full capacity within five days.
SCOPE OF WORK: The facility staff concentrates on providing offenders with basic education and pre-employment training. Life skills training, counseling, and substance abuse programs are also available to offenders in order to maximize each offender’s chance to successfully re-enter society. The Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) program teaches responsibility, work ethic, and helps give the offenders pride in their accomplishments. The wages going to the offender are divided to pay court fees, restitution, and other obligations such as child support.
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The 221,500 sq. ft. complex occupies 25 acres of land and consists of a core building with four housing wings. The housing areas flank both sides of the core structure. Each of these housing areas is divided into five different pods consisting of two-person cells. The core area is a one-story building with a mezzanine concrete and steel structure. The core area contains space for administrative offices, counseling, education, recreation and release, visitors, library, and health care. A fully equipped kitchen allows for the preparation of meals for all offenders and staff. There is a gymnasium and outside recreation yards for the offenders’ use.
ACCREDITATION: The facility was initially accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 1995 and re-accredited in 1998, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2011. The facility’s medical program was accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in 1995 with their latest re-accreditation in 2001. Medical services are now provided under a separate contract. The Education Department received accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December 1995 and is re-accredited annually.