News - 2015

SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS SUMMER CELEBRATION

West Caldwell, NJ August 31 -
Over fifty CEC staff members and their families joined together on August 22nd for the second annual CEC Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC) picnic at Pleasant Ridge Park in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Festivities included a kid’s craft table, volleyball, frisbee, music, and most importantly a group of wonderful people having some good old fashioned fun!....

TALBOT HALL RESIDENTS CREATE ART FOCUSING ON RECOVERY

West Caldwell, NJ August 31 -
Residents from Talbot Hall, CEC’s residential reentry facility in Kearny, New Jersey, are contributing their artistic talents to a special art project sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division, and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (GCADA).....

Model Health Care Treatment Services

West Caldwell, NJ August 31 -
CEC takes tremendous pride in providing an extensive array of services for the correctional populations they serve in facilities across the U.S. and Bermuda. Amongst its vast diversification of services is a strong Health Care Services department, a group of dedicated employees that are competent in their delivery of first rate medical care.....

ADAPPT’s Community Involvement Events

West Caldwell, NJ August 10 -
ADAPPT (Alcohol & Drug Addiction Parole & Probation Treatment), in Reading, Pennsylvania is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of community involvement by participating in two recent events that were beneficial for the community and the residents. Residents accompanied by staff joined volunteers with Wells Fargo for Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), Operation Renovation: A Veterans Affair.....

A conversation with Amy Goodbar, Food Service Director, Liberty Hall, Indianapolis IN

West Caldwell, NJ August 10 -
“I love getting the residents ‘ready to go’ every day by making sure they have a good meal to start and end their day. I take great pride in preparing and serving healthy food on a daily basis. My goal is to make a difference in people’s lives, and attention to even the smallest details can uplift someone. Things we take for granted every day, a nice bowl or napkin… For the July 4th holiday I brought nice paper towels with an imprint of the American flag to acknowledge the holiday. If you value what you do, others will feel valued.”.....

CEC JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS, INMATES HELP HOLD THE FLOODWATERS

West Caldwell, NJ August 10 -
Summer rains poured over areas in Illinois causing flooding issues for a large portion of the Jacksonville area. Sandbagging emergency crews were established to help save small towns around Morgan, Greene, Scott, and Pike Counties. CEC in-prison treatment program participants at the Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County volunteered to help create the bags as the Center brought in truckloads of sand for bagging......

A Conversation with Tom Christensen, Assistant Warden, Fannin County Jail

West Caldwell, NJ July 24 -
How did you start your career working in corrections? I began my career as a Corrections Officer working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. After I retired, I went to work at the State Department working with prisons in Afghanistan......

SWICC'S CAAP PROGRAM A TURNING POINT FOR FORMER OFFENDER

West Caldwell, NJ July 24 -
June was a busy month for Mickey Grayer, a former inmate at the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC) in East St. Louis. Mr. Grayer was selected as the keynote speaker for the Certified Association Addictions Professionals program (CAAP) graduation held at SWICC June 16......

FOUR ATEF GRADUATIONS HOST HONORED SPEAKERS

West Caldwell, NJ July 24 -
Summer began with a blockbuster season of graduations in Alabama, as over 100 residents graduated CEC’s residential reentry facility, the Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility (ATEF) after completing six months of reentry treatment programming......

ALUMNI VOLUNTEER FOR NEWARK COMMUNITY CLEANUP

West Caldwell, NJ July 1 -
CEC Alumni members in New Jersey participated in their first cleanup of the season, transforming a neighborhood in the west ward of Newark on a summer weekend in early June. The group was invited by Newark city management officials, to take part in a weekly volunteer cleanup of the city......

CEC AWARDED CONTRACT FROM PPS FOR ROTH HALL

West Caldwell, NJ July 1 -
CEC proudly welcomes a new residential treatment program that will accommodate residents from the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) to Roth Hall, beginning July 1......

NEW PROGRAMS AWARDED IN CA

West Caldwell, NJ July 1 -
CEC is proud to welcome two new programs to the In-Prison Treatment Services division from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), as well as the renewal of an existing program. New services will be provided at the Valley State Prison (VSP) in Chowchilla for 516-beds, and the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF-CSP), in Corcoran, for 532-beds......

PAWS UP! FOR NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NEW MEXICO

West Caldwell, NJ June 24 -
Paws Up! for the new community service offered at the New Mexico Men’s Recovery Academy (NMMRA) in Los Lunas, with the launch of a new pilot program in conjunction with New Mexico Pets Alive! (NMPA), a non-profit organization whose mission it is to help people and pets in New Mexico......

New Jersey Leads the Nation in Prison Population Decrease per the Sentencing Project

West Caldwell, NJ June 17 -
New Jersey currently leads the nation in prison population decline according to a study done by The Sentencing Project, “U.S. Prison Population Trends: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years,” published in April 2015, using data collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Prisoners Series......

SECON: Safety First

West Caldwell, NJ June 17 -
As an orange sun rises over a heliport hanger, the Sikorsky S-92 sits on the tarmac waiting for its passengers. The plump, 12-seat helicopter was built for long distance passenger transports and has a range of approximately 800 miles which makes it the perfect helicopter for the day’s mission......

ACRC Colorado Participates in Lupus Walk

West Caldwell, NJ June 11 -
Staff and residents of the Arapahoe County Residential Center (ACRC) in Littleton, Colorado, proudly participated in their first “Walk to End Lupus Now™,” that took place in Denver on June 1st......

CEC Celebrates National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

West Caldwell, NJ May 20 -
The first week in May is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and CEC Corrections facilities across the country held several events to honor the men and women that provide quality detention management services......

Aspiring Community Leaders Tour the Columbiana County Jail

West Caldwell, NJ May 13 -
Warden Gary Grimm believes that community activities at the Columbiana County Jail in Lisbon, Ohio are an important part of maintaining a connection to the local area. As a result, the jail makes a consistent effort to support local law enforcement and participate in civic activities. On May 6th, the Columbiana County Jail hosted several individuals from “Leadership Columbiana County,” that are interested in developing their leadership abilities and becoming agents for positive change throughout the community......

Former Talbot Hall Residents Graduate From Rutgers University

West Caldwell, NJ May 11 -
Five former residents of Talbot Hall in Kearny, New Jersey have graduated from the Rutgers University Mountainview Program (RU-MVP) with four year degrees. The Mountainview Program provides NJ-STEP students an opportunity to pursue a four year degree in a campus setting post-release. RU-MVP assists these students through the university admission process and equips admitted students with the academic, social, and professional resources necessary for success......

National Nurses Week: A Talk with Terrence Cassidy, RN, BSN, CCHP, Chronic Care Coordinator at the George W. Hill Correctional Center

West Caldwell, NJ May 8 -
Tell us about your work history and how you came to work in the correctional nursing profession? When I was in college, I was a business major but I really didn’t know career path I wanted to follow. I graduated with a degree in Economics decided to pursue a career in law enforcement because I wanted to work in a social services related field. I worked as a full time police officer in southeastern Pennsylvania for 7 years. My career in law enforcement was unfortunately cut short when I suffered a serious pelvic fracture when I was struck by a motor vehicle while attempting to make an arrest......

National Nurses Week: A Talk With Mary Carnell, RN, HSA, CCNM at CMRC

West Caldwell, NJ May 6 -
Tell us about your work history and how you came to work in the correctional nursing profession? I graduated from nursing school and became a registered nurse in 1980. I then worked for 26 years in Level III trauma centers (emergency department) in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. I also was a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for 15 years, while in Texas. I then started my own business, while working as a fulltime supervisor in the ED......

In Your Words: A Conversation with Victoria Porter, Unit Manager/ACC, Casper Re-Entry Center

West Caldwell, NJ April 30 -
How did you get your start working in corrections? I started my career in corrections by working in a victims services unit where I worked for nine years. I also worked with at-risk youth in the schools by teaching violence prevention. I enjoyed working in the courts and criminal justice system so I began taking classes in 2008 at Casper College and The University of Wyoming in criminal justice with a minor in addictions treatment......

Staff and Residents Volunteer to Celebrate Earth Day

West Caldwell, NJ April 28 -
Staff and residents at several reentry centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey took part in Earth Day events and cleaned up neighborhoods, planted trees, and brightened local communities. Groups from residential reentry centers located in Scranton, Chester, and Reading, Pennsylvania, as well as Talbot Hall in Kearny, New Jersey, volunteered their efforts to give new faces to their communities for spring......

Treatment Talks: A Conversation With Dr. George De Leon

West Caldwell, NJ April 27 -
What were your first experiences like developing the early Therapeutic Community programs? It is important to remember that therapeutic community programs were launched by the first generation of participants themselves. However there were a few traditional professionals (social scientists and psychiatrists) like myself who were involved in the early days of the TC movement. For example, I was researcher in the first Phoenix House program in New York......

Alcohol Awareness Month: Longtime Supporter of Alcohol Recovery Programs Honored at Talbot Hall

West Caldwell, NJ April 22 -
To recognize Alcohol Awareness Month, a “Speak-A-Thon” was held for Talbot Hall residents that included visiting members from the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous. The twelve visitors shared their stories of recovery from alcohol addiction with residents of Talbot Hall that expressed an interest in learning more about alcohol abuse treatment......

In Your Words: A Conversation with Heather Urias, Administrative Lieutenant, Liberty Council Jail

West Caldwell, NJ April 22 -
How did you start your career working in corrections? Growing up, I was always interested in criminal justice. In 2001, I applied for a job as a correctional Officer at the Liberty County Jail. I was hired shortly thereafter and I received my TECOLE license. I worked there for four years before leaving to starting a family......

Talbot Hall Starts A Book Club

West Caldwell, NJ April 17 -
Reports on literacy rates among offenders in the United States can greatly vary. Some estimates say the rate is around 22% while others have found it to be as high as 75%. From these competing reports, one fact can be agreed upon—that the literacy rate among offenders is significantly higher than the adult population which is 4%......

In Your Words: A Conversation with Paul Redfield, Program Evaluator, SWICC

West Caldwell, NJ April 14 -
How did you start your career working in corrections? I began at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC) in February of 2007 as the “Program Evaluator.” I was fresh out of college and moved back to the St. Louis area looking for work. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and was looking for an ‘Analyst’ or ‘Programmer’ position......

ADAPPT Volunteers to Keep Reading Clean

West Caldwell, NJ April 9 -
Residents and staff at ADAPPT, CEC’s residential reentry facility in Reading, Pennsylvania, are continuing the facility’s tradition of community service with another volunteer effort at a spring clean-up event for the city. Even though spring has just started, this city beautification project marks ADAPPT’s second clean-up event of the year......

ARCHES Program Address Needs of Mental Health and Substance abusing Offenders Through Collaboration

West Caldwell, NJ April 9 -
The Achieving Recovery, Changing Habits to Empower and Succeed (ARCHES) Program at the Arapahoe County Residential Center (ACRC) in Littleton, Colorado provides specialized treatment services for female offenders diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders. The program’s goal is to increase public safety and reduce recidivism through a collaboration between mental health professionals and existing community corrections and community parole programs......

Alcohol Awareness Month: Living With Addiction

West Caldwell, NJ April 7 -
When you get married and say your wedding vows, “for better or worse,” “richer or poorer,” they are words that you plan on living by. In my case, it did not turn out that way. I was married to a very successful business man. We owned a distributorship in Southern California. We had a home near Seal Beach and owned a restaurant in Huntington Beach. For fifteen years, I called California my home and life was really good......

In Your Words: A Conversation with Joline Martinez, Administrative Coordinator, ACRC

West Caldwell, NJ April 2 -
How did you start working at Arapahoe County Residential Center (ACRC)? A friend who was working at the Arapahoe County Residential Center mentioned that it was an exciting place to work and informed me that the facility was hiring. This turned out to be a blessing for me. My first role was working with the residents and then after nine months I was promoted to the Administrative Coordinator......

Alcohol Awareness Month: A Strong Support System Saves An Alumni

West Caldwell, NJ April 1 -
When Chris Carr woke up in a New Jersey hospital in January 1999 he recognized immediately that he was seriously injured. Soon after, he realized that he was handcuffed to the bed. As his mind raced to piece together the events of the night before, one thing was certain— something bad had happened and he was in serious trouble......

CEC Experts Discuss Tips To Lead Group Lectures For Offender Reentry Populations

West Caldwell, NJ March 26 -
An important element of CEC’s continuum-of-care reentry treatment model is the offering of evidence-based programming that includes therapeutic lectures used to introduce our populations to a variety of treatment methods selected by our clinical department. We have found that these lectures are useful when followed up by individual and smaller group counseling......

Hoffman Hall Holds College Student Achievement Ceremony

West Caldwell, NJ March 26 -
A report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) found that in the 2009–10 academic year 6 percent of the total incarcerated population in the United States were enrolled in vocational or academic postsecondary education programs. IHEP’s report also found that thirteen high-enrollment states—those that enrolled more than 1,000 incarcerated students—accounted for 86 percent of all incarcerated postsecondary students in prison systems......

Women's History Month: A Conversation with Raye Carnes, Warden at the Liberty County Jail

West Caldwell, NJ March 23 -
How did you get involved in providing correctional services? I graduated college with a B.S. Degree in Criminology and Corrections in 1990. I had completed an internship in juvenile probation during college and begin working with juveniles in a transitional living program after college, prior to working in corrections......

Staff Recognized by Alumni Association

West Caldwell, NJ March 18 -
The CEC Alumni Association honored several staff members with Abdus Salaam Logan Certificates of Recognition at the monthly alumni meeting at Talbot Hall in Kearny, New Jersey last month. The certificate is given to alumni or staff that demonstrate support to alumni and their community services activities......

Women's History Month: A Conversation with Raequel Madara, Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility

West Caldwell, NJ March 17 -
Tell us how you came to work at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility? I graduated from LaSalle University in 2003 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. I worked in child and adolescent mental health as an Intensive Case Manager and case management supervisor until receiving my Master’s in Social Work from Widener University in 2008......

Pennsylvania Reentry Center Helps Clear Snow In Reading

West Caldwell, NJ March 13 -
ADAPPT is a 180-bed residential reentry facility and day reporting center located in Reading, Pennsylvania that provides services to pre-release and parole community correction offenders referred from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Board of Probation & Parole. In February, the facility and its residents provided over 400 volunteer hours to local non-profit agencies throughout the city......

Talbot Hall Celebrates Black History Month

West Caldwell, NJ March 12 -
Talbot Hall, a 500-bed assessment and reentry center in Kearny, New Jersey, celebrated Black History Month on February 20th with a day of performances that acknowledged several international pioneers who made important historical contributions......

Donated Musical Equipment Enhances Treatment Services at the New Mexico Men’s Recovery Academy

West Caldwell, NJ March 11 -
Program residents at the New Mexico Men’s Recovery Academy (NMMRA) in Los Lunas, New Mexico recently started a new music program with the help of The Freedom in Music Project. This New Mexico-based non-profit organization coordinated the donation of guitars, curriculum books/sheet music, music stands, gig bags, tuners, extra batteries, extra strings, cleaning cloths and a humidifier for the facility......

Women's History Month: A Conversation with Tahnee Casanova, Director of Operations for the State of Florida

West Caldwell, NJ March 10 -
What is your favorite part about working in corrections? Often times, family members and especially the children of offenders are the forgotten victims of crime. Many of whom will grow up and repeat the cycle of crime, unless it is broken......

432-bed In-Prison Treatment Program Commences Operations for the Florida DOC

West Caldwell, NJ March 6 -
Community Education Centers, Inc. has extensive experience providing in-prison treatment services for the Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC). The company operates nine behind-the-walls treatment programs for the Department and recently began the ramp up of its newest program, a 432-bed therapeutic community (TC) at the Everglades Re-Entry Center in Miami, Florida......

Women's History Month: A Conversation with K. Megan Skelding, Therapeutic Community Director at the Indian Creek Correctional Center

West Caldwell, NJ March 4 -
What is your favorite part about working in reentry treatment? My favorite part is definitely the individuals that we provide services for as they make sense to me. These men and women have their own specific logic and exist in a subculture that has structure and rules......

Denver’s Homeless Get Support From ACRC Staff, Alumni and Residents

West Caldwell, NJ March 3 -
The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts point-in-time surveys to count the homeless in the greater Denver area. Their latest count found that 5,812 individuals were homeless and over 2,000 were at-risk of homelessness......

Meet the Staff at CEC’s New California STOP Placement Office

West Caldwell, NJ February 27 -
The Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming or “STOP” is a system of six program areas located throughout California to coordinate placement of state parolee and in-prison treatment program graduates into transitional reentry services after their incarceration......

Liberty Hall Residents Nail Down Volunteer Work

West Caldwell, NJ February 25 -
Residents at Liberty Hall put on hard hats and picked up hammers and nails to help build a home for a Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity family......

Seven Earn Educational Certificates Through Tully House Reentry Program

West Caldwell, NJ February 23 -
As Ron Morrison, Deputy Director of Tully House, stepped to the microphone to welcome the audience to last week’s graduation ceremony he looked out and saw many eyes filled with hope......

Colorado Reentry Center Holds Graduation

West Caldwell, NJ February 16 -
Being a father is a lifelong challenge. Being a father while you are incarcerated makes that challenge even more complicated......

Talbot Hall Staff Volunteer At A Homeless Shelter

West Caldwell, NJ February 13 -
As freezing temperatures and icy snow descended across much of the Northeast, staff at Talbot hall headed to a shelter in Newark, New Jersey to help feed the homeless......

CEC Announces James E. Hyman as Chief Executive Officer

West Caldwell, NJ January 28 -
Community Education Centers, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of offender reentry and in-prison treatment services, announced today that it has named James E. Hyman as Chief Executive Officer for the company......

Logan Hall Introduces Women’s Enrichment Program

West Caldwell, NJ January 26 -
Logan Hall, a residential reentry facility in Newark, New Jersey is helping female residents in an enrichment program designed to empower women through education and reentry treatment. A facility event was held in December called “Women Who Matter,” that was attended by staff and family that highlighted the enrichment program’s message of recognizing the crucial role women play in their families......

Talbot Hall Staff and Alumni Visit School to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

West Caldwell, NJ January 26 -
The CEC Alumni Association teamed up with staff from Talbot Hall in Kearny, NJ, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day through a volunteer effort at a local high school. The CEC group visited Westside High School in Newark where they joined students to paint school pendants that will hang in the hallways of the school......

 

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