News - 2009
432-Bed Fannin County Detention Center Opens in Bonham, Texas
West Caldwell, NJ, Sep 9 - Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC) is proud to announce the opening of the Fannin County Detention Center (FCDC), a brand new 432-bed facility located in Bonham, Texas. CEC will provide jail/detention management services at the facility. FCDC represents the seventeenth facility in CEC's Secure Facility Division and the fifteenth in the State of Texas.
"I would like to thank Fannin County for the confidence they have shown in our company. I look forward to providing quality jail/detention management services for the County and the other agencies we serve," said John J. Clancy, Chairman and CEO of CEC.
After passing the occupancy test with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), FCDC received its first inmates on September 7th, which consisted of 100 county offenders and 100 prisoners from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). An additional 100 USMS prisoners are expected to arrive the following week.
"I would like to thank Sheriff Moore and Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd for their support of this project. There were so many good reasons to choose Fannin County," said Bob Prince, Business Development and Government Liaison for CEC's Secure Facilities Division.
A large crowd of officials and dignitaries attended an open house for the new facility on July 31. In June, Ellen Hawks, Director of Operations and Planning for the Secure Facilities Division, held a job fair that resulted in successful employment for many local people.
"The job fair went very, very well. We received between 100-200 applications for 54 jobs. We look forward to working with a great group of people that will bring their talent and enthusiasm to the Fannin County Detention Center," said Warden Kenny Karl.
CEC's Secure DivisionThe comprehensive management of mid-sized, county and regional jails is a strategic focus of the Company. In Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio, CEC now operates a total of seventeen jail and detention facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9,000 male and female beds. Offenders are referred by local, county, state and federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Community Education Centers' administrators provide the contracting jurisdiction with all-inclusive institutional services and a broad range of programming options - all to standards that are among the most exacting in the profession. Our unique approach fully integrates the principles of treatment-oriented offender management with day-to-day efficient facility functioning. At a CEC-run correctional facility, incarceration and rehabilitation are closely linked objectives and not competing priorities.