Community Education Centers
Community Education Centers is a private for-profit prison company based in West Caldwell, New Jersey and active in seventeen American states and in Bermuda. The firm also does business under the name Education and Health Centers of America.
The company is described in the press as having close ties to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In 2011, New Jersey and its counties spent about $105 million on halfway houses. Of that amount, about $71 million went to Community Education Centers.
In June, 2007 CEC acquired another operator of private prisons, CiviGenics.
The firm operates fourteen jails, mostly in Texas. Its largest “secure facility” is the George W Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, Pennsylvania with a capacity of 1,883. It also has contracts for twenty six “residential reentry” facilities, more commonly called “halfway houses.” The largest of these is Delaney Hall in Newark, New Jersey with a capacity of 1,196. It also offers a number of residential treatment programs funded by Native American tribes in six states.
The firm is paid about seventy dollars a day to house each inmate, about half the cost of a prisoner held in a state-run facility. Some of the inmates in the facilities retain connections to gangs. The Delaney Hall facility, for example, includes inmates affiliated with the Bloods. Drugs are widely available at least at the New Jersey sites covered by the report.
In June, 2012, the New York Times published the results of a 10-month long investigation into the halfway houses operated by the firm in New Jersey. Almost three quarters of one group of inmates at a New Jersey facility tested positive for various drugs. Although government contracts required inmates be provided therapy and job training no such programs were offered.
In September, 2009 McLennan County, Texas Sheriff Larry Lynch said he would no longer accept payments from CEC. Private prisons need the permission of the local sheriff to operate, so the payments presented the appearance of a conflict of interest. 
In March 2011, the Liberty County, Texas jail failed an inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Violations included key administrators who did not have state licenses, plumbing problems and inoperative communications systems. 
In July 2012, the New Jersey State Legislature held two days of hearings on halfway houses in the state. Shortly after the hearings, the state imposed a fine of $45,000 on contractors including Community Education Centers for not notifying state authorities promptly when inmates escaped. Six inmates escaped from facilities run by the firm.
The company's senior vice president is William J. Palatucci, a close friend and advisor to Governor Christie. He and the governor's brother Todd Christie co-chaired the governor's inaugural committee.
In 2013, the New York Times reported that the firm was the largest provider of halfway house services in Pennsylvania with almost 1,300 beds. A study by the Pennsylvania Corrections Department that images who transitioned through halfway houses (run by the state or a contractor) were more likely to return to jail than those who were released directly from prison.
- Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012.
- Biography of founder John J Clancey at  retrieved 18 June 2012
- At a New Jersey Halfway House, a Volatile Mix Fuels a Murder, By Same Dolnick, New York Times, 19 June 2012
- Essex County signs ICE Contract, by Lia Eustachewich, newarknj.patch.com, 15 December 2011
- ”At Bo Robinson, Halfway House in New Jersey, Bedlam Reigns, by Sam Dolnick, New York Times, 18 June 2012”
- Christie Orders New Inspctions on Halfway Houses, by Sam Dolnick, 19 June 2012, New York Times
- Community Education Centers acquires CiviGenics, press release by CEC, dated 5 June 2007
- Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012
- Company press release, 31 May 2012, accessed 18 June 2012
- CEC/CiviGenics Guard Charged with Smuggling Cell Phone, Texas Prison Bid'ness blog, 16 December 2008
- CEC/CiviGenics Texarkana guard indicted on drug charges, Texas Prison Bid'ness blog, 21 May 2019
- Sheriff Agrees to Not Take Additional Money from Private Prison Company, Texas Prison Bid'ness blog, 30 September 2009
- CEC's Liberty County Jail fails TCJS inspection; Warden is not properly licensed, Texas Prison Bid'ness blog, 13 April 2011
- CEC guard pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into Liberty County facility, 21 October 2013, Texas Prison Bid'ness blog
- New Jersey Fines Halfway Houses over Inmate Escapes, by Sam Dolnick, New York Times, 15 August, 2012
- Christie’s brother, Palatucci to co-chair inaugural, by Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press, 5 November 2009
- Pennsylvania Study Finds Halfway Houses Don't Reduce Recidivism, by Sam Dolnick New York Times, 25 March, 2013
- Liberty County jailer arrested on drug charges, < "from Community Reports", 24 May 2013, Cleveland Advocate
- http://Eight sentenced in bribery scheme, by Jon Vanderlaan, Odessa American, 15 June 2013