Community Education Centers

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Community Education Centers, Inc. abbreviated CEC was a private corrections company based in West Caldwell, New Jersey and operated residential reentry facilities, jails, and in-prison drug treatment programs in seventeen American states and in Bermuda.[1][2][3]

In June, 2007 CEC acquired the jail management company CiviGenics.[4]

In 2011, New Jersey and its counties spent about $105 million on residential reentry facilities. Of that amount, about $71 million went to Community Education Centers.[5]

The firm operates fourteen jails, mostly in Texas. Its largest secure facility is the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania with a capacity of 1,883.[6] 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.[6] It also offers a number of residential treatment programs funded by Native American tribes in six states.[6]

In addition to contracts with cities, counties and states, the firm also provides reentry services in four states to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[7]

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 alleging misconduct amongst staff and residents.[8] The company is described in the article as having close ties to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.[8] At the time the company's senior vice president was 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.[16]

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.[3]

In April 2017, GEO Group, Inc. acquired Community Education Centers.[9]

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  1. ^ Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ Biography of founder John J Clancy at [1] retrieved 18 June 2012
  3. ^ a b At a New Jersey Halfway House, a Volatile Mix Fuels a Murder, By Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, 19 June 2012
  4. ^ Community Education Centers acquires CiviGenics, press release by CEC, dated 5 June 2007
  5. ^ Christie Orders New Inspections on Halfway Houses, by Sam Dolnick, 19 June 2012, The New York Times
  6. ^ a b c Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012
  7. ^ Company press release, 31 May 2012, accessed 18 June 2012
  8. ^ a b ”At Bo Robinson, Halfway House in New Jersey, Bedlam Reigns, by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, 18 June 2012”
  9. ^ "Press Release". Retrieved 2017-06-02.