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Welcome to the Fall 2019 issue of the Pennsylvania Update, a publication of GEO Reentry Service Centers (RSC) throughout the state. In this issue you learn how RSC participants are making positive contributions to their communities. This issue also features celebrations of the success of reentrants as well as anniversaries of our facilities and introduces…

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When people break the law and are convicted of crimes, they are punished. That’s as it should be. The best possible outcome following that is that the offender serves their time and becomes rehabilitated during their penal phase to the point where they are worthy of a second chance. That, too, is as it should…

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Having a criminal record makes it difficult for formerly incarcerated men and women to find work, and having a serious injury doesn’t help, said a York City man Thursday at a reentry services resource fair. James Greer Sr., 57, got out of jail in 2015 after serving time for a drug delivery conviction. Before he…

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After leaving jail or state prison, former inmates face an uphill battle when they’re applying for jobs. “They come out really lost, not knowing which direction that they need to go,” said Cristie DeWitt, site administrator for Pennsylvania CareerLink in York County. “Without having some kind of money, it’s hard to pay their fines, pay…

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Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of the Pennsylvania Update, a publication of GEO Reentry Service Centers (RSC) throughout the state. In this issue you learn how RSCs are celebrating the success of reentrants as well as anniversaries of our facilities and hosting events in honor of Second Chance Month. And don’t miss the special…

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When Lycoming County instituted its reentry program in 2014, there was a dual, related mission. The program was supposed to cut down on overcrowding at the Lycoming County Prison. And that was supposed to save the county money. Five years in, the facts say the mission is being accomplished. The cost of the reentry program…

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Lycoming County has paid $3,440,505 to the GEO Group for reentry and electronic monitoring services, said John Stahl, deputy adult probation officer, to the prison board Friday morning. To date, it has saved $3,522,820. That’s $82,315 less than what would have been spent without the reentry and electronic monitoring programs in place, Stahl said. “In…

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Lycoming County’s electronic monitoring savings have surpassed program costs to the tune of about $23,048, John Stahl, adult probation office supervisor, told the prison board Friday morning. “We’re in the black,” he said. Electronic monitoring and the reentry program, both implemented by the GEO Group, have cost the county $3,382,172 over nearly five years, but…

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WILKES-BARRE — Dozens of offenders gathered in the Luzerne County Courthouse this week, but they were not in trouble. Instead, they were formally transitioning back into society. Under the dome of the courthouse, Luzerne County and Geo Reentry Services honored 53 graduates of the Luzerne County Reentry Service Center, a program designed to help minimal…

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Prison overcrowding in Lycoming County has been around so long, it is almost seemed like “prison” and “problem” were two words joined together in marriage. Five years ago, GEO Services began the process of removing that word “problem.” Today prison overcrowding has not just been removed as a problem, the prison has vacancies! What it…

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