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Thirty individuals participating at the Lancaster County Reentry Service Center graduated from a transition ceremony in November. The event recognized the accomplishment of reentrants completing the Day Reporting Service and Cognitive Behavioral treatment. The ceremony was held at the DRC facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The keynote speaker was Oscar S., a former participant and returning…

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WILKES-BARRE — It’s not every day that something at the Luzerne County Courthouse ends in hugs and cheers, but that’s what made Tuesday morning so special. The county, in conjunction with GEO Reentry Services, honored 48 graduates of the county’s reentry program, a rigorous program for offenders whose crimes stem from drug or alcohol addiction….

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The saying goes that crime doesn’t pay, but that is not completely true, because someone does pay — the taxpayer. When a crime is committed, emergency services are utilized, if an arrest is made, the court system gets involved, and if guilt is determined, the penal system is engaged. And all of these cost money!…

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More than 30 people celebrated successfully completing Lycoming County’s reentry Friday morning at the Community Theatre League as the program’s fifth anniversary dawns this month. The graduates’ friends and family members as well as a variety of county and GEO Group staff, who provide the service, gathered to cheer them on. Michael Boughton, reentry program…

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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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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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