D1A Celebrates Second Chance Month, Highlights Member Companies’ Commitment To Reentry Programming
April 18, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Day 1 Alliance, the trade association representing private sector contractors working in the criminal justice and immigration systems, commemorated Second Chance Month, which President Joe Biden proclaimed for April 2022 to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to helping incarcerated individuals successfully reenter society.
Second Chance Month is also an appropriate time to highlight the remarkable investments that Day 1 Alliance member companies – CoreCivic, The GEO Group, MTC, and LaSalle Corrections –have made alongside their government partners in innovative, evidence-based reentry programming across the country. D1A member companies have spent tens of millions of dollars to develop these programs, with proven, positive results for those in their care.
Highlights of D1A member company results over the past few years:
- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic but with the benefit of online learning, CoreCivic’s reentry participants in 2021 earned nearly 3,300 high school equivalency diplomas and industry recognized certifications and 35 college degrees, while 1,700 participants enrolled in substance use disorder programs.
- In the five years from 2014-2019, CoreCivic helped more than 23,000 motivated student inmates earn industry-recognized certificates – proof of their new skills that they take with them to earn new jobs and launch careers.
- During that time, CoreCivic helped over 7,300 student inmates earn a General Education Degree (GED) or other high school equivalency (HSE) degree, and 3,200 inmates complete nationally recognized victim impact training to develop positive social and emotional skills like empathy.
- CoreCivic also helped 6,229 individuals complete the Go Further journal program, which pairs individuals’ long-term life goals with training and teaching tailored to their needs and ambitions.
The GEO Group
- Despite the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, GEO continued to provide its award-winning Continuum of Care – enhanced in-custody offender rehabilitation programming, including cognitive behavioral treatment, integrated with post–release support services.
- Through GEO Continuum of Care, inmates in 2020 completed approximately 2.6 million hours of enhanced rehabilitation programming.
- GEO’s academic programs awarded more than 1,200 high school equivalency degrees, and nearly 4,000 vocational training certifications in 2020.
- GEO’s substance abuse treatment programs awarded more than 7,600 program completions, and achieved over 34,000 behavioral program completions.
- GEO also provided post-release support services to more than 3,600 individuals returning to their communities in 2020, with over 1,300 post-release participants attaining employment.
- Across MTC’s facilities in 2021, incarcerated men and women earned 8,368 vocational, educational, substance abuse, and life skills certificates.
- The individuals in MTC’s correctional facilities engaged in 4.98 million hours of effective programming and structured activities in 2021.
- 381,091 hours of service were contributed to help improve local communities by MTC residents and staff.
The Day 1 Alliance issued the following statement from National Spokesperson Alexandra Wilkes on Second Chance Month:
“We are very proud of the historic efforts made by Day 1 Alliance member companies to provide literally millions of hours of innovative, evidence-based reentry programming, helping tens of thousands of men and women in our care gain a second chance at life. This work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of thousands of our member company employees – expert counselors, social workers, educators, staff, and corrections officers – who are on the front lines of this fight each and every day. To all of them we say ‘thank you.’
“Second Chance Month is a time to reflect on this important progress while recognizing there is much more work to be done. Our member companies look forward to continuing to innovate and grow these programs in close partnership with their government partners.”
About the Day 1 Alliance:
The Day 1 Alliance (D1A) is a trade association representing private sector contractors helping government agencies address corrections and detention challenges in the United States. For more than 35 years, D1A members have worked with local, state, and federal governments led by members of both political parties to provide professional, humane, and respectful treatment to incarcerated and detained individuals. From day one, we understand we have a responsibility to provide safe and dignified care to those in our facilities. D1A members do not lobby for or against policies, regulations, or legislation that impact the basis for or duration of an individual’s incarceration or detention.
The members of the Day 1 Alliance are CoreCivic, The GEO Group, Management & Training Corporation, and LaSalle Corrections.