FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 1999 John Joyce Public Information Office 850/921-5900 E-mail: email@example.com
Pahokee Youth Development Center Contract Terminated
TALLAHASSEE, FL�Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Secretary W.G. "Bill" Bankhead announced today that DJJ and Correctional Services Corporation have jointly agreed to terminate the current contract for the operation of the 350 bed, Pahokee Youth Development Center. Correctional Services Corporation (CSC) notified the department on Monday, August 23, 1999 that they did not intend to seek renewal of the current contract which expires June 30, 2000.
Secretary Bankhead citing the importance of a smooth and seamless transition in the program has agreed with Correctional Services Corporation to expedite termination of the contract, targeting a 60 day window to complete the transition. "Once the decision was made by Correctional Services Corporation not to seek renewal, I felt strongly that it was important to proceed with the business of securing an alternative provider arrangement for this critical program," stated Secretary Bankhead.
The Department and Correctional Services Corporation staff will work closely together over the next 60 days while in transition to ensure there is no disruption in services at the facility, and to augment and support current operations. "I�D LIKE TO STRESS HOW IMPORTANT CORRECTIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION�S COOPERATION HAS BEEN AND WILL BE THROUGH OUT THIS PERIOD OF TRANSITION," stated Secretary Bankhead.
let's hope that CSC handles the transition of this facility as well as they handled the Clarinda Academy transition...there too, they assured folks that they wanted a "smooth and seamless transition..." 60 days and one home plate later they had managed to alienate anyone and everyone remotely involved with the facility. I wonder what happens when they (CSC) don't favor a smooth transition? Land mines??
I predict that CSC will be losing (I mean will "not seek renewal") of more YSI contracts (only because they are "unprofitable" of course)in the next few months. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE JUVENILE CORRECTIONS BUSINESS....