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  • prisonguy_99 prisonguy_99 May 26, 2000 8:34 AM Flag

    It's nice to see a Public Official

    say something good about the Privates. Here is a
    clip on commendations for one of CRN's juvenile
    facilities.

    Thursday May 25, 7:02 am Eastern Time
    New Mexico
    Governor Commends Cornell's Santa Fe County Youth
    Development Program

    HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 25,
    2000--Cornell Companies (NYSE:CRN - news) -- Juvenile offenders
    can turn their lives around by learning from their
    mistakes, focusing on educational and other reform programs
    instead of just serving out their punishments, New Mexico
    Gov. Gary Johnson says.
    ``Make the most out of
    your stay here and you can do anything, including
    putting this behind you,'' Johnson said during a recent
    visit with juvenile offenders detained in a juvenile
    detention facility operated by Cornell Companies.

    Johnson's comments to the juveniles came as he toured
    Cornell's Santa Fe County Youth Development Program
    (SFCYDP) to observe first-hand what many consider a model
    program for youth offenders. He met with more than 100
    adolescents in the facility during his two-hour tour.

    Cornell's SFCYDP has been recognized by federal and state
    officials as being one of only a few juvenile facilities in
    the country to offer such a well-rounded treatment
    and education curriculum, including a GED program
    with a graduation ceremony, anger management classes,
    parenting classes, Native American programming, and a life
    skills curriculum in a secure setting. It is because of
    this extensive proactive programming that Cornell's
    SFCYDP houses troubled adolescents from across the
    country.
    Thomas R. Jenkins, vice president and chief
    operating officer, said, ``In addition to the intense
    therapy provided in a secure setting, SFCYDP's programs
    are designed to also provide troubled youths with an
    education and basic life skills, including instruction in
    personal hygiene, appropriate dress and socialization
    skills, so they have a better shot at becoming productive
    members of the community upon release.''
    ``We do all
    of this in an environment of respect, care and
    concern, something these kids are not always used to
    receiving,'' Jenkins added.
    Most of the adolescents were
    unaware the governor was coming to observe their daily
    activities. They said they were impressed with the visit.

    ``It makes me feel kind of important that the
    governor, who is probably pretty busy, would actually come
    and check us out,'' said one SFCYDP resident.

    Johnson commended the facility's staff on a job well
    done.
    ``It's obvious you care about these kids and
    you're doing a fine job helping them turn their lives
    around,'' Johnson said.
    The SFCYDP began operations in
    1997, and houses up to 129 male and female adolescents,
    ranging from 11 - 23 years of age. Judges from around the
    country send juvenile offenders to the SFCYDP because of
    its reputation for preeminent programming.

 
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