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.