In a major milestone for probationers who successfully completed the program and their commitment at the Lycoming County Reentry Service Center, Lycoming County and GEO Reentry Services hosted its seventh and largest transition ceremony to date at the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare delivered the keynote speech, highlighting the impact the program has made on the community in helping to turn lives around. Other speakers included Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio and Brad Shoemaker, warden of Lycoming County Prison.
In addition, several of the graduates shared about their experience at the reentry center, how it has impacted their families and work opportunities, and how they are focused on positive activities in the community. Read firsthand accounts at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette or watch video of the event at WBRE/WYOU-TV.
A record 48 individuals were slated to graduate, and 27 were able to adjust their work or school schedules to make the mid-day event. Their families and friends, program alumni and local judiciary and community corrections officials were in attendance at the event, which is very impactful for all who listen to the comments from individuals who have turned their lives in a positive direction. An open house was held after the graduation with family and friends in attendance to celebrate their loved ones’ chance at a new beginning.
“I am very proud of the relationship we have with Lycoming County,” Michael Boughton, program manager of the Lycoming County RSC, said. “It has been a collaborative effort; we are pleased to be a partner in reducing overcrowding at the prison, in addition to providing individuals with the skills to become productive members of society.”
Located at 1330 Pine Street, the Lycoming County RSC was opened by county officials to help alleviate jail overcrowding and tackle chronic recidivism with certain offender groups. The center, operated by GEO Reentry, provides a structured combination of cognitive behavioral treatment, training and case management designed to change criminal thinking and reduce recidivism. Services include Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), life skills, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA), job readiness and GED preparation.
The local Community Connections program also assists reentrants with additional resources by providing information about the YMCA, health and dental assistance and other resources.
The multi-phase program also includes classes designed to improve communication skills, teach problem solving and conflict resolution, and develop parenting and employment skills. GEO Reentry operates several reentry programs in Pennsylvania.
Read more about GEO Reentry’s non-residential reentry centers.