Gender-Responsive Services

The number of women in jails and prisons across the United States continues to rise, and this demographic shift poses challenges to correctional systems. GEO offers gender-responsive programming proven to address the specific concerns and risk factors presented by female populations, including type and frequency of offenses, criminogenic risks and needs, and treatment and engagement needs.

Our trauma-informed environments help women heal

Trauma and abuse are common reasons women are involved in the criminal justice system, but corrections environments often fail to accommodate women who were victims prior to their offenses. Our treatment and practices are based in trauma-informed values to ensure female offenders feel safe, respected and understood while meeting the conditions of their sentences. Our trauma-informed approach allows women to begin healing from their experiences so they can move toward a positive, crime-free life.

Tailored to women's risks and needs

Compared to their male counterparts, women have unique physical and mental health needs that can present challenges for correctional agencies. Consulting with national experts, we have developed environmental and programmatic services to meet the specific needs of female offenders, and partner with community organizations to supplement our services as needed. By taking a holistic approach, we help female offenders manage health problems and high-risk behaviors that are often contributing factors to crime.

GEO's flexible innovation in the field

A unique California facility for women

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation contracted with GEO to open the McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility in a formerly closed prison, where female offenders receive trauma-informed, gender-responsive reentry programming designed to break the cycle of trauma, abuse and incarnation.

A peer-led approach in New Mexico

GEO Reentry provides a highly structured substance abuse treatment program for female residents at the New Mexico Women’s Recovery Academy in Albuquerque, where drug use is among the highest in the nation. Functioning as a modified therapeutic community, the center focuses on peer-led education and creates a healthy environment where residents work together to become contributing members of society.

Visit our programs in action

Jurisdictions have entrusted us to provide gender-responsive services that reduce recidivism among female populations and enhance community safety. Visit one of our programs and see our solutions in action.