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Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility - GEO

Custody/Security Info

Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility - GEO is a low-security facility located at 102 Industrial Pkwy in Columbiana, AL. Most inmates are housed together in dormitories or cubicle housing and two and three man cells. There is a double-fence around the perimeter with thick rows of razor wire. Compared to minimum security facilities, low-security prisons have a higher staff-to-inmate ratio. These facilities are also usually attached to or on the same campus as a larger facility complex or smaller satellite prison.

A low-security facility is operated similarly to medium or high-security jails with controlled movement periods but the inmates are offered a wider range of recreational and vocational opportunities. Many inmates are either first-time low-risk criminals or those who have shown good behavior in the system and have earned the right to be in an environment that provides more freedom.

Low-security prisons also offer strong work and programming skills for inmates to improve their outlook on going back to society and being productive. They are provided with access to programs and training that will help to rehabilitate them so that they are prepared for reentry

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Facility Type

Reentry & Treatment Facilities partner with state and local governments to provide community-based adult residential reentry services to offenders released or diverted from prison. These facilities are designed to provide structured programming with a focus on substance abuse treatment and education and changing criminal behaviors. Additional services offered at residential reentry facilities include comprehensive assessment, individual and group counseling, life-skills training, and aftercare. Ultimately, each program helps prepare residents to successfully reintegrate into their communities.

In the state system, the reentry philosophy begins with the first day of incarceration, having the inmate focus on their release preparation with 18 months remaining on their sentence. The Release Preparation Program includes classes in areas such as writing a resume, finding a job, and keeping that job. The program also includes presentations by community-based organizations that help ex-inmates find jobs and training opportunities after release.

The Inmate Transition Branch provides additional pre-release employment assistance. Many institutions hold mock job fairs to provide inmates an opportunity to practice job interview skills and to expose community recruiters to the skills available among releasing inmates. Qualified inmates may apply for jobs with companies that have posted job openings. This Branch also helps inmates prepare release folders that include a resume; certificates of completion of programs in education or other vocational training certificates, earned diplomas, and other requisite documents needed for job searches and subsequent interviews.

The reentry program also aims to provide transitional case management services. Transitional case management will consist of identifying an inmates basic and technical needs and linking him with targeted resources prior to his release. If an inmate’s primary needs for survival are initially addressed (including food, clothing and shelter), he/she will have a greater success in obtaining a job, establishing a career and maintaining a crime free quality of life.