Correctional Services Corporation and New York's Community Corrections Forging Concrete Partnerships
Seven years ago, the Federal Bureau of Prisons contracted a private company to run a Brooklyn community correctional facility and secured a working partnership between the public and private sectors. The results has been to impart a measure of stability to a once troubled urban community.
The Brooklyn Community Correctional Center, located in the heart of Brooklyn in the Bed-ford-Stuyvessant area, is owned and managed by Correctional Services Corporation (CSC). A facility of ninety-five beds, it services offenders from the New York Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Residents include offenders who are within six months of their release date, as well as direct court commitments, probationers, supervised and mandatory releases, parolees and pretrial individuals. Many have chemical addictions. All are residents of New York. With a vital presence in a vital urban locale, CSC operates under the premise that its primary responsibility lies in investing in the facility's residents to the profit of their New York communities.
CSC's correctional programs are designed to reduce recidivism rates by delivering quality programs and reintegrating individuals with their communities as healthy, productive and upstanding citizens. Upon release from the Brooklyn Community Correctional Center, 95 percent of offenders take on upwardly mobile, stable and permanent profession& CSC's success in cultivating career paths for offenders is a testament to the company's reform methodology: rehabilitation must be a community effort, one that draws on individual resources while grounding residents in a public context of work, family and responsibility.
The alliance between public correctional agencies and the private corrections industry involves a congregation of diverse resources. CSC draws on the methods and philosophies employed by national correctional associations, the American Psychological Association, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Health's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and state legislatures, among others. Among the Company's greatest strengths is the network of ties it has to business and industry leaders, community organizations and educational institutions, all of which serve the individual needs and professional goals of CSC's residents.
An integral factor of CSC's Brooklyn facility is a community advisory board, made up of local private citizens, that meets monthly to discuss plans for the future of the facility, as well as proposals for the facility's role in the community. …