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About Community Corrections

What is "Community Corrections"?

"Community corrections" is a broad term used to describe numerous community-centric forms of correctional services, including residential reentry facilities, drug courts, treatment centers, and many others. At Avalon, our community corrections efforts focus on residential reentry centers, also known as "halfway houses." In Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, our halfway houses and local, community partners provide men and women with the skills, guidance, knowledge, and resources necessary to successfully make the transition from incarceration to free society. We provide housing, food, counseling, training, and many other services to those in our care. Our goal is that they will experience productive, rewarding lives upon their return to society.
 

Why reintegration services matter?

Halfway houses are where offenders receive true help reintegrating into society.
 
Halfway houses lower recidivism. The national average for recidivism (the rate of released offenders who re-offend and are re-incarcerated within three years of release) is 50%. After successful completion of Avalon’s HH program, that rate drops to 12-18%.
 
Halfway house beds are the most cost effective beds. Not only do these facilities give offenders the best chance for successful reintegration into society, but they also save millions of dollars in State budgets.
 
In Oklahoma, the average cost of a medium security bed (2009) is $56 per day per inmate. A halfway house bed costs the State $35 per day. Additionally, offenders at our facilities pay an average of $10 per day from their earnings back into the Department of Corrections.
 
Halfway house residents are employed in the community. This is the number one way to lower recidivism and break the cycle of crime and re-incarceration. 97-98% of all inmates will eventually be back in our communities but only 13% of those released last year in Oklahoma were released from halfway houses.
 
Those inmates released from higher security facilities do not have jobs, savings or reintegration assistance when released and are much more likely to re-offend. One in 100 adults in the United States is behind bars.
 
Oklahoma has the highest rate of female incarceration in the country.
 

BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS HALFWAY HOUSES:

Treatment and Programs

Avalon has extensive treatment and programming experience. The Avalon residential treatment programs utilize in-house certified and licensed treatment teams for substance abuse and mental health treatment services, individual and group counseling. The residents, Case Mangers, and the Clinical Team work collaboratively to address and accomplish the goals of the residents assessed needs.

Our experience in counseling and treatment programs include, Individual, Group and Family Counseling, Substance Abuse Education and Counseling, Anger Management, Vocational Assessments, 90-day Transitional Programs, Strategies for Self Improvement and Change, Community Living Skills, Drug and Alcohol, Relapse Prevention, Meth Recovery, Women’s and Men’s Social Skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, General Educational and Literacy Assistance, Employment Readiness Development, Life Skills Education, HIV Education, Therapeutic Treatment Programs, Family and Parenting, and Money Management/Budgeting/Shopping.

Avalon provides a range of assessments that include:

ASUS (Adult Substance Use Survey), SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory), and DUI Assessments. Additional assessments include the Standardized Offender Assessment Revised (SOA-R), Level of Supervision Inventory (LSI), Adult Substance Use Survey (ASUS), Simple Screening Instrument-Revised (SSI-R), Treatment Recommendation Worksheet (TxRW), and the State Mental Health Screen for Adults. Avalon’s Treatment Programs also provide Client Progress Staffing Meetings per week, and offer a more intensive Clinical Therapeutic Treatment program.

Avalon operates within the guidelines of operating policies, and contract requirements but also to over 400 strict performance guidelines developed by the American Correctional Association. As well as the requirements of federal, state and local government contracts.

Our Mission: To break the cycle of crime by providing proven reintegration services.
 
We believe that change is possible.
 
Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. (Avalon) owns and operates community corrections centers, including halfway houses, that provide reintegration services for non-violent offenders serving the last 6 to 9 months of their sentences. Through our dedicated team and local partners, we provide our clients with reentry programs designed to successfully return them to their communities. Our clients leave our halfway houses with better life management skills, long term employment, and permanent housing — all important factors that reduce their likelihood to re-offend upon release.
 
Our Experience
 
We have operated residential programs and residential treatment programs for more than 29 years. Currently, we own and operate 10 residential halfway houses located in Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Together, these facilities provide residential reentry services including residential work release and residential treatment programs to more than 3,000 clients daily.
 

PREA Report

In 2013, the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) National Standards, which became final on August 20, 2012, were in effect in all eleven facilities operated by the subsidiary and affiliated companies of Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. (collectively, "Avalon"). PREA (Public Law 108-79) was enacted as a mechanism to address the problem of sexual assaults in correctional facilities. After the new PREA standards became effective, Avalon moved to ensure that they were implemented, staff were properly trained, and policies and procedures were put in place for the continued monitoring and oversight of compliance efforts.

Pursuant to 28 CFR § 115.88, Avalon is providing this 2014 PREA Annual Report and making the report available to the public through this website. Avalon is fortunate to report that it experienced no allegations of any PREA incidents in 2014. Avalon has zero tolerance for any sexual misconduct, assault, abuse or harassment in its facilities.

Although no incidents were reported in 2014, any PREA allegations will be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated and reviewed in accordance with 28 CFR § 115.86, and the appropriate action taken. Violations of the PREA policy must be reported immediately. Any employee witnessing or having knowledge regarding a possible PREA violation should report the allegation immediately. Staff members failing to report PREA violations will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Avalon Correction Inc. is committed to meeting the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 and enhancing the safety and security for Avalon residents as a result thereof. This report is a summary of the agency’s efforts in PREA compliance. By examining the collection and aggregation of agency data Avalon is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of sexual abuse detection, prevention, and response. Management of Avalon continues to implement best practice and the requirements of the PREA standards in order to address allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of offenders. Leadership of the Avalon is dedicated to on-going monitoring and corrective action in order to reach full PREA compliance and most importantly to maximize the sexual safety of residents inside our residential facilities. As an agency, Avalon is steadily and continually making progress toward systemic change that fully integrates the intent of the PREA standards and the highest level of sexual safety. Avalon is committed to continual and progressive culture change and continues to implement the requirements of the PREA standards and make adjustments on an on-going basis. Avalon currently maintains working agreement with several community agencies’ to provide physical and mental health services for individuals who had been sexually assaulted in our facilities. These agreements are located in Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.



Questions or inquiries can be sent to:

Heather Herndon, PREA Coordinator
13401 Railway Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73114
hherndon@avcor.net
1-405-752-8802

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