Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. (Avalon) owns and operates Halfway Houses that provide reintegration services for non-violent offenders serving the last 6 to 9 months of their sentence.
Avalon provides quality residential reintegration programs, by a dedicated team of professionals, in order to provide clients with reentry programs designed to return men and women to their communities. Clients leave our halfway houses with better life management skills, long term employment, and permanent housing.
Avalon has been operating residential programs and residential treatment programs for over twenty-nine (29) years. Currently, Avalon owns and operates a central office support facility and ten (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.
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.
Halfway Houses are the only facilities 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 3 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 $56.00 per day per inmate. A halfway house bed costs the State $35.00 per day. Additionally, offenders at our facilities pay an average of $10.00 per day from their earnings back into the Department of Corrections.
Halfway House residents are employed in the community. This is the number 1 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. 1 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: Lowest Recidivism, Reduces Crime, more cost effective than building new prisons, Reduces overcrowding, Saves Taxpayers Millions of dollars, Generates Revenue, Increases an offender’s ability to succeed.
Carver Center is a 556-bed American Correctional Association accredited male and female halfway house located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Avalon was awarded a contract in 1985 by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health to provide residential substance abuse aftercare services to 25 offenders referred from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC). Carver’s facilities and programs have been expanded numerous times since 1985 to its current status of 556-beds. Carver provides employment placement assistance, case management, and a 30 day / 100 hour transitional program for the ODOC residents. Approximately 95% of the Carver residents referred by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections are employed in the community. Carver Center also contracts to provide residential program services for the US Pretrial Services office for the Western District of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health certifies Carver Center as a Drug and Alcohol treatment provider. Carver’s treatment team provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, education, testing, counseling, 12-step programs, and relapse prevention classes. The treatment team also provides counseling for individuals, groups, and families. Counseling programs include anger management, and cognitive behavior modification.
Carver provides three nutritious meals per day, including a sack lunch provided to residents scheduled to leave the center for employment. Carver provides transportation for employment, medical appointments, and court and legal appointments.
Administrator: Elizabeth Stewart
Assistant Administrator: Brian Little
400 S. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Avalon management was awarded a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005 to provide residential Halfway House and treatment support for up to 25 male and female Veterans in Oklahoma City. The Carver Veteran Affairs Program provides complete residential services to non-criminal, homeless Veterans referred by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Carver provides daily transportation to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for day programs and medical appointments. Services also include three (3) meals and nutritious snacks per day approved by a Licensed Dietician, activities, field trips, housekeeping, and linen service. The program also provides a level of therapeutic and rehabilitative mental health services designed to promote a more adaptive level of psychosocial functioning and supportive personal care. Carver also provides individual adjustment services including social, recreational and spiritual opportunities. Motivation and education of the residents is achieved and maintained through independence in the activities of daily living and self-care.
Turley Residential Center for Women is a 289-bed female halfway house located on 40 acres in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Avalon purchased the Turley property in 1997 and completely renovated it in 2002 to provide a quality homelike facility for female offenders. Turley provides a number of female specific programs onsite for job training programs that include training classes for dog grooming which has a 100% job placement rate. Turley has a long list of community programs that come into the facility and offer resume writing, professional clothing for interviews, computer skills classes, food service training classes, assist in finding affordable child care and affordable housing, transportation, medical assistance. Turley also provides a number of counseling programs specific to women and children, family unification, substance abuse, anger management, parenting classes, money management/budgeting and shopping. Turley is accredited by the American Correctional Association. Turley also offers a 30 day / 100 hour cognitive based transitional program that has been highly successful.
Administrator: Alice Johnson
6101 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74126
Phone: 918-425-0275 Fax: 918-425-0278
“Turley House” is located on the same grounds as the Turley Residential Center for women. The Turley House is a place women and children can be together in a homelike setting. Turley house offers an exceptional Girl Scout program whereby the moms and daughters attend Girl Scout classes at Turley House. The Girl Scout program has been featured on NBC. A number of community programs, neighborhood parties and family programs are held at Turley House. You have a home environment to assist in the transition for moms and their children.
Avalon Correctional Center (Avalon Center) is a 390-bed halfway house located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Avalon Correctional Center is accredited by the American Correctional Association and provides contract services to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The Avalon Center opened in July 1995 and has been expanded several times to its current capacity of 390 beds. Avalon Center provides comprehensive halfway house services including, employment services, job readiness and development, life skills, and case management and a 30 day / 100 hour cognitive based transitional program for residents. Avalon Center also provides various alternative services including residential work release, weekend incarceration programs and day reporting supervision for Court Referred clients.
Administrator: Matthew Bellendir
Assistant Administrator: Tracey Roles
302 W. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: 918-583-9445 Fax: 918-583-7646
El Paso Multi Use Facility (MUF) is a 324-bed community residential facility. The Multi Use Facility is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services – Substance Abuse Division to provide substance abuse and treatment counseling. The El Paso MUF offers community residential programs for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Halfway House, Supportive Substance Abuse Transitional Treatment Center, and Intensive Substance Abuse Transitional Treatment Center Services. The El Paso MUF provides extensive employment services programs, job readiness and development, life skills, and case management services.
United States District Court Outpatient Treatment Program - The El Paso MUF provides an excellent outpatient treatment program through a contract with the United States District Court - Western District of Texas Probation Office. The Federal treatment program is licensed for 100 outpatient clients by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Administrator: Carlos Morales
Assistant Administrator: Manuel Tarango
1700 Horizon Blvd.
El Paso, TX 78401
Phone: 915-852-1505 Fax: 915-852-1508
The El Paso Transitional Center is a 200-bed residential halfway house located adjacent to the El Paso MUF. The facility currently houses over 170 male halfway house residents for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The El Paso TC offers comprehensive halfway house services including, employment services, job readiness and development, life skills, and case management services. El Paso TC provides three nutritious meals per day, including a sack lunch provided to residents scheduled to leave the center for employment. El Paso TC provides transportation for employment, medical appointments, and court and legal appointments. The El Paso TC has also served as a temporary emergency housing for secure offenders TDCJ needed to relocate from Louisiana due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Administrator: Carlos Morales
Administrator: Joe Otero
1650 Horizon Blvd.
El Paso, TX 78401
Phone: 915-852-1505 Fax: 915-852-1508
The Austin Transitional Center is a new 421-bed co-ed residential treatment center and halfway house. The new facility was constructed on contiguous property just 100 ft. west of the Travis County Residential Center in Del Valle, Texas. The new Austin Transitional Center is a “state of the art” 42,000 square foot facility, with ten (10) housing areas, five (5) classrooms and treatment rooms, Administration and Program Administration areas, Maintenance Department, dining and kitchen. The facility opens up to a large dining and meeting area which includes a security monitoring station located in the center. The facility also includes a medical office and client collection center. The Austin Transitional Center provides community based substance abuse treatment programs and job placement assistance services for offenders recently released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. ATC provides housing and employment services for over 200 Halfway House offenders and over 100 residential substance abuse treatment clients.
The Austin Transitional Center is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services – Substance Abuse Division to provide substance abuse and treatment counseling for over 100 clients who recently graduated from Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Centers (SAFPs) throughout the State of Texas. American Correctional Association Accreditation is not contractually required at this facility; however the company follows ACA Standards for Adult Community Residential Services.
Administrator: Brenda Chaney
Assistant Administrator: Kathy Long
3154 East Hwy 71
Del Valle, TX 78617
Phone: 512-386-5722 Fax: 512-386-5386
Austin Residential Reentry Center (RRC) provides services for up to 80 male and female Federal offenders. RRC program services include employment and residence development and other self-improvement opportunities to assist federal offenders during the transition from prison to the community. Austin RRC provides comprehensive community-based residential services for offenders, who are in the custody of the BOP, United States Attorney General, or under the supervision of the United States Probation Office. RRC also provides home confinement services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Administrator: Tina Hendley
3154 East Hwy 71
Del Valle, TX 78617
Phone: 512-386-5300 Fax: 512-386-5301
Corpus Christi Transitional Center (formerly Reality Ranch) is a 110-bed halfway house and residential treatment program. The Corpus Christi TC was acquired in November 2012 and contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide Halfway House and Therapeutic Treatment programs. The program is licensed to provide drug and alcohol treatment by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Corpus Christi TC provides halfway house clients with case management, employment placement and reintegration programs, as well as 3 meals per day. Public transportation is located close to the facility. When clients are unable to take public transportation the company provides transportation to employment, employment searches, medical and dental as well as any additional off-site programming services.
Administrator: Deborah Gardiner
1515 N. Tancahua
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: 361-883-1004 Fax: 361-883-1070
The Dallas Transitional Center is a 225-bed halfway house. The Dallas Transitional Center contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide halfway house residents case management, employment placement and reintegration services, 3 meals per day, and transportation to treatment programs, jobs and medical appointments. We are in the process of relocating and constructing a new halfway house location in Dallas County to provide more halfway house program beds to the State of Texas and other agencies.
Dallas County Commissioners recently voted to approve the sale/lease of a portion of county property to Avalon. Once the sale agreement is complete construction will begin on a new 300+ bed halfway house.
Administrator: John Kelly
Administrator: Cody Soto
899 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: 214-742-1971 Fax: 214-742-2668
The Fort Worth Transitional Center is a 220 bed halfway house. The facility contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 200 halfway house offenders and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Fort Worth Transitional Center provides employment readiness and placement, case management and reintegration programs to prepare for release into the community. The Fort Worth TC is not required to be ACA Accredited however the facility follows ACA Standards for Adult Community Residential Services.
Administrator: Loy Serrano
600 N. Henderson St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-335-6053 Fax: 817-335-6628
The Cheyenne Transitional Center is a 126-bed residential adult co-ed halfway house located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The center provides job placement assistance and drug testing in addition to comprehensive residential services for offenders referred by the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The Cheyenne TC offers a number of programs for substance abuse, anger management, money management, parenting and life skills classes. American Correctional Association Accreditation is not required at this facility; however the company follows ACA Standards for Adult Community Residential Services.
Administrator: Ladeana Goldberg
322 W. 17th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-632-9096 Fax: 307-772-3331
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