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.
Benefits of Community Corrections Halfway Houses:
- Reduces recidivism
- Reduces crime
- More cost effective than building new prisons
- Reduces overcrowding
- Saves taxpayers millions of dollars in recurring incarceration costs
- Increases offenders' abilities to succeed
Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CCA. We are a leading developer and operator of halfway houses in Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. We have been devoted to helping male and female offenders successfully reintegrate into the community since 1985.
If you have concerns about the care or condition of our residents, please contact our Operations team immediately by calling 1-800-919-9113.
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