Commissioners OK agreement for day reporting center

A downtown day reporting center for nonviolent offenders is beginning to take shape, with the Lycoming County commissioners approving an agreement for services Tuesday.

The commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a professional service agreement with GEO Group to provide re-entry services for the center, including education and job skills training, which will be located in a portion of the Pine Street Executive Plaza.

Voting in favor were Jeff Wheeland, Tony Mussare and Ernie Larson.

The correctional services company, headquartered in Florida, owns or operates 59 correctional facilities and 62 day reporting centers in the U.S. – including the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Philipsburg – and operates three federal detention centers for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The agreement approved Tuesday did not specify the cost to the county. County chief procurement officer Mya Toon said that GEO’s pricing is based on the number of participants, which has not yet been determined.

In other business, the commissioners also approved a Community Drug Abuse Prevention grant application in the amount of $1,000.

The grant, administered through the state Attorney General’s office, would be used to purchase breathalyzers for the Lycoming County sheriff’s office, Toon said.

The next county commissioners meeting will be held at 10 a.m. June 10 at Pine Street Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.