Experienced service hired to marshal day reporting center

Lycoming County prison inmate handling took a big step forward last week with approval of an agreement for a day reporting center.

The commissioners approved a professional service agreement with GEO Group to provide re-entry services for the center, including education and job skills training.

The center will be located in a portion of the Pine Street Executive Plaza.

The GEO Group, headquartered in Florida, owns or operates 59 correctional facilities and 62 day reporting centers in the United States, including one in Philipsburg.

It also operates three detention centers for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Let’s hope all that experience pays off in an efficient day reporting center here that takes low-risk inmates and turns them into rehabilitated people with a viable future, all the while helping solve the county’s prison overcrowding problem.