Community Education Centers
Community Education Centers, Inc. abbreviated CEC was a private corrections company based in West Caldwell, New Jersey and operated residential reentry facilities, jails, and in-prison drug treatment programs in seventeen American states and in Bermuda.
In June, 2007 CEC acquired the jail management company CiviGenics.
In 2011, New Jersey and its counties spent about $105 million on residential reentry facilities. Of that amount, about $71 million went to Community Education Centers.
The firm operates fourteen jails, mostly in Texas. Its largest secure facility is the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania with a capacity of 1,883. It also has contracts for twenty six residential reentry facilities, more commonly called halfway houses. The largest of these is Delaney Hall in Newark, New Jersey with a capacity of 1,196. It also offers a number of residential treatment programs funded by Native American tribes in six states.
In June, 2012, The New York Times published the results of a 10-month-long investigation into the halfway houses operated by the firm in New Jersey alleging misconduct amongst staff and residents. The company is described in the article as having close ties to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. At the time the company's senior vice president was William J. Palatucci, a close friend and advisor to Governor Christie. He and the governor's brother Todd Christie co-chaired the governor's inaugural committee.
The firm is paid about seventy dollars a day to house each inmate, about half the cost of a prisoner held in a state-run facility.
- Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012.
- Biography of founder John J Clancy at  retrieved 18 June 2012
- At a New Jersey Halfway House, a Volatile Mix Fuels a Murder, By Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, 19 June 2012
- Community Education Centers acquires CiviGenics, press release by CEC, dated 5 June 2007
- Christie Orders New Inspections on Halfway Houses, by Sam Dolnick, 19 June 2012, The New York Times
- Community Education Centers homepage accessed 18 June 2012
- Company press release, 31 May 2012, accessed 18 June 2012
- ”At Bo Robinson, Halfway House in New Jersey, Bedlam Reigns, by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, 18 June 2012”
- "Press Release". investors.geogroup.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.