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Our Culture

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Our Vision

GEO aspires to be the world's leading provider of evidence-based rehabilitation across a diversified spectrum of correctional and community reentry services.

Our Mission

GEO’s mission is to develop innovative public-private partnerships with government agencies around the globe that deliver high quality, cost-efficient correctional, detention, and community reentry, and electronic monitoring services while providing industry leading rehabilitation and community reintegration programs to the men and women entrusted to GEO’s care.

Safe and Secure

Imparting a Safe and
Secure Environment

We are committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace that is safe, secure and humane, not only for our trained and experienced professionals, but for the men and women entrusted to our care.


Maintaining Quality

We are committed to maintaining facilities that are state-of-the-art and adhere to industry-leading standards.

Human Dignity

Protecting Human Dignity
and Rights

We believe that every human being should be treated with dignity and that his or her basic human rights should be protected and preserved at all times.


Providing Leading, Evidence-Based
Rehabilitation Programs

We are committed to providing industry-leading rehabilitation and community reentry programs to the men and women entrusted to our care.

The GEO Group and its worldwide subsidiaries adhere to the highest ethical and compliance standards. As a worldwide corporation, The GEO Group represents government clients around the globe and cares for offenders, detainees, and residents in safe and secure facilities across four continents. Throughout its diversified organization, The GEO Group has implemented policies and procedures that reflect high ethical standards. The GEO Group's corporate code of ethics delineates the overarching principles that guide the organization in its day to day operations and interactions with key constituency groups.

Obeying the law, both in letter and in spirit, is the foundation on which GEO's ethical standards are built. Our Code of Conduct strives to promote the following objectives:

  • Honest and ethical conduct;
  • Ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest;
  • Full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure;
  • Compliance with the applicable government and self-regulatory organization laws, rules and regulations;
  • Promote the protection of GEO assets;
  • Promote fair dealing practices;
  • Prompt internal reporting of Code violations; and
  • Accountability for compliance with the Code

Anti-bribery Corruption Training & Whistleblower Programs

The GEO Group has a number of policies, practices, and procedures which directly address Bribery and Corruption programs, Whistleblower programs and practices, among other governance areas. These distinct and comprehensive policies and practices include, but are not limited to:

  • Standards of Employee Conduct Policy Procedures
  • Anti-Retaliation Policy and Procedures
  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy and Procedures
  • Violence in the Workplace Policy and Procedures
  • Prompt internal reporting of Code violations; and
  • Sexual and Workplace Harassment Policy and Procedures

Additional with respect to our Whistleblower program, GEO has a dedicated hotline managed by an independent, third-party provider, which is available 24/7 and which is advertised throughout the organization. These and other policies, practices, and procedures as well as the overall area of Governance is overseen by GEO’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, which provides for managerial responsibility and accountability at the highest level of GEO’s management structure.

GEO is frequently the subject of a variety of alleged accusations and contention in the media. This is mostly due to the lack of knowledge about the corrections industry, privatization, and our company as a whole. Here, you will find factual information about our industry and who we are as a corporate citizen.

New private prisons cost 15%-25% less to design and construct than their public counterparts.1

Utilizing the design-build method, private prisons have the ability to be constructed in 12-24 months; as opposed to the government’s 36-40.

Private prison facilities operate at 10%-15% lower cost than government facilities; ultimately saving taxpayers millions of dollars.2

An independent report published in 2002 substantiated that private prisons operate as good as or better than comparable publicly – managed facilities.3

44% of private correctional facilities are accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA), an independent organization outlining the standards of quality of operations, management and maintenance of a facility.2

Only 10% of government correctional facilities are accredited by the ACA.2

Private correctional officers are trained and permitted to use force, during instances of justifiable self-defense, self-harm, defense of another, or to prevent the escape of a felon.

Private correctional officers are required, under contract, to receive the same professional training as their government employee counterparts.

Under contract, private prisons frequently undergo monthly, bi-annual, and annual compliance assessments through the use of self-auditing, client monitoring, and ACA compliance reviews.

Over 125,000 inmates are held in private prisons.4

Approximately 30 states house inmates in private facilities.4

  2. Segal, Geoffrey. “Corporate Questions? Frequently Asked Question about Prison Privatization,” Reason Public Policy Institute, November 1, 2002.
  3. Segal, Geoffrey and Moore, Adrian, Weighing the Watchmen: Evaluating the Costs and benefits of Outsourcing Correctional Services, Reason Public Policy Institute, January 2002.
  4. Sabol, William; Minton, Todd; and Harrison, Paige. Prison and jail inmates at Midyear 2008 – Statistical Stables, US Department of Justice, March 2009.

A co-founder of privatized correctional and detention services in 1984.

Received first contract award in 1987 operating a 150-bed facility for the INS, now known as US Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Awarded the first large-scale federal prison management contract in 1997 for the BOP; the 2,048-bed Taft Correctional Institution in Taft, California.

Awarded the first private corrections contract in New South Wales for the design, construction, and operation of the Junee Correctional Centre.

Awarded the first private corrections contract in Scotland for the design, construction, and management of the Lowdham Grange Prison.

Only private corrections service company with expertise in residential treatment services; GEO Care, Inc.

Only private corrections service company with in-house facility design team; GEO Design, Inc.

Awarded the first privatized comprehensive state psychiatric hospital in the US.

Awarded the first private corrections contract in New Zealand for the operation of the Auckland Central Remand Prison.

Awarded the first corrections contract in South Africa for the Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre.

Manages over 104 correctional, detention and community reentry facilities across the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and UK.

Over 30,000 inmates enrolled in programs.

Over 10,000 GED’s earned.

Operates the largest privately managed detention/correctional facility (Reeves County Detention Complex) in the world.

Maintain a senior management team with a combined total service of 98 years of dedication to GEO.

When you report to work for GEO, you can expect to receive industry leading training. At GEO, we want you to be comfortable and secure in your new position. To accomplish this, we have placed the highest priority on seeing that each employee is carefully trained in all aspects of his or her position. Employee development is essential to ensure proper leadership and professionalism. Thorough training promotes employee confidence which in turn creates a proactive and positive work environment.

GEO Group Training Requirements

Under the laws applicable to most of GEO’s operations, and under internal company policies, GEO’s correctional officers are required to complete a minimum amount of training which exceeds national standards. Generally, industry standards require at least 120 hours of pre-service training before an employee is allowed to assume their duties which is consistent with ACA standards. In addition to the usual 120 hours of pre-service training, most states require 40 hours of on-the-job training. Florida law requires that correctional officers receive 520 hours of training. GEO’s training programs meet or exceed all of these applicable requirements.

GEO’s training program typically begins with approximately 40 hours of instruction regarding GEO policies, operational procedures and management philosophy. Training continues for Correctional Officers with an additional 120 hours of instruction covering legal issues, rights of inmates, techniques of communication and supervision, interpersonal skills and job training relating to the particular position to be held. Each of GEO’s employees who has contact with inmates receives a minimum of 40 hours of additional training each year, and each manager receives at least 24 hours of training each year.

At least 160 hours of training are required for GEO’s employees in Australia and South Africa before such employees are allowed to work in positions that will bring them into contact with inmates. GEO’s employees in Australia and South Africa receive a minimum of 40 hours of refresher training each year. In the United Kingdom, GEO’s employees also receive a minimum of 240 hours prior to coming in contact with inmates and receive additional training of approximately 25 hours annually.

BI Incorporated ISAP New Hires Training

With respect to the BI Incorporated Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) contract, new employees are required to complete training requirements as outlined in the contract within 14 days of hire and prior to being assigned autonomous ISAP related duties. The ISAP training department exceeds contract requirements by providing an additional week of training on top of the 2 weeks required. These employees also receive 32 hours of refresher training annually thereafter.

BI’s Monitoring Services maintains its own comprehensive certification and training program for all Monitoring Service Specialists. BI requires all new personnel hired for a position in Monitoring Operations to complete a seven-week training program. Successful completion of the training program and a final certification is required of all personnel prior to being permitted to work independently in the call center. Additionally, the BI Training Department provides updates and review training to Monitoring Services Specialists and Supervisory staff members for topics such as new and existing hardware products, the BI TotalAccess® software system and any large scale contracts that require specialized training focus. Each year all Monitoring Services Specialists and Supervisory staff members are required to complete a recertification test with a passing score of at least 85%.

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