David Foster, The Trentonian, July 12, 2015
A Bo Robinson chef was apparently serving up something creepy. According to a discrimination lawsuit, Mohamed Abdel Ghani, the then-director of food service at the Trenton halfway house, would continually sexually harass a female co-worker, whose repeated complaints to management were ignored. …. Abdel Ghani and the victim were both employees of Community Education Centers (CEC), the service provider at Bo Robinson…The lawsuit documents the victim complained four times to management, three times to Joe Collier, the shift supervisor of operations, and once to director Mark Salaga, from February 2013 until June 2014…The harassment allegedly continued after the first three complaints, leading to retaliatory measures such as Abdel Ghani cutting her overtime.
Source: Mercer County pulls all of its inmates from Bo Robinson
David Foster, The Trentonian, June 23, 2015
Mercer County has reached its breaking point with the care of its inmates contracted to Bo Robinson. On Friday, the public agency pulled all 12 inmates housed at the Trenton halfway house and sent them to the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell. …. Furthermore, Boonin said the county will not send any new inmates to privately-run Bo Robinson until the county regains confidence in the facility. …. Education & Health Centers of America (EHCA) is the nonprofit operator of the halfway houses. Community Education Centers (CEC), a for-profit company that once shared CEOs with EHCA until earlier this year, is the service provider of the halfway houses.
Halfway house employee charged with sexual assaulting resident in Trenton
Source: NJ.com, June 10, 2015
An employee of the Albert M. “Bo” Robinson Assessment & Treatment Center has been charged with performing a sex act on a male resident, police said. … “That afternoon the complainant was removed from the facility, and the employee was suspended from his position and subsequently terminated from his employment,” said Charles Seigel, a spokesman for Community Education Centers, which owns and runs the facility.
Bo Robinson service provider CEO denies drug culture claims at halfway house
Source: David Foster, The Trentonian, April 17, 2015
The head of the service provider at Bo Robinson refutes rampant drug use allegations in the wake of two escaped inmates’ deaths from overdoses. But he was unable to provide factual evidence showing otherwise. In an interview with The Trentonian on Friday, Community Education Centers CEO James E. Hyman believes recent reports documenting a drug culture at the Trenton halfway house are unsubstantiated….Coming under scrutiny before, the privately run Enterprise Avenue facility has been the focus of a series of Trentonian stories in recent weeks. Bo Robinson inmates Douglas Kelvy and Michael Preston walked away from their approved work site in Burlington on March 13. Four days later, they were both found dead of an apparent overdose in a room at Americas Best Value Inn in Cherry Hill, surrounded by a number of stamped bags and syringes. Both men had opiates and cocaine in their system. In a Trentonian cover story earlier this week, Kelvy’s ex-fiancee detailed phone conversations with the inmate shortly before he escaped from Bo Robinson. In the story, she alleged Kelvy told her on a smuggled-in cellphone that he could get any drug he wanted at Bo Robinson and admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana 10 days before he escaped. … Staff members have complained to The Trentonian that they only earn $10 an hour and are underpaid, apparently triggering the contraband and drugs that allegedly make it into the facility….
Charges dismissed in lawsuit involving escape from Newark halfway house
Source: Ted Sherman, Star-Ledger, May 20, 2013
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey in connection with the death of a 21-year-old Garfield woman allegedly killed by a parolee who escaped the custody of a Newark halfway house nearly three years ago. However, the case will be allowed to continue against the private operators that run the facility. … The lawsuit charged Community Education Centers, the state of New Jersey, the Department of Corrections, the state Parole Board and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey all with failing to prevent Goodell’s escape and Tulli’s death….
Democrats in Trenton Push New Halfway-House Rules
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, November 20, 2012
Prominent Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly are proposing landmark legislation that would significantly tighten oversight of the state’s troubled halfway houses and curb the operations of the politically influential company at the heart of the system….
Executive at Company Tied to New Jersey’s Halfway Houses Is Leaving
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, November 8, 2012
Sister of woman allegedly killed by Newark halfway house parolee files wrongful death suit
Source: Alexi Friedman, Star-Ledger, August 24, 2012
The sister of a 21-year-old Garfield woman killed two years ago, allegedly by a parolee who escaped the custody of a Newark halfway house, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the private company operating the facility, known as Logan Hall. Filed Thursday in Superior Court in Newark, the lawsuit is the second one in less than a week to name Community Education Centers as a defendant. The company runs Logan Hall and New Jersey’s biggest halfway house, Delaney Hall, also in Newark.
Garfield woman sues state, operator of Newark halfway house following sister’s murder
Source: John Reitmeyer and Melissa Hayes, Record, August 23, 2012
1,200-Bed Halfway House in Newark Is Operating Illegally, Suit Says
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, August 21, 2012
New Jersey Fines Halfway Houses $45,000 Over Escapes
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, August 14, 2012
Christie Seeks to Weaken Oversight of Halfway Houses
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, August 8, 2012
Panel hears dueling views of NJ halfway houses
Source: Joelle Farrell, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 2012
New Jersey cases shine spotlight on privately operated halfway houses
Source: Joelle Farrell, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 19, 2012
At a Halfway House, Bedlam Reigns
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, June 17, 2012
The Bo Robinson center in New Jersey is as large as a prison and is intended to help inmates re-enter society. But The New York Times found that drugs, gangs and sexual abuse are rife behind its walls.
Finances Plague Company Running Halfway Houses
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, June 16, 2012
As Escapees Stream Out, a Penal Business Thrives
Source: Sam Dolnick, New York Times, June 16, 2012
A company with deep ties to Gov. Chris Christie dominates New Jersey’s system of large halfway houses. There has been little state oversight, despite widespread problems, The New York Times found….Since 2005, roughly 5,100 inmates have escaped from the state’s privately run halfway houses, including at least 1,300 in the 29 months since Governor Christie took office, according to an analysis by The Times…. By contrast, the state’s prisons had three escapes in 2010 and none in the first nine months of 2011, the last period for which the state gave figures….
…Mr. Christie, a Republican who took office in January 2010, has for years championed the company that plays a principal role in the New Jersey system, Community Education Centers. Community Education received about $71 million from state and county agencies in New Jersey in the 2011 fiscal year, out of total halfway house spending of roughly $105 million, according to state and company records. The company first obtained substantial contracts for its “re-entry centers” in New Jersey in the late 1990s, as state financing began increasing sharply. In recent years, it has cited its success in New Jersey in obtaining government contracts in Colorado, Pennsylvania and other states. ….