ANTHONY CENTER JUDGED A SUCCESS
Posted: August 10, 2007
Greenbrier County’s Anthony Correctional facility is a therapeutic program which includes education, vocational training, and counseling.
The facility accommodates 172 offenders, ages 18-23 who have been sentenced by circuit judges to a term of six months to 2 years.
The West Virginia Department of Education’s 2006 survey tracked 262 offenders released from Anthony Center in 2005 or 2006. Fifty-six per cent were employed or participating in some type of continuing education within one year of being released.
Cabell County Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson considers The Anthony Center a success. It has been his experience that most youthful offenders who complete the program do not re-offend
The Anthony Center has a ninety-eight per cent success rate in its GED program according to principal Rowena Harmon.
The Center also provides each offender with a vocational education.
Two teachers focus on life skills classes.
Offenders who do not complete the program are returned to the community to complete their sentences.