The Pike County Correctional Facility received the Best Practices Award in the small jail category in recognition of its Model Recidivism Reduction Programs. The award was given by the Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania for 2020.
The Best Practices Award was presented virtually during the Oct. 21 Pike County Commissioners meeting to Warden Craig Lowe and his staff by Janine Quigley, chair of the CCAP Committee on County Criminal Justice Systems for the 21st Century.
“I would like to thank CCAP for this distinct honor. I also thank the commissioners, prison board, volunteers, staff, Reentry Coalition and our contracted employees for making our facility programs a complete success,” says Warden Lowe. “Together we continue to help offenders get back on their feet and have successful outcomes. I am proud of our team and thank everyone for working together for the betterment of others.”
To reduce recidivism, the Pike jail implemented a suite of programs for “personal betterment, preparation for release, and rehabilitation.”
“Under the leadership of Warden Lowe and Assistant Wardens Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Romance, the team at PCCF works hard every day to maintain a disciplined and safe correctional environment while providing offenders with tools for societal success upon release,” the commissioners said in a statement.
Approximately 100 volunteers in more than 90 programs help offenders at the Pike facility.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nationally the rate of recidivism hovers at about 70%. At the Pike jail, the recidivism rate over the last three years is 19%. “The criminal justice system is meant to rehabilitate,” said the commissioners, “but incarcerated individuals are often repeat and returning offenders. A high recidivism rate burdens correctional facilities, taxpayers, communities, and families.”
“Together we continue to help offenders get back on their feet and have successful outcomes. I am proud of our team and thank everyone for working together for the betterment of others.” —Warden Craig Lowe