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Goose Creek Administrative Segregation Step-Down Program Graduates Four

Photo of four GCCC Ad Seg Step-Down Program graduates

Pictured (from L-R): Vic Solano, Ed Coordinator; PO Dan Traxinger, UT Manager; Timothy Mund, Michael Berg, Karl Vandenhurk, Richard Watkinson; Carol Hedler, MH II; PO Jessica Sanchez and Supt. John Conant.

The Step-Down program is a creative pathway for inmates in Administrative Segregation (AS-10) to learn and practice positive behavior through cognitive, educational, and psychological programming with the opportunity to progress to lower security classifications. It was started in December 2013 with nine inmate participants and was headed up by GCCC Unit Team Manager POIII Dan Traxinger. Other team members include a Mental Health Clinician, Probation Officer, Segregation Sergeant, Education Coordinator and Unit Team Advisors (officers). The AS-10 step-down is a volunteer program that requires a 12-14 month commitment from the inmate. GCCC is very pleased with the time and effort staff and the prisoners have contributed to the success of this program, and would like to congratulate the 4 graduates on their achievement.