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Utah State Prison’s Timpanogos facility Ex-Cell program celebrated the graduation of 11 offenders on August 30. The female graduates completed a year-long program that addresses substance abuse issues in a residential treatment setting. Ex-Cell is based on a therapeutic community model (TC), but it is designed to be sensitive to the gender-responsive needs of females, addressing biological, social and cultural differences specific to them.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Dave Beck the Director of Experiential Therapies at Cirque Lodge Treatment Center. Mr. Beck gave a moving speech to the graduates of power, love and self-acceptance. Resident speaker Jill Goff also provided an inspirational speech to her fellow graduates.2017 08 excell key note speaker

Several performances took place during the graduation, a stomp routine and a performance by the inmate choir.

The TC seeks to support the development of work responsibilities/skills to enhance employment and career opportunities by facilitating Davis Applied Technical College certificate programs as well as access to Canyon’s School District. Ex-Cell promotes a 40-hour productivity model.  Residents participate in literacy education, GED, high school completion, vocational training, and other programs to prepare them for release.  Ex-Cell encourages employment options for offenders.  The treatment team monitors participant progress.

Recidivism rates are much lower for residents who complete one of the three therapeutic community treatment programs (Con-Quest, Hope, or Ex-Cell).  Recent research indicates programs at the Utah State Prison have a return-to-prison rate that is a one-third of the numbers of those who leave prison without program participation.

- Public Information Office, August 30, 2017