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Cornell Half Way House Employees Charged with Drug Trafficking

The Ben Reid Community Correctional Facility in northeast Houston is run by
Houston-based Cornell Companies, Inc., under a $4.8 million contract with
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In May, 2004, Roy Thomas, 50, Ben
Reid's director of employee training, was arrested after police, acting on
confidential information, found 212 tablets of the prescription pain
medication hydrocondone and 123 tablets of the prescription anti-anxiety
drug Xanax in his car. Thomas was indicted on August 26, 2004, for the
first-degree felony of possession with intent to distribute.

The discovery of the drugs led Cornell to give drug tests to all 80 Ben
Reid employees. This led to the resignation of seven employees. In 2003,
Cornell had fired Ben Reid's director and several upper-level managers for
poor management and multiple corporate policy violations. In August, 2004,
Cornell's shareholders met in Houston and called for the replacement of
Cornell's chairman and CEO, Harry Phillips, for poor management.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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