The Cornerstone Way
Success is achieved by Cornerstone’s commitment to staff training.




Cornerstone’s nationwide, gender-specific treatment programs teach youth accountability and responsibility in highly structured, education-oriented environments while ensuring community safety. Cornerstone’s success results in large part from its approach to treatment, and we call it “The Cornerstone Way.” It is multifaceted and based on empirical research of "Best Practices" with our unique populations.


 Expecting Greatness

As a leader in the field, Cornerstone recognizes the need for well-trained staff. Cornerstone provides extensive, ongoing training for all its programs. It is our staff’s responsibility to teach, coach, mentor, model and set limits for all our youth.

Cornerstone expects greatness from its youth because we believe their potential is great. It is our job to show them that greatness exists within each of them. Cornerstone Programs helps our youth learn to cope rather than striking out under stress – a challenging assignment for young people who often learned survival skills in life’s most challenging situations.

 Comprehensive Approach

Cornerstone’s comprehensive adolescent treatment programs include:

  • Residential and Non-Residential Treatment
  • Secure and Staff-Secure Treatment
  • Sexual and Violent Offender Treatment
  • Detention Services
  • Intensive Supervision / Alternatives to Detention
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Gender-Specific / Female Responsive Programming for Girls
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment
  • Aftercare Services

 Their Future

Learning what is pro-social and acceptable behavior, improving social and life skills and gaining respect for one’s self and others in a caring environment – that’s the Cornerstone Program. And today, it’s making a difference in the lives of hundreds of young men and women.


Our Founders.

  • Jane O’Shaughnessy, Board of Directors
  • Joseph P. Newman, CEO
In Remebrance of
Jane O'Shaughnessy

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science (1966) and a master’s degree in social work (1974) from St. Louis University, Jane began her career as a child welfare worker and later served as a juvenile probation officer. From 1973 to 1976, she managed an adult community release facility in St. Louis while serving as an adjunct professor of social work at St. Louis University.


Jane was a pioneer in the corrections field. From 1976 until 1985, in her role as Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, Jane developed humane care standards and the process by which facilities become accredited, which in turn transformed the field of adult and juvenile corrections. She was affectionally known among colleagues as “the mother of accreditation”.


In 1985, Governor Richard Lamm appointed Jane to the Colorado State Parole Board. In 1987, she founded the company that became Cornerstone Programs Corporation and served as CEO. After her retirement, Jane continued to serve on Cornerstone’s Board of Directors.


Jane was a board member of the American Correctional Association and later was a board member of the International Community Corrections Association. She was a founding member of the Women’s Task Force of the American Correctional Association. Jane authored “Standards for Correctional Systems for Women Offenders” as well as articles on program development, standards and accreditation. She also served on several local and national advisory boards in the corrections and child welfare fields, such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, Mount Saint Vincent Home and Colorado Physician Health Program.


Jane will be remembered as a bold visionary who advocated for women, children and youth and empowered those around her. She leaves behind a legacy of making a difference in many lives, through her caring spirit and tenacity.

Joseph Newman
is CEO for Cornerstone Programs Corporation.

Mr. Newman began his career as a police officer with the Baltimore Police Department, rising to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 1992. He also served as adjunct professor of Criminal Justice in the Maryland State Community College System.

In 1992, Mr. Newman was appointed by Governor Schaeffer as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. In this position he was responsible for the administration of intake, probation and aftercare services, and a full range of non-residential and residential services which are provided by a combination of public and private vendors. Mr. Newman left the Department to join Cornerstone Programs Corporation in 1994.

Mr. Newman has made presentations on illegal drug activity and the management of law enforcement agencies to the Maryland State Judicial Conference; the National Conference on Cocaine; the U.S. House of Representatives, House Select Committee on Drug Abuse and the National Public Housing Conference. From 1982 through 1988, Mr. Newman served on the Baltimore Mayor's Drug Advisory Council and in 1988 on the Maryland Governor's Inter-Agency Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Mr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore, a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.