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Providence Service Corporation Comments on Consent Solicitation by Avalon Correctional Services, Inc.
Date:2/6/2009

Says 'History Shows Avalon Is No Champion of Corporate Governance'

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today commented on the recent announcement that an entity controlled by Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CITY) together with other related persons, including Donald E. Smith, the CEO, controlling shareholder and sole director of Avalon, intends to initiate a consent solicitation against the Company.

"We have no doubt that Avalon's consent solicitation is an attempt, like a 'wolf in sheep's clothing' to disingenuously appear to be concerned with corporate governance when in reality their consent solicitation is part of an integrated plan to obtain substantial influence and effective control over Providence," commented Fletcher McCusker, Providence's CEO. "Since early November of last year, after learning that Avalon had accumulated approximately 19.6% of Providence's common stock and had, in its Schedule 13D, implied that a proxy contest was within contemplation, we have sought to constructively engage with Avalon and its principals, even reluctantly holding an in-person meeting with them at our corporate offices notwithstanding our significant concerns and reservations about engaging in discussions with representatives of Avalon due to, among other things, Avalon's colorful history as an operator of a water park, de-certified mental health facilities and community corrections programs and its adversarial relationships with various regulatory and payer organizations.

"While we remain open to having future discussions with Avalon as long as they are constructive, the Board of Directors of Providence will not be intimidated, bullied or distracted by the threats and intimidation tactics of one dissident stockholder. The Board remains foc
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