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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Changing Lives with Mentors

Mentoring sometimes involves confronting issues and asking difficult questions.
Mentoring sometimes involves confronting
issues and asking difficult questions.
Being a mentor sometimes just means someone who will listen.
Being a mentor sometimes just
means someone who will listen.

The Florida Department of Correction encourages mentoring so that inmates will have positive role models and positive contacts for assistance upon release.

Mentoring is intended to enhance personal growth through sharing of experiences and to offer a framework for teaching values and life skills.

Mentoring topics are geared toward personal growth in ethical behavior and interpersonal relationships. Reasonable efforts are made to match inmates with mentors who are best-suited to address the inmates' individual needs. The mentors will be the same gender as the inmates and usually the same religion or non-religion.

The Department asks mentors, unlike other volunteers, to assist inmates with transitioning to public life, once released.

To learn more about becoming a mentor, please contact the chaplain at the prison in your area.