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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Prisons

Keeping Our Communities Safe

As part of the Department’s re-entry effort, we are:

  • ensuring inmates are placed in appropriate program slots like education and treatment;
  • increasing the number of re-entry centers with the goal of placing a center in each of the Department’s four prison regions;
  • creating or enhancing pre-release re-entry services;
  • coordinating with other state agencies whose responsibilities intersect with re-entry efforts;
  • partnering with faith-based and other non-profit organizations that are engaged in the continuum of providing services;

Single Point of Entry

In the interests of public safety, fiscal responsibility, and criminal justice effectiveness, the Department is reconfiguring one existing prison per region into a Re-Entry Center. Re-Entry Centers are located in areas that receive a large number of inmate releases. Local communities are partnering with the Department by establishing a Single Point of Re-Entry to assist inmates in successfully returning to that community. The community’s Single Point of Re-Entry will receive released inmates and coordinate community services which will help these inmates make a successful transition into the community.

A Thank You Note

To whom it may concern:

My name is [Name redacted] and being a former inmate many would of thought I had very little going for myself, but I refused to allow this experience to be a stumbling block but rather reversed it into a stepping stone. This could not have been possible of course, without the help of the stretched out hand of Marion Correctional Institution vocational programs and the wonderful opportunity given to me. I consider myself very blessed.

To the employees who still hold on to the hope for the inmates and count it joy when even one surpasses and betters themselves -- there is great reward in their work because not only is the financial need met by work, but there is also satisfaction in the work performed.

One of these employees happens to be Mr. Willard of the Wastewater Tech. Vocational Program to whom I am greatly indebted for his knowledge in the water field and life in general, his understanding, patience and encouragement. I have been a free man for almost two years now and in that time I have married, purchased a home, and I have maintained a stable job in the water/wastewater field. The lord has blessed me with a new family and with that a new life.

Respectfully,
[Name redacted]