Demilly Correctional Institution became the first Re-Entry Facility in March 2009
Demilly Correctional Institution in Polk County became the Department's first re-entry facility with an emphasis on programs and treatment for inmates nearing release. These re-entry programs and services will prepare inmates for successful transition back into society.
Baker Correctional Institution was dedicated in August 2009
Baker Correctional Institution in Baker County was the second re-entry facility. Baker Correctional Institution offers re-entry services to inmates being released to Duval County and surrounding counties. It is the site of the Second Chance Demonstration Grant project funded by the Second Chance Grant funds. Inmates will receive comprehensive programs and services to assist their transition from prison to the community.
Polk Correctional Institution In October 2010
Polk Correctional Institution was designated a re-entry facility. It houses inmates nearing release who will be returning to Hillsborough, Polk, and Pinellas Counties. This facility offers comprehensive programs and services to assist inmates that transition from prison to the community.
Sago Palm Re-Entry Facility In October 2010
Sago Palm was designated a re-entry facility. Sago Palm houses inmates nearing release who will be returning to Palm Beach County. This facility will offer comprehensive programs and services to assist inmates to transition from prison to the community. Earlier this year, the Department partnered with Palm Beach County to seek 2010 Second Chance Grant funding to enhance the re-entry efforts in their community. Through this collaboration, Palm Beach County was successful in receiving a grant award in the amount of $750,000 to provide pre- and post release re-entry services for the inmates at Sago Palm Re-Entry Facility.
The Faith- and Character-Based Correctional Initiative offers inmates an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and classes focused on personal growth and character development. The Faith- and Character-Based Plus program encourages inmates to choose alternatives to criminal thinking and behavior by focusing on spiritual and character development, life skills, community service, and preparing inmates for living as law-abiding citizens. Key components of the program include a strong positive peer culture, a curriculum that addresses risk factors and a mentoring relationship with a positive role model volunteer from the community.
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for individuals involved with the criminal justice system that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. This program was created by the National Institute of Corrections. Two-dozen participants received the T4C "Train the Trainer" training as of June 30, 2011, including 14 DC Staff, seven Contracted Staff, and three Non- DC staff, and many more classes are gearing up.
"Computers for Kids" program helps inmates learn a trade; benefits kids and the environment by renovating old computers
Inmates at two Florida Department of Corrections prisons will be refurbishing donated computers to be given to non profit organizations that serve children, including schools, religious organizations and community programs. The "Computers for Kids" program is the Department's latest re-entry program, designed to provide meaningful job training to inmates to better prepare them for employment upon release. This aligns with Governor Scott's 7-7-7 plan and his vision. The child-centered organizations must have a 501(c)3 status to receive a refurbished, fullyfunctioning computer.
The children get a free computer that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill, while inmates learn a useful trade that will provide them employment opportunities upon release.
The Florida Department of Corrections has partnered with the Corrections Foundation to implement the program at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell and Cross City Correctional Institution in Dixie County. Inmates will be trained by vocational instructors.
The computers that will be accepted for donation must meet certain standards – Pentium 4 with a minimum 512 MB of memory; Macs –Performa, Centris, Power Mac, or G3 and up, servers with dual-core Xeon processors with a minimum 2 GB of memory and a CD/DVD drive. Laser printers will also be accepted. Peripherals in working condition will also be accepted: color monitors, keyboards, mice, power and monitor cables, and CD/DVD drives, network cards, Pentium motherboards, RAM SIMMS, 120+ GB hard drives.
Anyone interested in making or receiving donations may contact the Corrections Foundation at 850-717-3712. The Corrections Foundation will be responsible for reviewing and awarding computers to organizations that request them.
Currently, Florida inmates do not have access to computers, unless as part of a vocational program, nor do they have internet access. A similar program was run by the Department from 1999-2006, during which 7,000 computers were distributed to child-centered organizations.
Prescription Discount Drug Cards to be Provided for Releases
In June 2011, the Florida Department of Corrections partnered with Recovery Health Network to offer a new prescription discount drug card for newly released inmates and for offenders on community supervision. The Recovery Health Network Medication Card provides offenders with discounted prescription drug benefits to help with the burden of skyrocketing prescription drug costs promoting the continuity of care for inmates being released.
One of the Department's Re-Entry goals is to match inmates and offenders with needed resources, and putting these prescription cards in the hands of offenders on community supervision and inmates when they are released has helped keep them on their medications as they reintegrate into their communities. Through this partnership, the Department is minimizing the possibility of interrupted services.
Recovery Health Network RX Drug Cards offer up to 75% discounts on prescription medications, laboratory tests and imaging services. Cards have been sent to prisons and community corrections offices statewide. Anyone can receive a free card by visiting www.recoveryhealthnetwork. com. The Recovery Health Network prescription savings card allows prescription medication users to save money and is recognized by over 54,000 pharmacies nationwide. This program is available to everyone, never expires, has unlimited uses, and works for all physicianprescribed medications.