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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Education and Job Training
Florida Corrections Distance Learning Network (CDLN)

Les Dumas
(850) 410-4416
SunCom 210-4416

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The Florida Corrections Distance Learning Network (CDLN) consists of 48 sites located at 33 correctional institutions, five regional offices, and five regional probation and parole offices. Using satellite and two-way video conferencing technologies, the network provides efficient, cost-effective delivery of a variety of educational programs for offenders, and staff development and training programs for employees. Educational programming includes academic, vocational training, and life management skills. In FY 1997-98, five new network sites were added at additional institutions. In addition, a pilot project incorporating fully interactive two-way video conferencing classrooms at two institutions, Okeechobee and Taylor Correctional Institutions, was initiated, providing the capability to conduct numerous weekly academic and vocational classes for inmates at each of these institutions.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • In FY 1997-98, CDLN delivered over 65 training programs, meetings, and educational classes. Over 4,500 employees received the initial training in these sessions and subsequent training reached thousands more through sites videotaping the sessions for future use;
  • Planning was completed for a literacy training program for instructors, volunteers, and inmate tutors, which preceded the delivery of a 30-part literacy program. A Math Basics program is being evaluated for delivery at the end of the year.