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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary



For Immediate Release
September 29, 1997
For More Information Contact:
Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Secretary Singletary to visit
Partnership Programs

Tallahassee - Harry K. Singletary, Jr., Secretary of the Department of Corrections will visit two of the department's partnership programs on Thursday, October 2, 1997.

At 10:00 a.m., the staff of the Gainesville Work Camp, State Road 26 East in Gainesville, will conduct a tour of the facility and will highlight the Inmates Managing and Providing Animal Care and Training (IMPACT) program that is a partnership with Southeastern Guide Dog, Inc. The inmates are responsible for providing basic obedience compliance training to the dogs. After completion of the program the dogs are returned to Southeastern Guide Dog, Inc. for additional training and placement. New puppies will be arriving on Thursday, October 2, 1997. The dogs currently in training will demonstrate their skills.

At 2:00 p.m., Secretary Singletary will tour Tomoka Correctional Institution, 3950 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, including the area expanded for the Braille and Talking Book Library Services program. This program is a partnership with the Division of Blind Services and has been recognized nationally as a model for other state prison systems. Inmates read and record literature for the seeing impaired. They also repair, clean and refurbish tape players, translate braille onto cassette tapes, erasing and recycle cassettes and repair braille machines.

Media representatives are invited to attend both events . Please remember that photo identification is required for entrance into all correctional facilities. Proper dress is required. (No shorts or cutoffs).