For Immediate Release
June 20, 2002
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Perry, FL - Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Moore visited the newly built Taylor Correctional Institution Annex in Perry on Thursday, June 20, for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony. Secretary Moore joined Department of Community Affairs Secretary Steve Seibert and Taylor County Commission Chairmen Frank Russell for the grand opening of the annex facility.
"We are excited about opening this new facility in Taylor County," Moore said. "The people of Taylor County have been great neighbors and friends to the Department of Corrections, and we look forward to continuing that partnership with the community."
"The new facility will provide a real boost to the economy in Taylor County and City of Perry with the creation of 135 new jobs. We estimate the economic impact to be approximately $9.3 million locally. Florida's prisons are safe and secure, and I'm very proud of the fact that we have had no inmate escapes from the secure perimeter of our correctional institutions in more than three years," he said.
Taylor Correctional Institution is a high-security prison facility comprised of 1,122 adult males in the main unit, and a capacity of 1,205 males in the annex. The annex will begin accepting youthful offender inmates, primarily from the closure of Hendry Correctional Institution, in July 2002. The annex has medical, classifications, program support facilities, as well as eight secure housing units (the housing units will consist of three "T" buildings and five open bay dorms).
Taylor Correctional Institution Annex is secured with a dual 12-foot high security fence with razor wire and microwave and microphone perimeter security systems. Control room staff monitors the entrance and exit of all visitors and staff through pedestrian and vehicle sally-port gates.
When fully operational, Taylor annex will employee 135 full-time employees and will have a $7.9 million operating budget ($4.6 million in payroll). The annex cost approximately $17,300,000 to build.