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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
February 6, 2004
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Department of Corrections
Breaks Ground on Franklin Prison

TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of Corrections James V. Crosby, Jr., local officials, and representatives from Clark Construction broke ground today on a 1,335 bed prison facility in Franklin County. Construction of the $53.5 million dollar facility will begin within the next 30 days.

"Governor Bush has continually provided funding for prison beds insuring inmates are no longer released early. As a result crime in Florida is at the lowest point in 30 years," said Crosby. "Today's groundbreaking marks the Governor's commitment to making Florida a safer place for the years ahead."

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to assist Governor Bush and Secretary Crosby in fulfilling the promise to provide needed jobs to many displaced workers in Franklin County. The economic boost to our community, our schools and our businesses will be felt for years to come and will help in sustaining an independent and vibrant economy," said Representative Will Kendrick.

Inmates should be arriving and filling the first completed dorm in June 2005 with all construction complete by December 2005. Six open bay dorms housing 170 inmates each and two (2) secure housing units will be built. Additional medical, program and support buildings will be included.

Franklin Correctional Institution will employ 295 people and have an estimated $13.2 million dollar payroll. The total operating budget for the facility is expected to be $18.5 million.

Franklin Correctional Institution will be located at 1760 Highway 67 in Carrabelle.

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