July 20, 2005
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Tallahassee -The Florida Department of Corrections hosted a prison tour and Q&A session for 30 newly-commissioned Bahamian correctional officers, July 14-15.
"The Bahamas are not only our neighbors, but our corrections partners," said Florida DOC Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr.
Bahamian Superintendent of Prisons Dr. Elliston Rahming stated prior to his visit: "Her Majesty's Prison has recently taken on a squad of recruit officers. It is my intention to lift their horizons and broaden their perspective by exposing them at the onset to best practices in corrections."
The Bahamian officers toured the Central Florida Reception Center (CFRC) in Orlando and observed the reception process for inmates entering into the Florida prison system. The following day, they visited Broward Correctional Institution, the state's largest women's prison.
At the CFRC, inmates receive their initial instruction about prison life and rules, are examined for medical and educational needs and are assigned to one of more than 50 facilities in the state.
State correctional officers and administrators, as well as DOC Chief of Staff Mike Hanna, Deputy Secretary for Institutions Franchatta Barber and Regional Director David Pridgen, were on hand to answer questions from the new Bahamian officers.
"These young officers were well prepared and asked excellent questions," said CFRC Warden Charles Germany. "They were impressed by the orderly movement of such a large number of inmates, and by our security. They have only 1500 prisoners in their entire country and intend to make this a regular part of their curriculum."
The Florida Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 Floridians and protects the public through the incarceration of felons in state prisons, and community supervision of more 220,000 offenders, statewide.