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Press Release
April 8, 2005
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Florida Department of Corrections Inmates to Assist Black on Black Crime Task Force and the City of Gainesville in Construction of Reichert House

Gainesville-Florida prison inmate labor will save taxpayers over $50,000 in the construction of a new state-of-the-art 5400 square foot after-school facility for at-risk youth in Gainesville.

"Prison inmate labor makes projects like this possible," said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr. "No one wants to see young people avoid prison more than someone in our profession," he said.

The inmate construction crew is being provided by Gainesville Correctional Institution. The department is a proud partner with Gainesville Police Chief Norman Botsford and Ms. Rosa Williams, Chairwoman for the Black on Black Crime Task Force. Chief Botsford and Williams are leaders in the joint effort to prevent youth from entering the criminal justice system.

Originally founded in 1987 the Reichert House was designed to give at-risk youth the opportunity to achieve and maintain a lifestyle free from substance abuse and crime. Currently the staff at Reichert House serves more than 80 youth in a 1200 square foot facility.