| Press Release
November 20, 2007
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Tallahassee - A specialty license plate dedicated to Florida Department of Corrections’ (DC) officers and staff, is available for purchase at the office of local tax collectors.
The Corrections Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief to Department employees in times of crises, worked with Governor Charlie Crist and the legislature to approve the license plate.
The specialty license plate, which has a yellow starburst over a blue profile of Florida with the words “Corrections Foundation,” serves two purposes:
The first is to raise the profile of Corrections' officers. “We see a strong need to raise the level of DC officer awareness to that of other law enforcement and emergency responders,” said Corrections Foundation President and former-longtime Secretary Louie Wainwright. “With Secretary James McDonough’s approval and strong support, we moved forward. Correctional officers are surrounded by hundreds of felons inside prisons and probation and parole officers interact with known felons daily. Most of the time they’re unarmed.”
The second and equally important purpose is to raise funds to provide financial assistance and relief to DC’s employees in times of emergencies through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The Department of Corrections has 27,635 employees, of which 15,274 participate. Since 1999, the Corrections Foundation has provided over $2.1 million to 1,766 of those employees through the program. Each week the Foundation provides financial assistance to approximately five DC staff.
Proceeds from the $25 plate will help support this program while allowing the Foundation to establish and support other programs benefiting DC employees.