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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
July 15, 2008
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Lowell Correctional Institution Substance Abuse Treatment Graduation Ceremony Set for July 16, 2008: Commencement Address by Rep. Kurt Kelly

Tallahassee -- Sixty-three female inmates from Lowell Correctional Institution will be graduating from an in-prison substance abuse treatment program on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the prison. The inmates, including adults and youthful offenders, have completed six months of intensive gender specific treatment utilizing individual and group counseling. The curriculum also addresses criminal thinking and re-entry skills. Participation in twelve step groups like Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous is also required. Program participants are housed together in one prison dormitory to facilitate cohesiveness and keep them focused on their common goal of kicking their addictions and living a crime free lifestyle.

Florida Representative Kurt Kelly of Ocala will give the commencement address, focusing on the inmates’ achievements thus far and the importance of continuing to battle their addictions through the use of community resources like AA and NA, church groups, faith-based programs, and community health providers as they re-enter society.

The Florida Department of Corrections contracts with The Unlimited Path of Central Florida, Inc., to provide this program to inmates with substance abuse problems. Unlimited Path has provided in-prison substance abuse treatment services to the DC since 1997. Lowell CI houses approximately 2,800 female inmates of varying custody levels.

If media wishes to attend, please contact the Florida Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 488-0420.