Florida Department of Corrections Dedicates Second Re-entry Facility
SANDERSON, FL - The Florida Department of Corrections is dedicating Baker Correctional Institution (CI) as a re-entry facility on Friday, August 14, 2009. The Department's re-entry initiative emphasizes preparing inmates for release into society by providing academic and vocational education, treatment programs and job preparation skills.
“The Department’s re-entry initiative is really about public safety,” says Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil. “We know the majority of our inmates will return to our neighborhoods and communities. Inmates with basic education, substance abuse treatment, and vocational skills are less likely to commit another crime, create another victim and come back to prison.”
Florida’s prison population is close to 101,000 inmates and is the third largest state prison system in the country. It currently costs $20,108 a year to house an inmate in Florida's prison system.
Baker CI is Florida’s second re-entry institution and was established in partnership with Duval County for inmates returning to Northeast Florida after completing their sentences. To be eligible for placement at Baker CI, inmates must have five or fewer years remaining on their sentences and they must plan to live in Duval, Baker, Bradford, Clay, and Nassau, Union or Columbia counties upon release. Emphasis at Baker CI is on education with GED classes and vocational programming like masonry, cabinetmaking and electricity programs. Anger management, substance abuse programs and transition skills programs are also available to assist inmates in successfully returning to the community. Demilly CI in Polk County is the only other re-entry prison in the state.
Call the Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420 for more information.