June 19, 2009
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
Reporters are invited to observe the skills of the Florida Department of Corrections’ new cell phone-sniffing dog, Uno, at Wakulla CI’s Training Building on Wednesday, June 24 at 2 p.m. Uno will be accompanied by Razor, the only other cell-phone detecting dog currently working in the prison system.
Contraband cell phones are a serious security issue, and have been used to introduce drugs and weapons, extort other inmates, coordinate escape attempts and disrupt prison operations. Since January, 300 cell phones and 84 chargers have been confiscated from Florida’s 101,000 prison inmates. These cell phones have been discovered by Razor and the Department’s eight drug detection dogs, who often find the phones and drugs in the same location.
Following the dogs’ demonstration, reporters are invited to tour the prison programs at Wakulla CI, and there will be video and audio opportunities. Wakulla CI is the Department’s largest Faith and Character-based institution with 1,321 inmates of minimum, medium and close custody levels. The programs being featured are part of the Department’s re-entry initiative, which focuses on providing inmates the skills, education and treatment they need to succeed upon release.
Call Gretl Plessinger in the Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 if you have questions.
Directions to Wakulla CI Training Building: From I-10 take Exit 199 (US-27 South) through downtown Tallahassee, the town of Woodville (US-363, Woodville Hwy) and across the Leon/Wakulla County line. Turn left onto Commerce Boulevard (first paved road on left after the County line). Go approximately 4½ miles on Commerce Boulevard and turn right on Melaleuca Drive. Travel approximately 200 yards and you’ll see the training building on the left.
Address: 110 Melaleuca Drive, Crawfordville, Florida, 32327-4963