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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
March 20, 2009

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Opening of Demilly Correctional Institution with emphasis on Successful Inmate Re-Entry into Society

“When they succeed, we succeed.”

The Florida Department of Corrections' announces the official opening of Demilly Correctional Institution in Polk City, Florida on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 1 pm.

Demilly is Florida’s first transitional prison, exclusively preparing inmates for transition back into communities by emphasizing education, substance abuse treatment and re-entry skills Re-entry is an anti-crime approach which reduces victimization, recidivism and state spending on corrections.

“Our renewed emphasis on re-entry is about public safety and economics,” said Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil.” “Every time we can aid a former inmate in becoming a productive citizen, we are reducing crime and the economic burden on taxpayers.”

Currently the department estimates that 32.8% of all released inmates return to prison for a new offense or violation of probation within 36 months of their release. 42.8% of those admitted to prison have been there before. Florida currently houses over 100,000 inmates and supervises 122.000 offenders on active probation. The goal of the re-entry effort is to bring the recidivism rate down. Demilly is one part of that effort which includes volunteers and community partnerhsps.

Our motto is “When they succeed, we succeed,” said Assistant Secretary for Re-Entry Franchatta Barber. “When a former inmate returns to a law-abiding way of life and successfully faces his or her responsibilities, the whole of society benefits enormously.”

Demilly CI houses 350 adult male inmates with three years or less remaining on their sentences, preparing many for work release and successful re-entry into society. Demilly also provides life skills training in areas such as budgeting and preparing for job interviews.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil will address those in attendance.

Historical Information: This facility was established in 2008. Bartow Work Release Center, Tarpon Springs Work Release Center, Largo Residential Re-Entry Center, Suncoast Work Release Center (Male) and St. Petersburg Work Release Center are under the supervision of Demilly CI.

Total Staff (on 10/08): 50

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