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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
January 9, 2009

For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Demilly Correctional Institution Tour

Reporters are invited to tour the Florida Department of Corrections' Demilly Correctional Institution on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. Demilly CI is Florida’s first transitional prison, housed in a former Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Polk County, and is slated to open in February 2009. It will house 380 minimum to medium custody adult male inmates with sentences of three years or less to serve, preparing them exclusively for work release and successful re-entry into society. Emphasis at Demilly is on education, substance abuse treatment and life skills such as learning how to budget and preparing for job interviews.

There will be limited opportunities for photographs. Franchatta Barber, Assistant Secretary for Re-Entry, and Demilly CI Warden Rod James will be participating in the tour and will be available for questions. The Demilly tour is being conducted in conjunction with the American Correctional Association’s 2009 winter conference being held in Kissimmee. If you are a reporter and wish to attend the Demilly Tour, call Public Affairs Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 778-6758 for more information.

Directions: From I-4 take Exit 44 (SR-559 North) and drive approximately 1 mile to County Road 557-A. Turn right onto CR 557-A and drive approximately 1.5 miles to Evans Road. Turn left onto Evans Road and drive to DeMilley Road. Turn left onto DeMilley Road and drive about 1.1 miles. Demilly CI will be on the right.

Historical Information: This facility was established to prepare inmates for work release and aid in a successful re-entry into society. This facility officially opens in February 2009. 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.