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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
October 6, 2009
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Franklin Correctional Institution Holds Inmate Graduation Ceremonies

Carrabelle - Franklin Correctional Institution recently held graduation ceremonies for twenty inmates who successfully completed the GED program and received their high school diplomas.  The program is overseen by the prison’s education department and teacher Melonie Inzetta and teacher’s aide Joyce Isetts. 

During the last two years, 112 inmates received their high school diplomas and 70 inmates completed the Vocational Plumbing Program at Franklin Correctional and have received their plumbing certificates.  The plumbing program is supervised by Dewey Smith.

These programs are part of the Florida Department of Corrections on going re-entry initiative to reduce inmate recidivism rates.  Statistics have shown that inmates who receive their GED while in prison are 7.9% less likely to return to prison and inmates who receive a vocational certificate, like the plumbing certificate offered at Franklin CI, are 14% less likely return to prison. 

The administration and staff at Franklin CI are committed to the re-entry initiative as we know it helps make our communities safer. 

If you would like more information about the programs at Franklin Correctional or would like to visit a program, please contact Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.

Graduating inmates with teacher Melonie Inzetta (right) and teacherís aide Joyce Isetts (left).
Graduating inmates with teacher Melonie Inzetta (right)
and teacher’s aide Joyce Isetts (left).

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