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Media Advisory
May 8, 2009
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Glades Correctional Institution becomes Florida’s fourth Faith and Character-based Prison

Reporters are invited to attend the dedication ceremony of South Florida’s first Faith and Character-based (FCB) prison, Glades Correctional Institution, on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Faith and Character-based institutions are a component of the Department’s Re-Entry Mission.   Reporters must report to the gate between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Glades Correctional along with its satellite facilities, Glades Work Camp, Glades Road Prison and Sago Palm Work Camp, can house approximately 1600 inmates who volunteer for the program. The mission of FCB institutions is to help inmates build moral character, develop spiritual resources and acquire life skills that will lead to positive behavior both behind bars and after release. An inmate’s faith orientation, or lack thereof, is not considered in determining admission to a FCB institution and the programs at the facility do not attempt to convert an offender toward a particular faith or religious preference.

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

There will be audio and video opportunities of inmates participating in programs. Reporters can also interview Secretary McNeil regarding the Department’s Re-Entry Mission and FCB programs.

Call the Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420 for more information.

Directions: 500 Orange Avenue Circle, Belle Glade, Florida

Take I-95 to West Palm Beach. Turn west onto Southern Boulevard. Drive approximately 42 miles to US-441 and turn left. Drive approximately ½ mile and entrance to institution will be on the right.