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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
August 11, 2009
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Florida Department of Corrections Dedicates Second Re-entry Facility

Sanderson, FL - The Florida Department of Corrections is dedicating Baker Correctional Institution (CI) as a re-entry facility on Friday, August 14, 2009. The Department's re-entry initiative emphasizes preparing inmates for release into society by providing education, treatment and job skills.

Baker CI is Florida’s second re-entry institution and was established in partnership with Duval County for inmates returning to Northeast Florida after completing their sentences. Demilly CI in Polk County is the only other re-entry prison in the state. To be eligible for placement at Baker CI, inmates must have five or fewer years remaining on their sentences and they must plan to live in Duval, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Union or Columbia counties upon release. Emphasis at Baker CI is on education and vocational programming, treatment and life skills training such as budgeting and preparing for job interviews. The Department of Corrections is working closely with Duval county community leaders in this endeavor.

When: Friday, August 14, 2009 10 a.m.

Where: Baker Correctional Institution
20706 U.S. Highway 90 West
Sanderson, Florida 32087-0500

Directions: From I-10, take Exit 324 (US-90 West) approximately 4 miles. The Institution will be on the left. From I-75, take Exit 427 (US-90) approximately 15 miles. The Institution will be on the right.

Who: Florida Department of Corrections Secretary, Walter McNeil
Baker Correctional Warden, Melody Flores
Assistant Secretary of Re-entry, Franchatta Barber
Assistant Secretary of Institutions, Mark Red

What: The Florida Department of Corrections re-entry initiative is part of the Department’s public safety mission.  88% of inmates in the Department’s custody will one day return to Florida communities.  Inmates with basic education, substance abuse treatment, and vocational skills are less likely to commit another crime, create another victim and return to prison. It currently costs $20,108 a year to house and inmate in Florida's prison system.

There will be audio and video opportunities of inmates participating in programs

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