May 10, 2010
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Reporters are invited to Okaloosa Correctional Institution by Warden Alan Pippin to attend their Re-Entry Development Conference on Thursday, May 13, 2010 beginning at 6 p.m.
The Florida Department of Corrections’ mission includes the successful re-entry of prison inmates back into society, further ensuring public safety by producing law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. Okaloosa CI has enthusiastically embraced this initiative by providing numerous programs to its inmates through partnerships with the inmate’s families, local churches and community organizations.
The conference will include a light meal, a summary of Okaloosa’s re-entry initiative, and live entertainment, followed by an overview on existing classes from the volunteers who teach these programs. Please mark your calendars to attend this exciting evening of information gathering, cross-fertilization of ideas and sharing of “best practices” from our staff and our Re-Entry Instructors/Facilitators.
Currently one of every three inmates released from prison returns within three years, costing Florida taxpayers about $20,000 a year to incarcerate them. Our re-entry initiative seeks to assist inmates with finding jobs, getting treatment, obtaining an education, and learning job skills so they become productive citizens upon release.
Reporters who wish to attend should contact Communications Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.
Location: Okaloosa Correctional Institution Training Building at 3189 Little Silver Road, Crestview, FL 32539. (Phone: 850.682.0931.)
You may find Re-Entry information online through the Office of Re-entry’s website at: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/reentry.html