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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Press Release
February 23, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Okaloosa Correctional Institution Presents
Re-Entry Gavel Club Invitational Humorous Speech Contest
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8 AM in the Main Unit Chapel

Okaloosa Correctional Institution will host its first Re-entry Gavel Club Invitational Humorous Speech Contest on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 8 – 11 AM. This event will have four community Toastmasters pitting their oratory skills against our inmate Toastmasters.

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 Correctional Institution-CI has enthusiastically embraced this initiative by providing numerous programs to its inmates through partnerships with community agencies and local churches.

The Okaloosa Correctional Institution Gavel Club is affiliated with Toastmaster International, an organization dedicated to developing its members' skills in speaking, listening, thinking and leadership. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, which can range from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson, District 77, Lt Gov Education and Training and her team of dedicated workers share our desire to motivate self help by creating an environment where inmates can learn integrity, responsibility, communication and leadership. With more self confidence, the inmate will be more inclined to make better choices and create more positive options for himself.

Currently one of every three inmates released from prison returns within three years, costing Florida taxpayers about $20,000 for incarceration. Our Re-Entry initiative seeks to assist inmates with utilizing skills and abilities that will help them find jobs, get treatment, obtain an education, and lean other critical skills that will enable them to become productive citizens upon release.

Reporters who wish to attend should contact Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.

Location: Okaloosa Correctional Institution Main Unit Chapel, 3189 Little Silver Road, Crestview, FL 32539. (Phone: 850.682.0931.)