March 8, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
WHO: Reporters are invited to the graduation of the Prison Pals N Pups program at Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp at 3950 Tiger Bay Road
Daytona Beach, Florida, 32124-1098.
WHEN: Graduation is at 10:00am on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
WHAT: The Pals program brings together rescue dogs from the West Volusia Kennel Club and Halifax Humane Society with inmates from Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp, who obedience-train them. The dogs who graduate earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. The graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Prison Pals n Pups, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
DEPARTMENT CONTACT: If you wish to attend the ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before scheduled graduation, as background checks will need to be completed.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER: The Halifax Humane Society adoption fee is only $70! Dogs that are over 5 years of age are adopted for $35! --a bargain, when you consider that the dog will be trained and housebroken. Adoption forms may be obtained by calling the shelter at 386-274-4703. For more information about the program, please visit www. halifaxhumanesociety.org
Directions to Tomoka WC/CI at 3950 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, Florida
32124-1098. From Orlando: I-4 East to exit 129, East 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 E via EXIT 129 on the LEFT toward Daytona Beach, Make a U-TURN at OLD DELAND RD onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W, follow for 2.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE RD, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP
From Jacksonville: I-95 S to exit 261B, West 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W via EXIT 261B toward DELAND, follow 4.6 miles and Turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE Road, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP