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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Press Release
June 13, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to attend Re-Entry Conference at Okaloosa CI Training Building on June 30, 2011

Reporters are invited to Okaloosa Correctional Institution by Warden John Willis to attend their Re-Entry Development Conference on Thursday, June 30, 2011 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 embraces 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 Correctional Institution-CI’s re-entry initiative, and a musical presentation followed by an overview on existing classes from the volunteers who teach these programs. Subjects will include Self Esteem (Thomas Dugan), Parenting (Clifford Greer), Thinking For A Change (Ronald Bell), Faith-Based Substance Abuse counseling (Dudley and Jeffrey Hunt), GED Program (Micha Neal, SCO), Money Management (James Cox), Florida Integrity Training (FIT) Program (Beverly Shatterly), The Truth Project (Robert Stinebaugh and Lyndon Poff), and Okaloosa-CI’s Toastmasters Gavel Club (Sharon Johnson). An inmate’s response to re-entry will also be featured.

Currently one of every three inmates released from prison returns within three years, and it costs 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.)