November 3, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Newly established program to assist inmate Veterans
MILTON— Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker along with Congressman Jeff Miller will host a press conference and open house Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Santa Rosa CI to announce the Department's newest re-entry initiative, the Veteran's Dormitory Program. Veteran's programs have been established at five Florida prisons: Santa Rosa, Gulf, Martin, Sumter and Lowell Correctional Institutions.
|When:||Wednesday, November 9, 2011|
|Time:||10 AM CST|
|Where:||Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
5850 East Milton Road
|Directions:||From I-10 take Exit 31 (Milton/Navarre). Drive north on State Road 87 approximately one mile to US-90. Go straight across US-90 and over the railroad tracks (this is East Milton Road). Continue driving for approximately one mile. The Institution is located around the curve and on the right-hand side.|
|Who:||Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker, United States Congressman Jeff Miller, Santa Rosa CI Warden Randall Tifft , Florida Department of Corrections members and inmates who are military veterans.|
|Why:||Veteran's Dormitories will house inmates who have served in the military and are within three years of release from prison, providing them the opportunity to participate in specialized pre-release services such as cognitive thinking training, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling, improved access to Veteran's Affairs Benefits and strict military standards for Veteran's Dormitories.|
The Mission of the Florida Department of Corrections is to protect the public by operating safe and secure prisons and to assist inmates and offenders with their re-entry into society. Inmates living in Veteran’s Dormitories will have an incentive to maintain their good behavior while in prison and will be more likely to live as law-abiding people upon release.
There will be photo, video and audio opportunities for reporters in addition to interviews.