November 9, 2011
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Newly established program to assist inmate Veterans
Tallahassee – This Veteran’s Day, the Florida Department of Corrections is helping inmates who took a wrong turn after their military service get back on track by opening five inmate Veteran’s Dormitory Programs. Inmate veterans with three years or fewer remaining on their prison sentences can volunteer to participate in the program.
“We are always looking for creative ways to encourage the inmate population to make positive changes in their lives,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker. “The military emphasizes pride, character and integrity. By housing veteran inmates in the same dorm before their release from prison, they can work together to recapture some of those qualities, while also learning about programs and benefits available specifically for veterans.”
Veteran’s Dormitories have been established at Santa Rosa, Gulf, Martin, Sumter and Lowell Correctional Institutions and can house around 400 veteran inmates.
Veteran’s Dormitories provide inmates 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.