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Press Release
June 26, 2012
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Partnering for Fewer Crimes, Less Victims, Safer Communities

Miami, Fla.-The Florida Department of Corrections is continuing with a new and innovative community out-reach effort.  The Department calls it “Town Hall Meetings” and the second one happened right here in Miami today at the Miami Police Training Center located at 400 N.W. 2nd Ave.

The goal of this effort is to help establish a solid line of communication between the Department of Corrections and all Florida communities to discuss and plan for former inmates re-entering society.

“Today, one out of three inmates will reoffend, commit another crime and return to prison.  We are trying to stop that revolving door.  Part of that plan is to reach out to all Florida communities, to get their support and ideas,” said Secretary Ken Tucker.  “When a former inmate doesn’t have the ability to get a job, the chances of them committing another crime and therefore another victim increases greatly.  But with our help, these former inmates can become tax-paying, law-abiding citizens.”

The three main goals of the Office of Re-Entry:

  • enhance public safety
  • reduce recidivism by successfully reintegrating offenders into the community, thereby decreasing the number of new prisons needed
  • foster partnerships to assist in providing prevention, intervention, and diversionary services to at-risk individuals, offenders, and ex-offenders

“These town hall meetings are an opportunity for us to hear the thoughts and suggestions of citizens on how we all can work to return inmates to their communities as better people,” adds Secretary Tucker.

More Town Hall Meetings have been scheduled statewide.  The effort will continue throughout the summer.  Once all the meetings have concluded, the Department plans to create an advisory board to help keep the strong momentum going for this effort.

Citizens who were unable to attend the meeting may contact the Department about Re-entry efforts using this email,  Reentryefforts@mail.dc.state.fl.us or go to the Re-entry website at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/reentry/index.shtml.  The Town Hall Meetings will continue throughout the summer and state.

Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry Town Hall Meeting Schedule

Palm Beach Town Hall: June 27, 2012, 3pm- 5pm
(Registration and informational booths open at 2:00 pm)
Palm Beach County BCC
Governmental Center 6th floor
301 North Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL  33401

Broward Town Hall: June 28, 2012, 3pm- 5pm
(Registration and informational booths open at 2:00 pm)
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (N.W. 6th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33311

Escambia Town Hall – July 17, 2012
Northwest Florida State College
Student Services Center, Room 122
100 College Boulevard
Niceville, FL  32578
*More details pending

Duval Town Hall – July 26, 2012
Florida State College
Auditorium @ Deerwood Center, Room B 1204
9911 Old Baymeadows Rd.
Jacksonville, FL  32256
*More details pending


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community. Partnering for Fewer Crimes, Less Victims, Safer Communities. Visit our Web site at http://www.dc.state.fl.us. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.