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Press Release
June 27, 2012
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Contact: Press Office
(850) 488-0420

Partnering for Fewer Crimes, Less Victims, Safer Communities

Palm Beach, Fla.- The Florida Department of Corrections releases approximately 30,000 inmates a year.  It is estimated that one in three will re-offend, possibly creating a new victim(s) and returning to prison.  Over the years, it will cost tax payers thousands of dollars per returning inmate.

To stop that revolving door, the Department is trying something new and innovative called “Town Hall Meetings” and another just happened right here in Palm Beach today at the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners located at 301 North Olive Ave.

The goal of these meetings 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.

“Upon the release of an inmate, the role the community plays in their success is critical,” said Secretary Ken Tucker.  “During their incarceration they had the support and structure they needed in order to make rehabilitation successful.  If all of that support and structure disappears after their release, the chance of re-offenses increase and their opportunity for a positive contribution to society will be lost.”

The three main goals of the Department’s Office of Re-Entry are to:

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

“The dialogue that takes place at these Town Hall Meetings is helpful in making sure we all understand our roles and contributions on ways to help re-establish these inmates in their families and communities after they have served their time,” added Secretary Tucker.

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.

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.