June 28, 2012
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.- The Florida Department of Corrections continues to confidently push forward with a new initiative to help former inmates succeed as community members. This new and innovative effort has been named Town Hall Meetings and another just happened here in Ft. Lauderdale today at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (N.W. 6th Street).
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.
“Having a good support system is critical when inmates re-enter their community,” said Secretary Ken Tucker. “Family support and community involvement reduce the chances of an offender re-offending, therefore strengthening the community and allowing the offender to really contribute to society.”
The Office of Re-Entry’s mission is to provide inmates and offenders with comprehensive programs and services that will assist in the successful re-entry into the community, thereby reducing recidivism while enhancing public safety, and promoting post-release success.
The three main goals of the Department’s Office of Re-Entry are to:
“These Town Hall Meetings are important because they allow everyone involved to better understand the role we all play to help make re-entry a smoother process,” 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
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.