November 20, 2012
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WHAT: Lowell Correctional Basic Training Program would like to invite the media to attend the Basic Training Graduation at Lowell Correctional Institution. The Basic Training Program provides youthful offenders with physical training, military drill and ceremony, academic and vocational programming, work assignments, and self betterment programming to include personal development counseling. Lowell Correctional serves as the only Basic Training Program for female offenders in the State of Florida.
WHEN: Lowell Reception Center – Training Center
3700 N.W. 111th Place
Ocala, Florida 34482
WHERE: Friday, November 30, 2012. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. EST
WHO: Department of Corrections and local dignitaries to Marion County. The graduation ceremony is open to all media.
WHY: Currently, one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through the Basic Training Program, the Florida Department of Corrections is focusing on proving the opportunity for personal growth, development of self-discipline, and teaching youthful offenders viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
Required: If you wish to attend the Basic Training Program Graduation ceremony, you must contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 a few days prior to the scheduled graduation to submit a Media Access Form, as background checks will need to be completed.
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.