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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
May 13, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420
(850) 778-6758 Cell – Ann Howard
(850) 661-6562 Cell – Misty Cash

Reporters Invited to CARE Graduation of Inmate Trained Dogs
~Inmate trained dog program at Baker Correctional Institution’s Work Camp~

WHAT: CARE stands for Canine Assisted Re-Entry. CAREdogs spend twelve weeks at Baker Correctional Institution’s Work Camp being trained by an inmate so they can sit, stay, come and walk by your side without pulling on the leash. They are crate trained and housebroken. They have all their shots and have been spayed or neutered. The cost for adoption is $150. Reporters will have opportunities to film the dogs, to interview the staff and inmates, and to be there when the coveted “Top Dog” award is announced.
WHERE: Baker Correctional Institution
20706 U.S. Highway 90 West
Sanderson, Florida 32087-2359
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The graduation will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like CARE, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
If you wish to attend the CARE graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 several days before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Our Community Partners: To adopt a CARE graduate, contact the Humane Society of Northeast Florida, a no-kill shelter in Putnam County at (386) 325-1587 or visit their website at www.hsnefl.com.

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