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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
October 2, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Second Chance Pals to Graduate Inmate Trained Dogs at Ft. Myers Work Camp

~Inmate trained dog program at Ft. Myers Work Camp~

WHO:

Reporters are invited to the graduation of the Second Chance Pals program at Ft. Myers Work Camp at 2575 Ortiz Ave, Ft. Myers, Florida, 33905. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.

WHEN:

Graduation begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

WHERE:

Ft. Myers Work Camp
2575 Ortiz Avenue
Ft. Myers, Florida  33905

WHAT:

Second Chance Pals is a partnership between Ft. Myers Work Camp and the Gulf Coast Humane Society. The partnership is intended to increase the adoptability of shelter dogs and provide inmates with job skills. Graduated dogs are crate trained and housebroken, have all their shots, are micro-chipped, and have been spayed or neutered.  The dogs live full time with the inmates and have increased the morale of both the inmate population as well as the staff who take a personal interest in the dog's training and welfare. Available and adoptable dogs can be viewed online or by stopping by the Gulf Coast Humane Society at 2010 Arcadia St, Ft. Myers, Florida 33916

WHY:

Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Second Chance Pals, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon re-entry to the community.

If you wish to attend the Second Chance Pals graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form prior to the event.

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