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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
October 7, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Grand Opening of Hernando Correctional’s Faith and Character Based Facility

~This residential program is one of four in Florida, housing 450 inmates. ~

WHO:

Media are invited to the Grand Opening of Hernando Correctional Institution as a Faith and Character Based (FCB) Facility. Media will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants, as well as interview Secretary Michael Crews, Warden Roberts and program volunteers. Community leaders and partners have also been invited and will be in attendance.

WHEN:

The Grand Opening Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. A tour of the facility will follow directly afterward.

WHERE:

Hernando Correctional Institution  
16415 Spring Hill Drive
Brooksville, Florida
34604-8167

WHAT:

The official transition of Hernando Correctional Institution to become a full Faith and Character Based (FCB) Facility for women. The Faith and Character Based Residential Program (FCBR) is an innovative effort to reduce recidivism and disciplinary infractions in correctional institutions by offering faith-and character-based programming in a positive environment to inmates committed to inner transformation.

WHY:

Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs and initiatives like Hernando Correctional Institution’s Faith and Character Based initiative, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates skills that will lead them to productive and law-abiding lives upon re-entry to the community.

If you wish to attend the Hernando Correctional Institution’s Faith and Character Based Grand Opening 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.

All members of the media need to bring a photo ID. No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones will be permitted inside the institution.

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