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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Press Release
November 19, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to the First Graduating Class of Unconditional Love Project Inmate Trained Dogs

~Inmate trained dog program at Calhoun Correctional Institution’s Work Camp~

WHAT: Reporters are invited to the first graduating class for the Unconditional Love Project (ULP) dogs program at Calhoun Correctional Institution Work Camp.

Unconditional Love Project dogs spend ten weeks at the 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. Reporters will have opportunities to interview the staff and inmates, and to be there when any awards are announced.
WHERE: Calhoun Correctional Institution
19562 SE Institutional Drive
Blountstown, Florida 32424
WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2013.  The graduation will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like the Unconditional Love Project, 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 Unconditional Love Project graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 prior to the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.

Our Community Partners: To adopt a Unconditional Love Project graduate, contact the First Coast No More Homeless Pets, a no-kill shelter in Duval County at (850) 880-6399 or visit their website at  www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

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