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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
January 10, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

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 nine 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 $50. 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: Thursday, January 16, 2014.  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.

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 CARE graduate, contact the First Coast No More Homeless Pets, a no-kill shelter in Duval County at (904) 425-0005 or visit their web site at www.fcnmhp.org.

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