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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
February 12, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

HART Graduating 13th Class at Wakulla Work Camp

~Inmates save the lives of dogs and learn job skills for successful re-entry as part of the program.~

WHO: Reporters are invited to the graduation of the prison Heartworm Assistance Rehabilitation Training (HART) program at the Wakulla Work Camp. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
WHEN: Graduation begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014
WHERE: Wakulla Work Camp
Visiting Park
110 Melaleuca Drive
Crawfordville, Florida 32327-4963
WHAT: The HART, program is a partnership between the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center and Wakulla Correctional Institution that brings together dogs who have tested positive for canine heart worms, with inmates from Wakulla Work Camp who will obedience train them, while they are being treated. The dogs who graduate are healthy, crate trained, house broken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro chipped.
WHY: Through programs like HART, 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 HART 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.

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.

Directions to Wakulla Work Camp: From I-10 take Exit 199 (US-27 South) through downtown Tallahassee, the town of Woodville (US-363, Woodville Hwy) and across the Leon/Wakulla County line. Turn left onto Commerce Boulevard (first paved road on left after the County line). Go approximately 4½ miles on Commerce Boulevard and turn right on Melaleuca Drive. Travel approximately ½ mile and turn right into the institutional parking lot.

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