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Media Advisory
June 9, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Inmate Trained Dogs to Graduate CARE program at Baker Correctional Institution's Work Camp

WHAT: Media are invited to the graduation ceremony of Canine Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) dogs in the program at Baker Correctional Institution Work Camp.  CARE dogs 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 $50.00.  Media will have opportunities to film the dogs, to interview the staff and inmates, and to be present when the coveted "Top Dog" award is announced.
WHERE: Baker Correctional Institution
20706 U.S. Highway 90 West
Sanderson, Florida 32087-2359
WHEN: Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  The graduation will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST.
WHY: 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 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 CARE graduate, contact the First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Duval County at (904) 520-7911 or visit their website at  www.fcnmhp.org.

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