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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Press Release
April 10, 2015
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Vocational Re-Entry Program Provides Cabinetry, Countertops to New Homeless Center

~Inmate students create cost savings of $160,000~

TALLAHASSEE– On Monday, April 6, 2015, staff from Hamilton Correctional Institution attended a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the Comprehensive Emergency Services Center, Tallahassee’s newest homeless shelter. The shelter is a 250 bed facility which offers food, shelter and other vital services through a variety of state and local organizations.

Inmate students from Hamilton Correctional Institution’s Vocational Cabinetry program contributed more than 100 hours of labor toward building cabinetry and counters for the shelter. The project involved 27 inmate students under the direction of Vocational Instructor Kenny Hall.  The Department’s contribution created a cost savings of approximately $160,000. 

“The Department is proud to work with our neighbors and community partners on projects such as the Comprehensive Emergency Services Center,” Secretary Julie Jones said.  “Vocational programs such as Mr. Hall’s cabinetry class have a positive impact on our local communities and provide inmates with the skills needed to ensure successful re-entry upon release.”

The inmate students participating in Hamilton’s Vocational Cabinetry program have provided furniture and shelving to the White Springs Community Library, Jefferson County Fire Rescue and Madison County Hospital. Inmate students are currently working on a complete renovation of the Madison County Courthouse for its centennial celebration. 

For more information concerning Florida Department of Corrections re-entry programs, please visit the Office of Re-Entry’s webpage at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/reentry-menu.html.

Please see the following photos of the fine workmanship provided to the Comprehensive Emergency Services Center by Hamilton Correctional Institution’s inmate students.

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