February 13, 2020
Contact: FDC Communications
Florida Department of Corrections to Host Re-Entry Seminar for Inmates
- Media are invited to attend a community re-entry seminar hosted by Northwest Florida Reception Center, a Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) institution in Chipley, Florida. FDC is partnering with a number of public, private and community organizations to provide inmates with valuable information regarding employment opportunities, community resources, social services, housing, food and other subjects to provide a smooth transition back to their respective communities.
- Providing programming to inmates and offenders is one of the strongest components in reducing recidivism and is also critical to the safe operation of our institutions. Previously incarcerated men and women have an unemployment rate five times the national average, but working with public, private, faith based and community support organizations, we can help returning citizens overcome that statistic and show communities that they are ready to return.
- Secretary Mark S. Inch will be present at the event along with community representatives from:
- Chemical Addictions Recovery
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Florida Therapy Services
- Gateway Foundation
- Internal Revenue Service
- Friday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CST
Media have the option to attend a portion of the seminar. Please contact our office to arrange specific scheduling.
- Northwest Florida Reception Center
Main Unit Chapel
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive
Chipley, FL 32428
Media space will be limited. Please contact the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications as soon as possible at (850) 488-0420. Attendees will be required to complete and submit a media background access form.Media attendees will have an opportunity to interview and film/photograph Secretary Inch, inmate participants and community representatives.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 94,000 inmates and supervises nearly 161,000 offenders in the community.