Faith- and Character-Based Residential Programs
The Faith- and Character-Based Residential Program is an innovative effort to reduce recidivism and disciplinary infractions in correctional institutions by offering character-based programming in a positive environment to inmates committed to inner transformation. This initiative offers inmates a variety of activities and classes (both religious and secular) focused on personal growth and character development. The religious preference of the inmate is not one of the eligibility criteria for inmate participation.
Without additional cost to the state, this program employs residential clustering to encourage a sense of community among enrolled inmates. Citizen volunteers are utilized to mentor inmates and volunteers teach inmates in an open public forum. Volunteer programming is rich with positive reinforcement designed to help inmates take well-defined steps toward mature and responsible living.
The exciting news is this is already working. As an example, we are starting to see lower disciplinary rates for enrolled inmates.
The program begins with the distribution of an orientation and personal growth Workbook to those inmates who are interested in the FCB residential program. These workbooks are available in both English and Spanish. Every interested inmate can begin learning helpful material immediately by completing a workbook. The Workbook is an introduction to many topics that will be repeated in more detail later in the FCB program. This phase is completed at the inmate’s assigned institution.
Inmates who have successfully completed the workbook are eligible to be moved to an institution where an FCBR program is located.
Currently, there Faith- and Character-Based Residential programs at 11 different facilities. The combined facilities total 5,435 beds available for programming and are at the following locations:
In order to achieve uniformity classes and activities in the Faith and Character Based Residential Programs have been categorized into the following 7 domains.
The following classes are examples of topics that fit into our 7 domains and are being used in the FCB Residential program.
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The following programs focus specifically on strengthening Florida's families: