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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
April 25, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Marion County Probation Offices Hosting Resource Fair

Ocala - On Wednesday, April 27, the Florida Department of Corrections will be hosting a Resource Fair at the Hampton Center located at 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, Fl., from 8am-12pm. 

The purpose of the Resource Fair is to assist those on probation/supervision successfully re-enter society by helping them find jobs and housing, and to connect them to local resources for health care, education, etc.  While the Resource Fair is focused on assisting citizens on state probation/supervision in Marion County, the general public is welcome to attend.   

Local businesses, health care providers, educational institutions and community resource organizations will be in attendance or will have applications available.

The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 2,000 probation officers to supervise more than 115,000 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation Officers help ensure public safety through the successful re-entry of former inmates and offenders on supervision into the workforce, and they conduct resource fairs statewide to help achieve that goal.

Probation officers’ duties also include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court’s questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.

There will be video and audio opportunities for reporters as well as interview opportunities with probation officials. 

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.

Directions: The Hampton Center is located on Silver Springs Blvd., 2 miles east of I75, in Ocala, Fla.

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