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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
August 4, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Department of Corrections Inmates Make Computers Possible for Kids

Inmates at two Florida Department of Corrections prisons will be refurbishing donated computers to be given to non profit organizations that serve children, including schools, religious organizations and community programs. The “Computers for Kids” program is the Department’s latest re-entry program, designed to provide meaningful job training to inmates to better prepare them for employment upon release. This aligns with Governor Scott’s 7-7-7 plan and his vision. The child-centered organizations must have a 501(c)3 status to receive a refurbished, fully-functioning computer.

“This is one of those win-win situations,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Buss. “The kids get a free computer that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill, while inmates learn a useful trade that will provide them employment opportunities upon release.”

The Florida Department of Corrections has partnered with the Corrections Foundation to implement the program at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell and Cross City Correctional Institution in Dixie County.  Inmates will be trained by vocational instructors.

The computers that will be accepted for donation must meet certain standards – Pentium 4 with a minimum 512 MB of memory; Macs –Performa, Centris, Power Mac, or G3 and up, servers with dual-core Xeon processors with a minimum 2 GB of memory and a CD/DVD drive. Laser printers will also be accepted. Peripherals in working condition will also be accepted: color monitors, keyboards, mice, power and monitor cables, and CD/DVD drives, network cards, Pentium motherboards, RAM SIMMS, 120+ GB hard drives.

Anyone interested in making or receiving donations may contact the Corrections Foundation at 850-717-3712.  The Corrections Foundation will be responsible for reviewing and awarding computers to organizations that request them.

Currently, Florida inmates do not have access to computers, unless as part of a vocational program, nor do they have internet access. A similar program was run by the Department from 1999-2006, during which 7,000 computers were distributed to child-centered organizations.

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