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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
April 25, 2012
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(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to Tour of the Northwest Florida Reception Center, with Lunch to Follow, on Friday, April 27

Washington County:
Community leaders, legislators and members of the news media are invited to a Community Advisory Board Facility Tour and Luncheon of the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley that is sure to offer insights into the mission and goals of Florida's largest state agency.

Friday, April 27, 2012. Participants will meet at the NWFRC Training Building at 9:00 AM. 

This event is intended to bring community leaders together, to give them a greater understanding of the prison system while providing them with an overview of the NWFRC facility and its operations.  There will be a presentation of an overview of the facility and operations at the Institutional level, followed by a tour. A lunch will follow.

Presenters will focus on the extensive efforts taken by facility staff to prepare inmates educationally, socially and vocationally, for re-entry into society, explaining how the Department uses risk-reduction strategies to reduce recidivism.

Want to attend?
If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to learn about how the nation’s third-largest state prison system operates, and to have a guided tour of NWFRC, please RSVP with Assistant Warden for Programs Norma Kelly at (850) 773-6222 or Lori English at (850) 773-6203, or e-mail your RSVP to

Reporters will have an opportunity to ask questions of administrators including Warden William Churchwell, and may film and take photographs during the ceremony in the Training Building, but may not film or take photographs during the prison tour.

This facility was established in 1994 and houses adult male inmates. It was originally called Washington Correctional Institution, but the name was changed in 2008. Panama City Work Release Center is under the supervision of Northwest Florida Reception Center.

To get to the Northwest Florida Reception Center:
Northwest Florida Reception Center is located at 4455 Sam Mitchell Drive, Chipley, Florida 32428-3597.  From I-10 take Exit 120 (SR-77 South) approximately 19 miles, turn right on SR-279 (Moss Hill Road) go ¼ mile, turn right on Sam Mitchell Drive.

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