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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
June 14, 2012
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Partnering for Fewer Crimes, Less Victims, Safer Communities

Ocala, Fla.- In an effort to establish a solid line of communication between the Department of Corrections and all Florida communities the Department held its inaugural Town Hall meeting to discuss opportunities for inmates re-entering into society.  Ocala hosted the first meeting this evening at the Marion County Sheriff’s Jail Interim Building which included legislators and public and private stakeholders from surrounding counties including Marion, Alachua, Levy, Sumter, Lake, Citrus, and Hernando.

“The majority of inmates will one day be released.  Some former inmates have support systems and loved ones waiting for them when they return to society, but many do not,” said Secretary Ken Tucker.  “When a inmate doesn’t have the ability to successfully obtain employment, education or participate in transitional programs, commission of another crime and victim increases greatly.  Everyone has a role to play in successfully integrating these inmates into our local communities and we are excited that these Town Hall meetings are the first step in developing these partnerships.”

Some of the goals of the Department’s Transition from Prison to Community Initiative are to:

  • Reduce Victimization – Promote public safety by reducing victimization and the threat of harm to persons and their property by released offenders in the communities to which they return.

  • Engage Communities – Increase success rates of offenders who transition from prison by engaging the community, fostering effective risk management and treatment programming, offender accountability, and citizen and victim participation.

  • Enhance Programming – Increase the use of effective programs to reduce recidivism.

“These Town Hall meetings provide an opportunity for us to hear the thoughts and suggestions of citizens on how we can work collectively to return inmates to their communities as better people. As it is, one-third of the men and women who we release return to us within three years. We want to close that revolving door.”

Citizens who were unable to attend the meeting may contact the Department regarding the Transitioning from Prison to Community Initiative using this email, or go to the Re-entry website at

Florida Department of Corrections Re-entry Town Hall Meeting Schedule

Miami-Dade Town Hall: June 26, 2012, 3pm- 5pm
(Registration and informational booths open at 2:00 pm)
Miami Police Department Training Center
400 N.W. 2nd Ave.
Room 327
Miami, FL 33128

Palm Beach Town Hall: June 27, 2012, 3pm- 5pm
(Registration and informational booths open at 2:00 pm)
Palm Beach County BCC
Governmental Center 6th floor
301 North Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Broward Town Hall: June 28, 2012, 3pm- 5pm
(Registration and informational booths open at 2:00 pm)
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (N.W. 6th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community.
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