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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
August 23, 2012
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation:
Dog Training Graduation Program at Tomoka Work Camp

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- The Prison Pals N Pups program brings together rescue dogs from the West Volusia Kennel Club and Halifax Humane Society with inmates from the Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp, who obedience-train them. The graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. The “Top Dog” award will also be given at the graduation.

Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Pals N Pups, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.

The adoption fee is only $70. Dogs that are over 5 years of age are adopted for $35! Adoption forms may be obtained by calling the shelter at (386) 274-4703. For more information about the dogs, please visit

Reporters are invited to the graduation of the Pals N Pups program at Tomoka Work Camp. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.

WHAT: Prison Pals N Pups Dog Training Program Graduation
WHEN: Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Tomoka Work Camp
3950 Tiger Bay Road
Daytona Beach, Florida 32124-1098

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If you wish to attend the graduation ceremony, you must complete and submit the Media Access Form located on our Department website. You can contact the Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 several days before the scheduled graduation to confirm your access has been approved.

Directions to Taylor Work Camp: From Orlando: I-4 East to exit 129, East 92 – Merge onto W International Speedway Blvd/US-92 E via Exit 129 on the LEFT toward Daytona Beach, Make a U-Turn at Old Deland Rd onto W Internal Speedway Blvd/US-92 W, follow for 2.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto Indian Lake Rd, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto Tiger Bay Rd, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI Work Camp.

From Jacksonville: I-95 S to exit 261B, West 92 – Merge onto W International Blvd/US-92 W via Exit 261B toward Deland, follow 4.6 miles and Turn RIGHT onto Indian Lake Road, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto Tiger Bay Rd, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP.

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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