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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
September 25, 2012
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Contact: Corrections Foundation
(850) 717-3714

Corrections Department and Foundation Seeking Computers to Help Kids

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Corrections and the Corrections Foundation again are proud to partner to provide computers to non-profit schools, church-based and community-based organizations that serve children’s needs through the Computers for Florida’s Kids program.

Computers can be donated through the Corrections Foundation to Cross City Correctional Institution or through the Department’s Tallahassee Central Office. To coordinate donations outside that area, contact the Corrections Foundation. Donations are eligible for a tax deduction.

Carefully-selected and specially-trained inmates at Cross City Correctional Institution refurbish these computers and load Windows operating systems onto the refurbished computers. The refurbished computers are then ready to be awarded to organizations serving children’s needs.

“This program is important not just because it gives computers to kids who need them for school or to learn technological skills,” said Deputy Secretary Mike Crews. “It gives inmates the opportunity to learn re-entry and job skills that will help them make positive choices and become productive members of their community.”

One partner in this initiative, Creative Recycling Systems, recently donated 50 monitors, 100 keyboards, mice and power cords and strongly believes in the Computers for Florida’s Kids program.

“Giving back to our community is the foundation Creative Recycling Systems was built on," says Jon Yob, CEO at Creative Recycling Systems. "Working together, with other selfless community members, giving back to those less fortunate is one of our strongest pillars."

Computers that will be accepted for donation must meet certain standards – Pentium 4 processor or equivalent with a minimum 512 MB of memory and a CD/DVD drive or Macs –Performa, Centris, Power Mac, or G3 and up. 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. Full details on the Computers for Florida’s Kids program, how to donate used computer equipment, can be found on the Corrections Foundation website.

The Computers for Florida’s Kids Program has had great success over the years, refurbishing over 7,000 computers that were then given back to the community.

If you know of a school or organization who would like to request a computer, visit the Florida Corrections Foundation website.

For more information about the Computers for Florida’s Kids program, contact the Corrections Foundation at (850) 717-3714.

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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