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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
November 15, 2012
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation to 1st FEATS Graduation Program at Northwest Florida Reception Center

Media is invited to the 1st FEATS Graduation of the Force-Free Education and Training Solutions (FEATS) program at Northwest Florida Reception Center. The FEATS program brings together rescue dogs from Washington County Humane Society with inmates from Northwest Florida Reception Center, who through force free techniques, obedience-train the dogs. The dogs who graduate are housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. They are trained to sit, stay, come and walk by your side without pulling on the leash.

WHAT: 1st FEATS (Force-Free Education and Training Solutions) Graduation Program
WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. CST
WHERE: Northwest Florida Reception Center-Annex
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive
Chipley, Florida 32428

From I-10 take Exit 120 (SR-77 South) approximately 19 miles, turn right on SR-279 (Moss Hill Road) go ΒΌ mile, turn right on Sam Mitchell Drive.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like FEATS, 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.
RSVP Required If you wish to attend the FEATS graduation ceremony, you must contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 at least seven days before the scheduled graduation to submit a Media Access Form, as background checks will need to be completed.

Adoption costs is $160.00 per dog and includes the training, spay/neuter, shots, and any additional vet care needed. All dogs have good temperaments and get along well with other dogs. To adopt a FEATS graduate, contact B. Jordan, (850) 638-5984 or visit the DogSMITH website at


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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