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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
February 27, 2013
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(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to FEATS 2nd Graduation at NFRC

~Inmate trained dog program at NFRC~

Media is invited to the 2nd 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: 2nd FEATS (Force-Free Education and Training Solutions) Graduation Program
WHERE: Northwest Florida Reception Center- Annex
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive
Chipley, Florida 32428
WHEN: The graduation takes place on March 1, 2013, at Northwest Florida Reception Center  beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST
NOTE: 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, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Adoption costs are only $160 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


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