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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
March 11, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

DeSoto Correctional Institution to Hold GED and Vocational Graduation

~19 inmates will receive their GED, 11 will receive vocational certificates.~

WHAT: GED Graduation Ceremony
WHO: Reporters are invited to the GED and vocational graduation at DeSoto Correctional Institution. In addition, six inmates will be recognized for their completion of the “Thinking for a Change” program. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
WHEN: Graduation begins at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
WHERE: DeSoto Correctional Institution Chapel
13617 S.E. Highway 70
Arcadia, Florida 34266-7800
WHY: The education and vocational programs at Florida Department of Corrections Institutions help prepare inmates to successfully re-enter Florida communities and to find productive employment upon release.

If you wish to attend the graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form prior to the event.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.

Directions to DeSoto Correctional Institution: Southbound: South of Tampa on I-75, turn right on Highway 70 at Exit 217. (Northbound traffic should take Exit 217A.) Take Highway 70 to Arcadia. Continue on Highway 70 past Arcadia for approximately 12 miles. Desoto is located on the right.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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