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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
July 29, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

“Paws on Parole” 34th Academy Graduation to Be Held at Gainesville Work Camp

WHAT: Media are invited to the Paws on Parole 34th academy graduation ceremony. The Paws on Parole program brings together shelter dogs from Alachua County Animal Shelter with inmates from Gainesville Work Camp, who obedience-train them. Graduating dogs earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate and are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. Paws on Parole also includes an Aftercare Network, which is a group that will work with adopting families and their dogs to help integrate the training the dogs received.
WHEN: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Gainesville Work Camp
770 Northeast 55th Boulevard, State Road 26 East
Gainesville, Fl 32641
WHY: Through programs like Paws on Parole, 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.

If you wish to attend the “Paws on Parole” 34th academy graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 prior to the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

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.

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER: Adoption costs are only $30 – a bargain, when you consider that the dog will be trained and housebroken.  Adoption forms may be obtained by calling Hilary Hynes, Public Education Program Coordinator, Alachua County Animal Services at (352) 264-6881.  For more information about the program, please visit

DIRECTIONS TO GAINESVILLE WORK CAMP at770 North770 Northeast 55th Boulevard, State Road 26 East Gainesville, Fl 32641. From I-75 take Exit 390 (SR-222 East) approximately 12 miles. Cross the Waldo Road intersection and continue east for 2.5mile. Turn right onto NE 27th, continue approx. 1 mile. Turn right onto SR 26. Continue approximately 2 miles. Turn right at Gainesville Work Camp sign into parking lot.


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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