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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
November 6, 2014
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Returning Hearts Celebration Reunites Inmates With Families

~Martin Correctional Institution inmates given opportunity to see children, families~

WHAT: Thanks to a partnership between the Florida Department of Correction, Prison Fellowship and Awana Lifeline, the Returning Hearts Celebration will once again reunite inmates who have graduated from the Malachi Dads program at Martin Correction Institution with their children and families for a day of love, forgiveness and fun. Malachi Dads, a program made possible through Prison Fellowship and Awana Lifeline, teaches Christian men the importance of being good fathers. The ten month program is designed to help inmates develop parenting skills through spiritual, educational and moral guidance. The Returning Heart Celebration is unique to Martin Correction Institution in Florida. The Celebration offers media the rare opportunity to enter a state prison and witness a truly remarkable event.
WHEN: Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
WHERE: Martin Correctional Institution
1150 S.W. Allapattah Road
Indiantown, Florida 34956
WHO: Department of Corrections staff, volunteers, families, Prison Fellowship, and Awana Lifeline. The Returning Hearts Celebration is open to all media, however no video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff. No cell phones will be permitted inside the institution.
RSVP: Media who wish to attend should contact the Department of Corrections Communications Office (850) 488-0420 at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled event, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form as soon as possible to process for security clearance.


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

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