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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
June 12, 2015
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Florida Department of Corrections Officers Earn Academic Scholarships

TALLAHASSEE – Four Florida Department of Corrections officers were recently awarded academic scholarships from the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration (MACJA) program at the University of South Florida.

Correctional Probation Officers Anthony Zarate, Chelsea Kingsbury and Zachary Link and Senior Classification Officer Karlene Marchant were each awarded scholarships for academic excellence.

Secretary Julie Jones said, "The Department is proud of the exceptional work and dedication to excellence our employees display both on and off duty. I commend Correctional Probation Officers Zarate, Kingsbury and Link, and Senior Classification Officer Marchant for choosing to better themselves through higher education and being recognized for their outstanding achievement."

The University of South Florida's MACJA degree is designed for working professionals in the criminal justice field. This program seeks to enhance professional practice in the criminal justice community by preparing students for advanced levels of management in contemporary criminal justice practice. The MACJA program aims to enhance current criminal justice practitioners' technical skills, decision-making processes, and analytic capabilities.


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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