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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
November 10, 2015
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Returning Hearts Celebration Reunites Inmates with Families

WHAT: Made possible through partnership between the Department of Corrections, God Behind Bars and Awana Lifeline, the Returning Hearts Celebration will reunite inmates who have graduated from the Malachi Dads program with their children and families for a day of family bonding to help restore and strengthen relationships. Malachi Dads program teaches men the importance of being good fathers and is designed to help inmates develop parenting skills through spiritual, educational and moral guidance.
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hardee Correctional Institution
6901 State Road 62
Bowling Green, Florida 33834
CONTACT: If you wish to attend the Returning Hearts Celebration event, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 as soon as possible, 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 will be permitted inside the institution.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 to Parrish exit, take Moccasin Wallow Road. Travel east to end of Highway 301. Turn right onto Highway 301 and travel south. Cross over railroad tracks and take an immediate left onto SR-62. Travel east approximately 25 miles. The Institution is located on the right. Turn right onto Allapattah Road (Institutional property). (Institution is approximately 12 miles west from Hwy-17.)



As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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