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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
May 9, 2016
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NBC 6 South Florida: Volunteers Help Florida Inmates Connect with Their Kids

Published: May 8, 2016
By: Laura Rodriguez

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Hundreds of mothers won't be spending Mother’s Day with their children. Instead, they'll remain behind bars at Lowell Correctional Institution.
But many of them are connecting with their children through a Central Florida program called Mommy Reads.

A group of women from Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville created the prison ministry, Mommy Reads. The inmates choose a book, a volunteer records the reading and the audio is then placed on an MP3 player and mailed out.

About 30 women participate in the Mommy Reads program every time the organization visits the prison. Many of the mothers consider it a privilege to be chosen

All of the books and MP3 players are donated. Time is also donated by more than 50 volunteers who believe in the cause of women helping women.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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