May 11, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has reached an agreement (attached) with Bridges of America to include additional beds at the vendor’s Turning Point Community Release Center in Pompano Beach. Effective May 12, all inmates previously participating in programming at Broward Bridge will have been placed in the appropriate assignments and treatment beds. All future male inmates that qualify for transition and substance abuse services in Broward County will be served by Bridges at the Turning Point Community Release Center, which will be adding up to 112 transition and substance abuse beds.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Throughout this entire process, our focus has been to ensure there was no interruption in services. I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that will best serve those re-entering society. For more than 35 years, FDC has worked collaboratively with Bridges of America to provide transition services to inmates nearing release. The Department’s agreement with Bridges allows our years of good work to continue with an increased focus on performance metrics and data-driven strategies that ensure success for those re-entering Florida’s communities.”
The agreement establishes additional performance metrics for the vendor to meet which will work to ensure positive outcomes for inmates enrolled in these programs. These metrics increase accountability and support continued success for the Department in its mission to provide a continuum of services to meet the needs of those entrusted to FDC’s care, creating a safe and professional environment with the outcome of reduced victimization, safer communities and an emphasis on the premium of life. Following this agreement, the Department will relocate several probation offices to a state-owned facility in Fort Lauderdale.
Regarding the Bradenton Bridge facility, a new two year contract between the Department and Bridges will continue services in Manatee County. The Bradenton Bridge facility is a female transition and community release center which serves 120 inmates in 84 transition and substance abuse treatment beds and 36 community release beds.
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.