May 27, 2016
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Florida Department of Corrections staff members attended the Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Summit in Port Charlotte yesterday, May 26. The event was led by Charlotte County Commission Chairman Bill Truex, who hosted a panel of judges, elected officials, court administrators, law enforcement officers and professionals from the mental health and juvenile justice fields. The attending staff members were from Charlotte Correctional Institution’s leadership team and had the opportunity to participate in discussions designed to strategize alternatives to incarceration for individuals with behavioral issues in Charlotte County.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “I am proud of the initiative taken by the staff at Charlotte Correctional Institution and applaud their efforts to engage in the ongoing discussion regarding alternatives to incarceration. By attending events like this, our members strengthen community relationships and advance corrections policy through engagement and discourse with our partners in the criminal justice and mental health fields.”
Intersection of Criminal Justice and Mental Health in Florida and Beyond and Effects of Untreated Behavioral Health Issues on Law Enforcement, the Jail & Court Systems were among the panel’s presentations. The summit, which was open to the public, took place at the Charlotte County Administration Center from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
For more information regarding the Charlotte Correctional Institution, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/facilities/region3/510.html. For more information regarding the Department’s health services, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/hlthfact.html.
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.