July 15, 2016
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Published: July 14, 2016
By: Nicole Kalil
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The Florida Department of Corrections has recognized the value that faith-based programs bring to inmates and has designated certain facilities and dorms as “faith and character-based.”
Kim Riley, chief of Bureau of Readiness and Community Transition, said the programs are designed to reduce recidivism and disciplinary infractions and promote pro-social behaviors.
During 2014-15, 12,000 inmates were enrolled in one of the programs.
Riley said there is a “family-like atmosphere” in the dorms, as inmates engage in programs aimed at helping them learn to function properly within a community, repair family and marital relationships and make healthy choices, among other things.
Inmates also develop portfolios that include information like who they are and what they have accomplished, their goals and their level of employability. If inmates express a connection to a certain faith, they are encouraged to practice it and live out its tenets.
To find out more about the Florida Department of Corrections’ faith and character-based programs or to find out how you can become a volunteer, visit www.dc.state.fl.us.
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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.