July 18, 2016
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OCALA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) hosted the first Family and Friends Orientation Day last Friday, July 15. Representatives from various institutional teams attended in order to address concerns and answer questions from those whose loved ones are incarcerated at one of several facilities in the local area.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “We are excited to offer this opportunity to the families and friends of those entrusted to our custody. Incarceration often leaves those close to our inmates with concerns and questions regarding the path forward. Through events like today’s orientation, our staff’s goal is to strengthen community relationships and dispel many of the misconceptions associated with incarceration. The Department continuously strives to reduce recidivism through the successful rehabilitation of inmates, and strong ties to family and friends in the community are key to this success.”
Wardens, along with members of the Classification, Education, Security, Support Services and Community Corrections teams were available and answered a wide variety of questions regarding different aspects of the correctional environment. Also in attendance were representatives from the Department’s contract vendors, including Centurion’s Medical and Mental Health Services, Trinity Canteen Services and Securus Telephone Services.
The event took place at Florida Women’s Reception Center’s Training Complex from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and addressed family and friends of inmates incarcerated at Lowell Correctional Institution, Marion Correctional Institution and Florida Women’s Reception Center.
For more information regarding the Department’s institutions, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/prison-menu.html. For more information regarding the event, please contact the Department’s Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 99,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.