January 10, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is proud to announce a new employment program, in partnership with Waste Pro, for offenders under state supervision.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Department is incredibly proud of this new partnership, and we thank Waste Pro for their commitment to helping offenders. This partnership will truly expand the opportunities of those under our supervision by providing hundreds of employment opportunities across the state. Employment is essential to our ultimate goal of continuing to increase the safety of Florida’s communities and reducing recidivism, which is at an all-time low.”
The Department will initiate an application process and begin reviewing qualified offender candidates for vacant positions within Waste Pro. Recommended candidates will then begin the interview process with the company and undergo training once hired. Candidates can obtain employment through many different positions within the company such as general helpers, mechanics and drivers.
John Jennings, CEO of Waste Pro, said, “at Waste Pro, our company motto is ‘the Distinguishable Difference’ and a large part of that difference is the exceptional team of people who come to work every day and give their all. We are continually evolving with the needs of our residents and the communities we serve, playing an integral role in the continued growth and inclusion within those communities. This partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections is a unique opportunity to provide employment opportunities, easing the transition following their release and aiding in their continued growth. We are excited about the program and look forward to a long relationship.”
Present to sign the agreement were (L to R): Abe Ucello, FDC Director of Development Improvement & Readiness; Tim Herman, Waste Pro COO and Sean Jennings, Waste Pro Director & Division Manager
Waste Pro, headquartered in Longwood, FL, is the 4th largest privately owned company in Central Florida, employing more than 2,100 individuals throughout the state in various roles.
The Department supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community. The Department, and its community partners, have successfully aided in the job placement of more than 60,000 individuals since 2011. Research shows job skills and career placement significantly reduce recidivism. The goal of this partnership is to further help offenders obtain meaningful job placement which will, in turn, reduce recidivism and improve safety across the state.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.