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May 25, 2022

ICYMI: Prison programs and volunteers prepare inmates for life after lockup

 Evan Dean NBC News

By Evan Dean

The Re-Entry dormitory is among the programs offered at the facility. Warden Robert Mercado explained that there are classes on finance, the trades, faith-based studies and more.

“These programs do work. I’ve seen it myself,” Mercado told NBC2. “I’ve seen a lot of good inmates transform their lives to be successful.”

The programs are part of a growing effort by the Florida Department of Corrections to lower the state’s recidivism rate, which is the percentage of inmates who return to prison within just 3 years of their release date…

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As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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