Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch


September 2, 2021

Contact: FDC Communications
(850) 488-0420


FDC Recognizes Hardee County Volunteers
Local Volunteers Play Integral Role in Rehabilitation and Restoration of Returning Citizens

Local Volunteers

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections would like to recognize Volunteers Herbert and Patricia Scott for their work at Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green. Mr. and Mrs. Scott have been volunteering at FDC for over 15 years, contributing to several ministry programs at Hardee CI including the Voice of Hope Gavel Club, Spirit and Truth Ministries, Youth Realm and God Behind Bars. The Scotts also assist with educational courses such as Creative Writing and Finance 101.

Under the direction of FDC Secretary Mark Inch, FDC is working to greatly expand the current volunteer base of more than 12,000 registered volunteers. Aside from the tremendous impact provided within a correctional setting, community volunteers and partnerships provide surrounding communities a greater public understanding of FDC and its vital public safety mission.

“Our volunteers are incredible!” Said Secretary Mark Inch, “Their thousands of annual service hours are highly valued and provide an important public service. Volunteers help inmates and offenders become more productive, educated, self-sufficient and law-abiding citizens.”

Volunteering with FDC also helps inmates and offenders with diverse educational, socio-economic, religious traditions and backgrounds. Whether a volunteer leads a recovery group for individuals battling addiction or teaches valuable trade skills, there is always an opportunity to help these returning citizens succeed upon release. Others lead faith-based services and prayer groups, help connect inmates with their children and teach inmates basic educational skills.

For more information about becoming an FDC volunteer, visit www.fdc.myflorida.com/volunteer/ today!


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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