Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Mark S. Inch


Media Advisory

December 6, 2022

FDC Invites Media to Re-Entry Graduation

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is pleased to invite media to attend the Re-Entry Program Graduation at Walton CI in Defuniak Springs, FL.  

WHAT: The graduation ceremony is held in the chapel of the prison with graduate’s family in attendance. FDC Staff will present graduates with their certificates. During the ceremony, graduates also read a letter to the former selves and reflect on their experience in the program.

Media attendees can take photographs or film throughout the event and will have an opportunity to interview consenting graduates following the ceremony. The program’s coordinator, Sgt. Cody Ray will also be available for interview.

WHY: Walton CI’s Re-Entry Program prepares men for success once released from the institution. The program provides strategies that inmates can develop to assist in a smooth transition from prison to community. Inmates can participate in the following classes and work collaboratively using peer-to-peer strategies and techniques:

• Addiction Recovery
• Advanced Leadership Training Program
• Beginning Spanish
• Budgeting & Finance
• CDL Readiness
• Character Building Courses
• Conflict Resolution
• Critical Thinking Courses
• Employability Skills
• EOS Resources
• F.I.T. Fitness Classes
• FASFA Application Assistance
• Fundamentals of HVAC
• Gavel Club (Toastmasters International)
• GED Readiness
• Housing and Job Search
• Kingdom Power Parenting
• Self-Mastery Classes

WHEN:   Friday December 9, 2022 | 8:00 a.m.

*RSVP required in advance

WHERE:  Walton Correctional Institution

691 Institution Rd,

Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

CONTACT: For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact the FDC Office of Communications as soon as possible at (850) 488-0420 or email PublicAffairs@FDC.MyFlorida.com.


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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