Department of Corrections Launches Online Community Resource Guide
Former inmates and offenders on supervision now have an online one-stop-shop to help them connect with more than 2,000 community resources ranging from medical to career counseling to housing to substance abuse treatment and many others.
The Florida Department of Corrections launched its Re-entry Resource Directory on October 18, 2011 at www.dc.state.fl.us/resourcedirectory. This searchable, user-friendly website can produce lists of community resources by zip code, city, county or judicial circuit. It is available to not just inmates and offenders, but the general public as well.
“Our goal is to keep Floridians safe by providing programs and resources that ultimately reduce recidivism and victimization. When ex-offenders have access to resources and can get the help they need to become productive members of the community, they’re less likely to return to prison,” said Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker.
Inmates who are being released will be notified by their classification officers that this resource is available, and probation officers will tell offenders on their caseloads about it. Ex-inmates and offenders without computers or internet connections can access the resource list by phone at (850) 717-3173. The database is continually being updated.
Community providers who would like to include their services in the database should send a form found at www.dc.state.fl.us/resourcedirectory to DC.ResourceDirectory@mail.dc.state.fl.us or fax it to (850) 922-2238.
Each year, approximately 35,000 inmates are released from prison, and there are currently approximately 150,000 offenders on community supervision. About 88 percent of those in Florida prison are eventually released.
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