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The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Bridges International, United Way of Broward County, The Transition House, SMA Behavioral Health and Fellowship Living Facilities will be holding a press conference at a work-release facility in Pompano Beach on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The facility that once housed over 100 therapeutic beds now stands vacant due to cuts recently made by the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). DOC cut the programs to find additional dollars to fund other healthcare programs. The DOC cuts will also mean hundreds of lost jobs.
Without intervention by the Governor or the Legislature, the cuts are scheduled to be implemented within the week.
WHO: Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Bridges International, United Way of Broward County, The Transition House, SMA Behavioral Health, Fellowship Living Facilities
WHAT: Impact of DOC Cuts to Community Correctional Treatment Programs
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Turning Point Bridge Community Release Center
400 SW 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
***Please note there will also be a brief tour of the, now empty, dormitory.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding the deaths of Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Julie Ann Bridges and Sgt. Joseph Ossman with the Florida Department of Corrections:
“We can never take for granted the great personal sacrifices that our law enforcement officers and public servants make for us on a daily basis. My prayers are with Deputy Bridges and Sgt. Ossman’s families, loved ones and colleagues during this time of sorrow.”
Governor Rick Scott today made the following statement regarding the traffic accident death of Hardee County Deputy Julie Ann Bridges and a Florida Department of Corrections employee Sgt. Joseph Ossman. The cause of the traffic accident remains under investigation and more details will be released by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Governor Scott said, “I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of these the two individuals in a traffic accident today. Our law enforcement and correctional officers work every day to keep Floridians safe. It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely. My heart goes out their families and the entire law enforcement and correctional community.”