Santa Rosa Correctional Institute Books Project


Milton, FL (August 3, 2016) – Senator Greg Evers (District 2) partnered with the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) to provide more than 500 books to the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution’s re-entry program. The books were donated by libraries throughout the Florida Panhandle and were selected to support the educational needs of inmates working on their high-school equivalency diplomas.

Inmates have extremely limited access to resources to assist with their transitioning and return to the outside community. The donated books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, and subject-specific books to improve reading and learning skills.

Senator Evers commented, “There is a real need to improve inmates’ chances of successfully re-entering society, finding jobs, and establishing a better life. Books like these are a big step in supporting that transition.”

Santa Rosa Correctional Institution is located in Milton, and houses adult male inmates.

People in the photo above:

Front row, left to right:
Vicky Stever (Director, Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative)
Cindy Deem (Librarian, Santa Rosa County Library System)
Gwen Wilson (Director, Santa Rosa County Library System)
Beverly Lacy (Volunteer instructor, SRCI Re-Entry Program)
Natasha Godwin (Instructional Technology Specialist, Santa Rosa County District Schools)

Back row, left to right:
Charles Mayberry (Executive Director, Panhandle Library Access Network)
Senator Greg Evers
James Coker (Warden, SRCI)
Unknown SRCI staff

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