Work camp inmates moving out

Warden Christopher Atkins cuts the ribbon Aug. 8 on the new FCI Work Camp. Photo available for purchase

Warden Christopher Atkins cuts the ribbon Aug. 8 on the new FCI Work Camp.

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 01:13 PM.

Franklin County students won’t be the only ones returning to new rooms on Monday.

Sam Culpepper, director of the Florida Department of Corrections Region 1, told Apalachicola city commissioners Aug. 6 that the cross-county relocation of about 282 inmates from Apalachicola’s Bay City Work Camp to the new work camp at Franklin Correctional Institution I n Carrabelle, would be conducted Monday.

“We understand that’s the first day of schools,” he said. “We won’t roll out the buses until 10 a.m. that morning. We want to make this transition as easy as we possibly can.”

Culpepper said that he expected the intake process to be complete by Wednesday, at which time the work crew would resume.

“We hope you understand that all of those inmates have to be reentered into a database,” he said. “We hope by Wednesday we can start relocating those inmates back into the community to start work.”

Culpepper, who was accompanied by about 10 DOC officials, including FCI Warden Christopher Atkins, stressed that he did not foresee any cutbacks in inmate squads.

“My commitment to you is I don’t anticipate any disruption of inmate services that we provide to the city of Apalachicola,” he said.

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