Bridges of America – The Bradenton Bridge

(Community Release Center)
Angela Mitchell

Angela Mitchell
Facility Director

Program Beds:
84 Female Transition
36 Female Community Release


Chef Brule TBB

On September 10, 2018 the American Culinary Federation Tampa Bay Chapter held its annual dinner & award ceremony at the historic Harrison Fort Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. At the awards Chef Brule was named Chef Educator of the Year. Chef Daniel Brule has been Food Service Supervisor / Chef at the Bradenton Bridge for the past 10 yrs. At the Bradenton Bridge he was the instructor for the ACF Culinary Fundamental program & also Instructor / Proctor for ServSafe food safety program.

Photo gallery —  ACF facebook page


The Bradenton Bridge CRC

Program Description

Comprised of a Transition Re-Entry Center and Community Release Center, The Bradenton Bridge gives female inmates an opportunity to get their lives back on track. The Transition Re-Entry Center is a Therapeutic Community that provides intensive substance abuse treatment and value added services to women with a remaining sentence of 24 to 36 months. The foundation of the program is the Therapeutic Community Concepts, which are essential to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in social contexts. With clinical supervision this peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages the women to become active participants in their recovery. Each program participant follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan customized to meet her individual needs.

Upon completion of the Transition Re-Entry Program, inmates become eligible for the Community Release program, where they are gainfully employed during the day and continue their treatment at night. Community Release inmates are required to pay subsistence for room and board which saves taxpayers money. Inmates also make court-ordered payments, send money home for family support and are required to set money aside for savings upon their release.

Our substance abuse treatment, diverse courses and value-added services teach problem solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution and recovery maintenance skills. The program offerings at each facility vary to best meet the needs of the persons served.

Programs and Value Added Services
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • American Culinary Federation® Culinary Fundamentals
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Study
  • Bridge Builders
  • Budgeting
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Codependents Anonymous
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Computer Basics Course
  • Employability Skills
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Grief Counseling
  • Health & Fitness
  • High School Diploma
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Parenting Education/Group
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Ready 4 Work
  • Self-Esteem
  • Serv-Safe® Food Handler
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Groups
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Save Our Selves
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Toastmasters Chartered Gavel Club
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
Community Partners
  • Al-Anon Recovery
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • American Culinary Federation®
  • Angel Tree Ministries
  • Bible Baptist Church
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Clean-Up Manatee
  • Community Bible Church
  • Daddy’s Girls Ministry
  • Diocese of Venice Prison Ministry
  • Evangelism Explosion
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Florida Department of Education CHOICES Program
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • God Raising Incredible Parents
  • HUGS Outreach
  • Inmate Ministry Foundation
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast
  • Manatee County Health Department
  • Manatee County Public Schools
  • Manatee Glens Homeless Outreach
  • Manatee Glens Mental Health Services
  • Manatee Technical Institute
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • New Destiny Assembly of God
  • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Save Our Selves
  • ServSafe® Food Manager Program
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Toastmasters International
  • Women of Divine Destiny

Florida Department of CorrectionsSesame Street - Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Highlights of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year
  • Nearly 200 volunteer hours were completed for Community Bible Chapel, Clean-Up Manatee, Evangelism Explosion, and New Destiny Church
  • Eleven inmates earned High School Diplomas
  • Eight inmates in Community Release were promoted to management and received pay increases while in the program
  • 99.5% inmate employment rate
  • 94.6% inmate program completion rate
  • Over 200 family members in attendance at Fall and Easter Family Days
  • All staff completed Therapeutic Community Immersion Training