The Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center

Merrell Colchiski

Merrell Colchiski
Facility Director

Phyllis Crews

Phyllis Crews
Assistant Operations FD

Ken Brakefield

Ken Brakefield
Chaplain

Program Beds:
156 Male Community Release
Program Description

The Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center gives male inmates an opportunity to get their lives back on track. 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 men to become active participants in their recovery.

The men in the Community Release program are gainfully employed during the day and may choose to participate in education, vocation and substance abuse treatment courses on days off or at night after work. 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 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
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Study
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employability Skills
  • Grief Counseling
  • High School Diploma Program
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance Skills
  • Save Our Selves
  • Self-Esteem
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
  • Work Source Programs
Community Partners
  • Alachua County Fire Department
  • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • ARM Prison Outreach
  • Career Source
  • Central Florida Workforce
  • Essential Education Virtual GED Academy
  • Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Gainesville Community Ministries
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Innovative Dads
  • Jonesville Baptist Church
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • RBC Ministries
  • Salvation Army
  • Tenth Avenue Church of Christ
  • The Church at Orange Heights
  • United Pentecostals of Gainesville

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