The Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center

Michele Bateman

Michele Bateman
Facility Director

Robert Charlton

Robert Charlton
Assistant Operations FD

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Program Beds:
165 Male Transition


Program Description

The Jacksonville Bridge gives male 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 men with a remaining sentence six to twelve 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 men to become active participants in their recovery. Each program participant follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan customized to meet his individual needs.

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.
TJBTC also offers the T.A.I.L. S Program – a betterment program for inmates; Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills (T.A.I.L.S.). This program gives rescued dogs a second chance at life. Many of these dogs were survivors of fighting rings. The dogs are trained and socialized to become pets and valuable family members. The inmates assist the dogs in rigorous training, which includes skills such as learning to sit, roll over, stay, and agility training, kennel training, and leash training. As an inmate in this program they interrupt, redirect and reinforce behaviors in order to change the way the dogs interact with others. This program does not promote violence, intimidation, or fear but rather tender love and care. There are three positions: The Handler, The Care Giver and the Trainer. The program is twelve weeks in duration. The inmates receive a certificate of completion and a formal graduation is held for the inmate and the dogs. Once that is complete, the dogs are placed for adoption. All medical care, food and supplies are provided through sponsorship of community providers. As of August 17, 2016, nineteen (19) inmates have received certificates in the T.A.I.L.S. program and thirteen (13) dogs have been trained and adopted into their “fur”ever families.

Programs and Value-Added Services
  • 12 and 12 Workshops
  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • American Culinary Federation® Culinary Fundamentals
  • Anger Management
  • Authentic Manhood
  • Bible Study
  • Bridge Builders
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Credit & Debt
  • Employability Skills
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Financial Freedom
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • High School Diploma Completion
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Home Builders Institute® Pre-Apprenticeship Program
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Mentoring
  • Money Sense
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Organized Recreation
  • Parenting Education/Group
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Recovery Maintenance Skills
  • Save Our Selves
  • Self-Esteem
  • ServSafe® Food Handler
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Toastmasters Chartered Gavel Club
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
Community Partners
  • 103rd Street Church of God
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • American Cancer Society Smoking Cessation
  • American Culinary Federation®
  • Brides of Christ Faith Church
  • Christ Followers Church
  • Christian Recovery
  • Duval County Public Schools
  • Elijah’s Ministry
  • Evangel Temple
  • Faith for Freedom
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Home Builders Institute®
  • Jacksonville Re-Entry Center
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • JBV Ministries
  • Joshua Faith Christian Church
  • Mind for Jesus
  • Murray Hill Christ Community Church
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Non Profit Center of Northeast Florida
  • On Purpose Ministry
  • Prince of Peace Church
  • Prisoners of Love Ministry
  • River of Life Church
  • ServSafe®
  • Springhill Missionary Baptist Church
  • Toastmasters International
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network 2nd Chance
  • World Wide Christian Ministry

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

Highlights of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year
  • Implementation of the Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training Program; 38 Graduates
  • 10 Graduates from American Culinary Federation® Culinary Fundamentals 1000-Hour Course
  • 13 High School Diploma Completions
  • 17 Toastmasters and Competent Communicator Certificates
  • Re-Entry Fairs with 40 community partners in attendance
  • Family Days
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with DOC Secretary Michael Crews