Bridges of America – The Turning Point Bridge

(Community Release Center)
Norman Jenkins

Norman Jenkins
Facility Director

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Assistant Operations FD

Program Beds:
  99 Male Community Release
        1 Permanent Party


The Turning Point Bridge CRC

Program Description

The Turning Point 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 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 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
  • AA Big Book Meeting
  • ABC’s of Finance
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Studies
  • Bridge Builders
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Commercial Driver’s License Course
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Computer Basics Course
  • Credit and Debt
  • Employability Skills
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Forklift Safety Certification
  • Grief Counseling
  • High School Diploma Program
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Life Transitions
  • Mapping Your Steps
  • Mentoring
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Nurturing Parents Group
  • Organized Recreation
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Self-Esteem
  • ServSafe® Food Handler
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Support Groups
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Save Our Selves
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Work Force One
Community Partners
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Aleph Institute
  • American Cancer Society Smoking Cessation
  • Atlantic Technical Center
  • Angel Tree
  • Berea Evangelical Missionary Church
  • Boca Raton Community Church
  • Broward County Bus Transit
  • Broward County Health Department
  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Career Source
  • Chapel of Hope
  • Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
  • Dave Thomas Education Center
  • Evangelism Explosion
  • Family Central
  • First Baptist Church of Coconut Creek
  • First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
  • First Baptist Church of Piney Grove
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Goodwill Industries of South Florida
  • Henderson Mental Health Center
  • House of God International Ministries
  • Islamic Center of South Florida
  • Jesus People Ministries
  • McFatter Technical Center
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Mount Bethel Baptist Church
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • My Brother’s Keeper Ministries
  • OIC of South Florida
  • Palm Beach Dharma Buddhist Center
  • Pentecostals of Cooper City
  • Plantation Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Prison Fellowship
  • RBC Ministries
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami
  • Salvation Army
  • San Isidro Roman Catholic Church
  • Sheridan Hills Baptist Church
  • The Faith Center
  • Wells Fargo
  • Work Force One

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

Highlights of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year
  • Implementation of the 12-week Nurturing Parent Course
  • Implemented Commercial Driver’s License Course
  • Increased average inmate hourly wage by 10%
  • Through a SAMHSA grant, OIC of South Florida began providing employment and vocational training to inmates
  • Quarterly Family Days