Community Transition Center
"Helping others help themselves", that's the mission of the Community Transition Center (CTC). Giving offenders the opportunity to start fresh and to turn their lives around is what we are all about. Each program we offer emphasizes a sense of responsibility, both morally and financially. Inmates are provided with a counselor who teaches them how to set and achieve their goal of returning to the community as a productive member of society.
The CTC is a 300 bed facility located in downtown Jacksonville at 451 Catherine Street. Our primary mission is to prepare incarcerated persons to transition back into our community. CTC hosts an array of programs to provide opportunities for those wishing to help themselves, and for those mandated into the programs by the judicial system.
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Traditionally, our society has had a "lock em up and throw away the key" mentality, but this has done little to stem the tide of recidivism. The alternative forms of incarceration we offer at CTC are helping to change that.
Not only do these non-traditional forms of incarceration allow offenders to gain a new outlook on life, but they allow offenders to continue support of their families and to learn new skills through participation in the Work Furlough, Home Detention, Youth Build and Weekend Commitment Programs. As a result, many families are less dependent on government-funded programs. This translates into a lower recidivism rate and saving for the taxpayer.
• CTC provided 240,812 hours of inmate labor to the City of Jacksonville for normal, daily, inmate work crews assigned to various work projects throughout the City; saving the Tax Payers $1,635,113 at the rate of $6.79 per hour.
• In addition to inmate work crews providing outside labor, CTC inmates contributed to the Operation Safe Streets initiative by assembling and stuffing over 25,000 pamphlets and brochures to be distributed to the community.
• The CTC Programs Section maintained a partnership with the Florida Community College of Jacksonville, resulting in 73 inmates earning their GED equivalency diploma while incarcerated.
• The CTC Programs Section maintained a partnership with the YouthBuild program, resulting in participating inmates learning carpentry skills while helping to complete 36 new homes. Additionally, 6 participating inmates were given carpentry jobs after incarceration as a direct result of the skills they learned while in the program.
• The Officers and staff of CTC participated in several community events, including, but not limited to: The Leukemia Walk 'Light the Night'; ShAdCo Fair at the Avenues Mall; United Way Campaign; and the Police Athletic League (PAL).
• CTC processed 507 new inmates through the Weekend Commitment Program during 2008. Total calendar year fees collected: $212,860.08
• CTC placed 113 new inmates on the Home Detention Program in 2008. The total calendar year fees collected: $71,834.76
• CTC placed 424 new inmates on the Work Furlough Program in 2008. The total calendar year fees collected: $308,793.92
• Home Detention Officers performed 4,609 on-site field investigations for 2008; ensuring inmates working outside of the facility were not posing a safety risk to our communities.
Community Transition Center Contact Information
This facility is located in downtown Jacksonville at: 451 Catherine St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
This facility houses county sentenced male and female inmates participating in the Work Furlough and Substance Abuse Treatment programs and some county sentenced inmates assigned to this facility.
Inmate's Name and Jail Number
451 Catherine St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Information 7 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. - (904) 630-2856
Between 10:45 p.m. – 7 a.m. - (904) 630-2860
Clinic/Medical - (904) 358-1960
Watch Lieutenant - (904) 630-2808