- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The woman tapped by Gov. Rick Scott to lead Florida’s troubled prison system says she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to state government.

Julie Jones retired eight months ago from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Before that, she spent 26 years at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Jones tells the Naples Daily News (https://bit.ly/1w6K5kO ) that lobbyists and lawmakers called her about leading the Department of Corrections before Scott’s office called her.

Jones worked in the wildlife commission’s law enforcement division, but she said her lack of experience with prisons will be a benefit to her at the state corrections agency.

She says she wants to boost the agency’s community outreach and focus on helping inmates gain skills to avoid returning to prison.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com

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