Inmates Work Toward Their CDL Behind Bars

December 21, 2019

Inmates behind  bars at one area prison are working toward heir commercial driver’s licenses.

A graduation ceremony was held Friday for 45 inmates who have completed the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Program. Graduates have shown proficiency in vehicle safety, vehicle operating regulations, trip planning and have demonstrated vehicle driving skills through the use of on-site simulators.

Through the CDL program at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, inmates earn industry-recognized certifications through coursework and driving simulators. This training assists them in obtaining a commercial vehicle operator license upon release. Upon release, inmates are paired with potential employers to assist with employment opportunities.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch took part in the graduation event Friday.

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10 Responses to “Inmates Work Toward Their CDL Behind Bars”

  1. Rebbecca on August 29th, 2022 3:01 am

    How can these young men move forward with their lives and get good jobs to keep them busy and out of trouble when the state hits the with these ridiculous fines that they can’t geta driver’s license witout paying them off..

  2. Tammy on January 28th, 2020 12:32 pm

    Good Luck to the grads. What kind of convictions do the grads have? An earlier comment indicated the trucking industry is highly regulated. Is that another stumbling block for potential trucking employers?

  3. David Huie Green on December 24th, 2019 6:55 pm

    Employers would prefer honest, law-abiding employees, but as few as those are, these others have a fair chance.

    Now, if they just don’t blow it…

    David for better people

  4. My2Cents on December 23rd, 2019 12:35 pm

    This is awesome! Many find it hard to find employment because of their records. This is a step in the right direction.

    It would be nice if those that paid their debt to society could be treated better than they are.

  5. Tabby on December 22nd, 2019 12:44 pm

    No doubt there is a prerequisite for the class. Their only doing this out of great need.

  6. Stringbean on December 21st, 2019 10:17 pm

    Good story!

    A good first step for these men to get a fresh start. My guess is something local like driving a concrete truck, dump truck or perhaps moving heavy equipment around for a contractor.
    Get some experience under their belt. Maybe oneday they can advance to driving cross country.

    I’m all for these fellas getting their act together. Get off our dime and become responsible taxpayers.

  7. retired on December 21st, 2019 10:20 am

    if their probation allows them to go out of state?????

  8. Sedition on December 21st, 2019 8:17 am

    Very cool. Maybe that will give them that chance to turn things around and not re-offend.

  9. Steve Litton on December 21st, 2019 8:01 am

    While this sounds admirable, I hope there’s a ready pool of employers for these graduates. For quite some time, trucking companies have been VERY strict on their hiring criteria and most companies will not hire drivers with recent drug or traffic convictions. It seems to have much to do with insurance rates.

    Recently, many trucking companies have put a hold on hiring new, inexperienced drivers.

    Trucking is a heavily (government) regulated industry.

    Good luck to these grads and, if you think the weather can’t change to snow as quickly as it does in that simulator, it does…in places like New Mexico and Oklahoma.

  10. Henry Coe on December 21st, 2019 3:58 am

    It’s to bad there are so many trucking company bankruptcies going on and out of work drivers. Hopefully it gets better sooner rather than later.