Ron DeSantis visited a Jacksonville nonprofit Friday to announce the creation of a direct-support organization to help inmates find jobs after they complete their sentences.
The organization, called the Florida Foundation for Correctional Excellence, will work with businesses and nonprofit groups to raise money for workforce training and re-entry programs.
DeSantis said the private sector needs to have “skin in the game” for the programs to grow.
DeSantis chose to announce the new organization at Operation New Hope, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization that provides a support system to those who have been incarcerated.
He said he would rather dedicate resources to Floridians who are getting out of prison than “having people come in from a foreign country, oftentimes illegally,” to get jobs.