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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Web Site Awards and Development Credits

Website Awards:

Government Video
August 10, 2009

Future Antiquities Gold award
May 15, 2003


42nd Street Bronze Award
April 30, 2003


Treasures of the Web Award
April 30, 2003


American Awards Gold Logo
April 25, 2003


Golden Web Awards Logo
January 31, 2003


USA TODAY AWARD
May 24, 2002

Web Worksite Silver Award -- Cool Site
January 7, 2002

Golden Web Award Logo
August 28, 2001

Featured on GovSpot
March 9, 2001

Steliart Productions Cool Site Award
July 7, 2000

SC Portal Best of the Web Award
June 22, 2000

Golden Web Award Logo
June 19, 2000

Wisdom Award
June 14, 2000

StudyWeb
July 30, 1999

Featured site on the
Web of Justice
October 22, 1998 &
September 1999

Selected as a
Yahoo!
Pick of the Week
on May 25, 1998.


USA Today Hotsite
April 28, 1998

Online Government Magazine's Digital Government Award of Excellence
April 27, 1998

Lycos Top 5% logo
February, 1998

Selected as an outstanding
Microsoft Justice
website in June, 1997



Featured as
"an excellent resource" by
Corrections Connection Network
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Development Credits:

November 2010: New Look for the Homepage!

A redesign of the homepage was completed in November 2010, including a new rotating "Announcements" section.

April 2009: Will you Adopt Me?

The Department has partnered with local animal shelters, to take dogs into programs at several of our institutions, where inmates train them in basic obedience, and upon graduation from the eight week course, the dogs are featured on our homepage “Will you Adopt Me?” feature on our website. Each dog’s picture is included, along with their characteristics and a note about their behavior from their inmate trainers. When they get adopted we indicate that as well, with a doghouse and the word “adopted!” next to the dog’s picture.

January 2009:

Regina Blackstock, after serving as Webmaster for 11 years, accepted a promotion within the department, and passed the torch to Brett Ross, who becomes our third webmaster. Brett has been employed with the Department for 17 years. She's been involved with the department's website since 1997, and employed as a web developer supporting the department's websites for the past four and a half years.

October 2008:  RSS Newsfeeds

On 10/2/08 the Department launched it's first RSS (Really Simple Syndication) newsfeed featuring information on newly added or updated content. For the first time, site visitors can subscribe to receive announcements about press releases, Florida Administrative Code Chapter 33 notices and updates, bid announcements, contract updates, new publications, and other changes to the website. A special thanks goes to John Kerski, Chief of Systems Development, and Gretl Plessinger, Communications Director, for helping move this idea into reality and to Webmaster Regina Blackstock, Brett Ross and Richard Rich for working through the issues and streamlining the process.

October 2007:  A New Look!

The Department of Corrections web site makeover began in March 2007 under the direction of Chief Information Officer Gene Hatcher and Communications Director Robby Cunningham. Lead by Webmaster Regina Blackstock, the 3-person web support team produced 31 design concepts by mid-July. The winning design, created by team member Richard Rich, TEK Systems, Inc., completed a round of tweaks over the next month and then it was ready for conversion to HTML.

Web team members Brett Ross and Richard rolled up their sleeves and dug into the mysteries of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) & web accessibility compliance standards. Challenges created by popular “non-standards compliant” browsers were also addressed. By September Brett and Richard had converted the winning design to an HTML template that withstood all known compliance issues. Updates to the website were reduced to a minimum while Brett, Regina and Richard began converting 8,812 web pages to the new design. Laura Spencer and Mark Cann took charge of converting the offender search web applications to the new look. TEK Systems Randal Svea joins the team in early October and helped push the project over the finish line on October 23, 2007.

The team extends a special “thank you” to Jamie Smith, Division of Blind Services, for providing a helping hand with accessibility issues.

November 2006: Have you seen me?

As part of a Department initiative to locate probation absconders, a new web application is developed to feature wanted felons on the homepage. Working under the direction of Community Corrections Absconder Team Members Thomas Seaman and Brian Howell, Webmaster Regina Blackstock develops a way to prominently feature absconders that gives the public easy access to submit tips regarding their whereabouts.

June 2002: History of Corrections in Florida

Working closely with Sterling Ivey (Public Affairs Director), super sleuth Paula Bryant (Research and Data Analysis) rummages through ancient files, tracks down retirees, and follows the trail of old rumors to verify facts and write the interesting stories you find in Florida Corrections: Centuries of Progress. During the six-month long project, members of the OIT Web Support team take turns proofing, updating and tracking down old photos.

September 2001: Web site makeover!

Under the guidance of Sterling Ivey, our website receives a new look, new navigation and a consistent design throughout the site. Thanks go to Betsy Sheffield, Clayton Garrett and Andy Edwards for the hours of tedious work required to covert over 3,500 web pages and to Regina Blackstock, webmaster, for creating the new design and coordinating the conversion. Sincere thanks also go to Glenn Fishback, (Marquis Software Development), for converting our offender search applications to the new design.

December 2000: Absconder/Fugitive Search

Kudos to the Community Corrections and Information Technology staff for following their earlier success (see March 2000: Probation Search) with information and photographs of offenders who have ceased to make themselves available for supervision.

September 2000: Virtual Tours

Many thanks to Lee Berger (Public Affairs Office) for visiting several institutions in order to capture the virtual tour images. Regina Blackstock (webmaster) extracted the digital images from the Nikon CoolPix 990 camera and created our virtual tours using iPIX technology.

February/March 2000: Probation Search and System Upgrade

Florida becomes the first to provide information on its public website of those offenders on probation, community control and post-release supervision (see the press release). Many thanks go to the following for their hard work and dedication to making the Supervised Population Offender Search a reality:

  • Under the direction of John Agliato (Systems Development), Glenn Fishback (Marquis Software Development), created the search pages which he programmed using Microsoft Visual Interdev 2.0, Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, Microsoft Active Server Pages, Microsoft VBScript, and Data Dynamics Active Reports 1.0. Glenn also performed the COBOL programming to extract required data from our existing mainframe database. Frank Wood (Systems Development), also assisted with the Active Server Page programming and is the primary caretaker and manager of the Microsoft SQL Server (version 6.5) database.
  • During the month of March over 80,000 digital offender photographs were cropped and processed by Denise Miller Mathis, Monica David, Candy Levine, Emily Radd, Paula Wallace, Tony Rhines, Terra Brown, Tia Newman, Ester Ruiz, Deborah K. Johnstone, Carl S. Andrens, Andres Yalgue, D. Carol Graham, and R. Clotiel Birch. This would not have been possible without the technical training and on-going support provided by Lori Davis (Computing Services).
  • Community Corrections Director Tina Hayes and Larry Hamilton, Bureau Chief of Probation and Parole Field Services, for coordinating/making the zillions of decisions needed.

With the increased growth of our website in both volume and activity, we were rapidly outgrowing our first server (see Oct 1997 below). By January 2000 the monthly activity on our website had grown to 7.2 million hits and approximately 68,000 visitors. Under the direction of Pete Caldwell (Computing Services), Scott Morgan coordinated the purchase of a true "enterprise-class" server. Ken Metcalf performed the task of burning-in and converting-to the new Compaq Proliant 8500 (eight 550mhz processors, 2GB RAM, and 54GB disk storage).

December, 1999: Agency Annual Report

While the production of our Agency Annual Report becomes more streamlined for conversion to the web each year, a very special "thank you" goes to Jenny Nimer, Research and Data Analysis, for making this the easiest production to date! She did an incredible job of coordinating the web readiness of text, photos, spreadsheets and graphics. Special thanks also go to Betsy Sheffield and Jesyca Barker, two of the best and fastest HTML coders & graphics specialist around!

August, 1999: A new look!

Under the direction of Secretary Michael W. Moore our website receives a complete makeover. New navigation was added and the homepage streamlined for increased functionality. The photo used for the new design was taken in March 1999 by Robert Theis, Placement and Transition Specialist, as an evening thunderstorm cleared over Jefferson C.I. Website design and graphics were done by our webmaster, Regina Blackstock.

June, 1999: Facility Profiles

While the facility profiles project initially began in January 1998, it did not gain momentum until the following folks took charge:

  • Fred Roesel, Bureau Chief, Inmate Classification, provided the zillions of decisions required to collect and publish this information.
  • Glen Richards and Jackie Curlee, also of Inmate Classification, were team leaders for collecting information from each facility, proofing, editing ... and they even learned and performed the HTML coding!
  • Dawn Langston and Wendy Millette also took the short HTML course (15 minutes) and hit the ground running, performing much of the initial input.
  • Regina Blackstock developed the design.

December, 1998: Agency Annual Report

  • Many thanks to Paula Bryant and Meena Ramamani, Research and Data Analysis, for extracting text from Pagemaker, collecting photos, and many hours of proofing;
  • J.T. Hague, also of Research and Data Analysis, for creating over 60 bar and pie charts.
  • Last but not least, Betsy Sheffield and Regina Blackstock of Information Technology for performing the HTML coding and graphics for more than 150 web pages.

March, 1998: New Web Applications and a new Homepage Design:

  • Project Manager Linda Willis, (Information Technology) is teamed with Office of Security & Institutional Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Ron Jones and Bureau Chief Fred Roesel to bring two new web applications online: Inmate Population Search (March 1, 1998) and Inmate Escape Search (March 31, 1998). Many thanks go to the following:
    • Glenn Fishback, Ian Grant, and Beth Buntin, of CMSI (Computer Management Sciences, Inc), who handled the mainframe and Active Server Page programming;
    • Frank Wood, Information Technology and Glenn Fishback, CMSI, who worked diligently on SQL issues trying to populate the SQL Database with data on all inmates extracted from the mainframe;
    • Melody Hunnicutt and Linda Postorino (who are, by now, experts at photo quality review) were assisted by Carol Butler, Katy Cavendish, Arlie Collins, Jackie Curlee, Lori Davis, Darren Duchene, Wayne Deason, Nikki Pyle, Ellen Roberts, Kathi Smith, Walt Summers, Rachel Theis, Kelly Tucker, and Linda Willis. This group from both SIM and Information Technology completed three complete reviews of over 85,000 inmate photos (for each review!);
    • All of our Facility staff and NBS Photo ID System Operators for taking and retaking thousands of photos;
    • Team Leaders Deloye Henry and Rusty McLaughlin for coordinating the many tasks;
    • Bureau of Sentence Structure assisted in reviewing the cases.
  • Regina Blackstock and Brett Ross put their creative heads together and redesigned our homepage.

December, 1997:

  • Webmaster Joe Clark accepted another job leaving the Webmaster position vacant. The 96-97 Annual Report is ready to be placed on the web. Who can do the HTML conversion? Sincere thanks to the following HTML coders for stepping forward and the hard work and long hours: Regina Blackstock, Lori Davis Information Technology; and Richard McGibbony, ASD. J.T. Hague, Research & Planning, created the bar charts and pie graphs. International Webmasters Association
  • Regina Blackstock becomes our second webmaster. Regina has been employed with the Department for a little over 10 years. She is a member of the International Webmasters Association and displays her "shingle" here.

October, 1997: Three major events occurred:

  • Scott Morgan and his staff (Information Technology) performed the agonizing task of setting up the infrastructure to support the new web applications, which included SQL Database Servers (running on a Compaq Proliant 7000 with 2GB of RAM, Quad Pentium Pro processors, and about 50GB of storage), DC's First Internet Server (running on a Compaq Proliant 2500 with 292 MB of RAM), and other equipment. Many thanks to Ken Metcalf and Frank Wood for struggling through the trials and errors with the Web Server and SQL Database Server. These trials always go hand-in-hand with the words "new technology". Mike Fansler and Scott Morgan also installed a firewall to protect our network infrastructure. Mike and Scott now have a much better understanding of the term "trial by fire".....
  • Our website officially moved to it's new home http://www.dc.state.fl.us on October 1, 1997.
  • Our first web application, Inmate Release Information Search came online October 1, 1997! This application was the result of a 5 month effort in response to the Public Safety Information Act of 1997 and was a monumental accomplishment for Project Manager Linda Willis as it involved coordinating implementation of the following new technology:
    • Sincere thanks to Glenn Fishback and Beth Buntin of CMSI (Computer Management Sciences, Inc). Glenn is the mastermind behind the web application which he programmed using Microsoft Visual Interdev 1.0, Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0, Microsoft Active Server Pages, Microsoft VBScript, and Data Dynamics Active Reports 1.0. Beth performed the COBOL programming to extract required data from our existing mainframe database.
    • Digital Cameras in Probation Offices: Many thanks to the Community Corrections staff who now routinely "off-load" photos. Thanks also go to Denise Miller (also of Community Corrections) for her long hours of photo quality review and hours on the phone resolving new procedure issues.
    • A big "thank you" goes to state-wide NBS Photo ID System Operators for learning new technology, calibrating their systems, and patiently retaking photos.
    • Implementation of E-Mail accounts: Sincere thanks goes to state-wide Office of Information Technology staff who met installation deadlines for both digital camera software/hardware installations and dial-up networking and e-mail installations.
    • Regina Blackstock, Lori Davis, Dana Larson, Pati Lytle, Linda McInnis, Betsy Sheffield and Linda Willis of OIT pulled weekend shifts collecting, reviewing, scanning, and processing photos.
    • Rusty Mclaughlin, Melody Hunnicutt and Linda Postorino of SIM deserve tons of thanks for their long hours of photo quality review. They never dreamed that the word "photo" would ever appear in their job descriptions!
    • Last, but definitely not least, the many managers who moved mountains in order to meet the October 1 deadline: Lana Arnold, Harry Dodd, Larry Hamilton, Earl Kellow, Ron Jones, and Fred Roesel.

February, 1997: Major restructuring of the site and conversion of the 1995-96 Annual Report done with the invaluable help of the following:

  • Regina Blackstock, OIT, did the backbreaking grunt work of extracting hundreds of text blocks and tables from Pagemaker -- only after spending hours coaxing source files out of a troublesome computer.
  • Brett Ross, Secretary's Office, gave our site a new, fresh look, scanned/edited dozens of photographs, and created the org chart.
  • J.T. Hague, Planning and Research, created the pie and bar graphs and maps you see throughout this site and converted them into GIF format.

1995-96: During the very early stages of site development, DC staff (in alpha order) stepped forward with content, ideas, and other contributions:

  • Lee Berger, videographer extraordinaire, provided text, images, and critiques.
  • Regina Blackstock of MIS is the one who deals with email sent to fdc-mis and tells me about cool web sites. Also a helpful critic.
  • Jerry Chesnutt of the IG's office supplied a large quantity of text and images.
  • Gerald Ellsworth of Health Services provided content.
  • JT Hague of Planning & Research, who produces the print version of the Annual Report, put up with repeated nagging from me for Pagemaker files and has had to endure seeing her great paper layouts reduced to lowest-common-denominator HTML.
  • Laura Levings of Information Services produced the Compass and helped deal with email inquiries.
  • Bob MacMaster of the IG's office also supplied a large quantity of text and images.
  • Bryan Pugh of Legal provided Title 33, FAC.
  • Brett Ross of Information and Communications is co-producer of the online Compass and is responsible for the site's new (2/97) look. She is no longer the web newbie she was last year!

1995: Initially, a CAT (Corrections Action Team, sometimes referred to as a CAT Team) was formed to advise the web effort on content and structure and, in some cases, actively assist in locating resources and otherwise contributing substantively to the pages themselves. Members of this team -- those who attended at least one meeting -- included the following persons:

  • Peggy Ball and Caroline Roth of Health Services
  • Judy Belcher, and Lee Berger of Information Services
  • Scott Clodfelter and Bryan Pugh of Legal Services
  • John Huff and Pati Lytle of Management Information Services
  • Becky Thornton of Personnel
  • Paula Bryant, Charles Hazelip, and J.T. Hague of Planning, Research, and Statistics
  • Evelyn Ploumis-Devick of Programs
  • Joe Clark (team leader) and Tammy Young of Staff Development

Last but certainly not least:

  • Rick Maxey, chief of DC Staff Development, has been very supportive of the web effort from the first and gave up time for web page work.
  • Paul Donovan and Linda Fuchs at the State Library of Florida were tremendously helpful by giving us a free home!
  • Jason Prieto at DEP helped answer some initial questions back when we were setting up our site.