COVID-19 Information

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The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), in conjunction with Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), are closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19. FDC is prepared to handle any potential cases of COVID-19 within the state-operated correctional institutions in Florida.

FDC is closely aligned with the CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

FDC is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population in its correctional institutions and within the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender population. These numbers are updated frequently on our website.

Press Releases

UPDATED - FDC Responds to COVID-19 at Apalachee Correctional Institution | May 27, 2020
FDC Extends Visitation Suspension at Correctional Institutions Statewide
| May 18, 2020
FDC Responds to COVID-19 at Hamilton Correctional Institution | May 13, 2020
FDC Responds to COVID-19 at Homestead Correctional Institution | May 11, 2020
FDC Responds to COVID-19 at Liberty Correctional Institution | May 8, 2020
FDC Issues COVID-19 Updates | April 30, 2020
FDC and PRIDE Begin Production of Cloth Face Coverings |April 11, 2020
A Second Message to Families | April 10, 2020
FDC Resumes Inmate Intakes, Establishes Protocols to Protect Population | April 3, 2020
PRIDE Inmates Increase Production of Much-Needed Supplies | March 30, 2020
Secretary's Message to Families | March 28, 2020
UPDATED - FDC Public Announcement: Complimentary Communication Credits | April 10, 2020

To see more COVID-19 FDC Press Releases and Announcements, please visit our Newsroom.

COVID-19 Statistics

Updated:
6/3/20, 12:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Inmate Status Information Staff Status Information
Facility Security Quarantine Medical Quarantine Medical Isolation Pending Tests Negative Tests Positive Tests Positive Tests
Apalachee CI 72 232 0 1 1655 142 15
Avon Park CI 3 0 0 0 8 0 0
Baker CI 22 0 0 0 8 0 0
Bay CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Blackwater CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
1 817 0 7 1817 101 14
Calhoun CI 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Century CI 0 0 0 0 5 0 1
CFRC 149 0 0 0 2 0 1
Charlotte CI 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Columbia CI 11 0 0 0 55 25 1
Cross City CI 2 0 0 0 3 0 2
Dade CI 11 0 0 0 13 3 5
Desoto Annex 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Everglades CI 1 578 9 625 1516 36 6
Florida State Prison 1 0 0 0 3 0 1
FWRC 53 0 0 0 6 0 2
Franklin CI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gadsden CF
Operated by MTC.*
0 62 0 0 1115 89 15
Gadsden Re-Entry Center 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graceville CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
5 0 0 0 6 0 2
Gulf CI 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Hamilton CI 5 775 0 0 1085 203 6
Hardee CI 3 0 0 0 2 0 2
Hernando CI 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Holmes CI 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Homestead CI 0 260 4 4 494 298 30
Jackson CI 0 0 0 0 3 0 5
Jefferson CI 3 3 0 0 4 0 1
Lake CI 5 0 2 2 8 0 0
Lake City CF
Operated by CoreCivic.*
1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Lancaster CI 3 2 0 0 3 0 1
Lawtey CI 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Liberty CI 2 676 0 0 1736 212 8
Lowell CI 4 0 0 0 13 0 1
Madison CI 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Marion CI 8 0 0 0 5 0 1
Martin CI 16 0 0 0 14 1 0
Mayo Annex 3 0 0 0 5 0 0
Moore Haven CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
1 0 0 0 2 0 4
New River CI 2 0 0 0 3 0 1
NWFRC 57 0 0 0 7 0 0
Okaloosa CI 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Okeechobee CI 4 0 0 0 4 0 2
Polk CI 5 0 0 0 6 0 1
Putnam CI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
RMC 4 0 0 0 12 0 0
Santa Rosa CI 18 0 0 0 8 0 2
SFRC 75 48 4 4 26 5 18
South Bay CF
Operated by The GEO Group Inc.*
4 1200 0 1 1569 169 56
Sumter CI 3 39 1 1 61 105 16
Suwannee CI 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Taylor CI 3 0 0 0 6 0 0
Tomoka CI 5 64 0 0 93 138 21
Union CI 8 258 1 1 1140 25 2
Wakulla CI 5 0 0 0 8 0 9
Walton CI 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Zephyrhills CI 3 0 0 0 16 0 4
Community Corrections Region 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2
Community Corrections Region 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4
Community Corrections Region 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4
Community Corrections Region 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5
Totals 608 5014 21 646 12565 1552 281

*For follow up information, please contact the Department of Management Services, who manages private prison contracts.

Please note: Inmates move in and out of security quarantine, medical quarantine and medical isolation on a continual basis, based on direction from FDC health services staff. These statistics are updated every day and are a snapshot of the situation at the time information was reported. Changes in these statistics that occur later the same day will be reflected in the next daily update.

Security Quarantine column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they have been recently transferred to the correctional facility. These inmates are asymptomatic and entering the facility from outside court, a community/work release center, county jail, etc. Security quarantine is a precautionary measure. Medical staff monitor these inmates to ensure no inmates show symptoms of illness. At the conclusion of security quarantine, inmates are moved to the general population.

Medical Quarantine column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they may have had close contact with a person who has tested positive or exhibited symptoms of an infectious illness, to determine whether they develop symptoms. All inmates in medical quarantine are monitored by health services staff and receive temperature checks twice a day for signs of fever. If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19, FDC will place the inmate in medical isolation and immediately engage the county health department.

Medical Isolation column refers to the number of inmates who have been separated because they are suspected or presenting symptoms of an infectious illness. To prevent contact with others and reduce the risk of transmission, these inmates are placed in medical isolation and are tested for COVID-19.

Pending column refers to the number of inmates who have been administered a COVID -19 test and are waiting for results. These inmates are either in medical isolation or medical quarantine.

Negative column refers to the number of inmates who have been administered a COVID-19 test and have received a negative result. These inmates are placed in an appropriate housing status based on their care and custody requirements.

Positive column refers to the number of inmates who have been administered a COVID-19 test and have received a positive result. These inmates are in medical isolation and under the care of their treating clinician. All inmates are receiving the appropriate level of care based on their individual treatment needs. This could include inmates who are being treated by an outside medical provider. These inmates will remain in medical isolation until they are recovered. Once recovered, these inmates will be moved into appropriate housing based on their care and custody requirements.

FDC has 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, seven private partner facilities, 17 annexes, 34 work camps, three re-entry centers, 12 FDC-operated work release centers, 18 private work release centers, two road prisons, one forestry camp and one basic training camp.

Information on Testing

FDC’s testing priorities closely align with recommendations from the CDC and current treatment protocols established by the Florida Department of Health.

If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19 they will be placed in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

FDC has also conducted institution-wide testing when it is indicated by a positive inmate, in line with evolving CDC guidance

Sample testing of asymptomatic inmates in medical quarantine that are elderly, have a compromised immune system and/or preexisting medical condition are being conducted. Sample testing has also been conducted at facilities with known cases.

Information on Inmate COVID-19 Deaths

Updated:
6/3/20 12:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Related
Inmate Deaths
  15

As the health care provider for inmates, FDC cannot release information that could lead to the identity of the inmate or disclose the inmate’s protected health information.

The Florida Department of Health has expanded the information provided regarding locations of individuals who have died in a facility. For more information visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov.

FDC is releasing information on deaths of inmates who tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of the cause of death. The Florida Department of Health defines a COVID-19 related death as a person who has died following a positive COVID-19 test. FDC is not releasing information that would lead to the identification of individuals due to privacy concerns. Because of the current availability of records, additional identifying information regarding COVID-19 related deaths is prohibited from release.

The district Medical Examiner is required to determine the cause of death for any person who dies in a prison, and that determination is releasable by the Medical Examiner

Information Regarding Correctional Institution Staff

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, FDC will not identify the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities. Staff listed above may be employed by FDC or one of its contractors. Any employee who is symptomatic, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, will not be allowed entry to a correctional institution. The employee will not be allowed to return to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and DOH and CDC guidelines are followed. Additional questions regarding these individuals (gender, age, travel status) should be directed to the Florida DOH.

If a staff member presents with any symptoms of illness, they have been instructed not to report to work and contact their health care provider.

Information on Offenders on Probation

Offenders living in the community will not be included in this reporting. If an offender on community supervision tests positive for COVID-19, they will work directly with their probation officer on reporting requirements.

FDC Response to Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases

FDC’s Office of Health Services, institutional medical staff and institutional operations staff work hand-in-hand with the Florida DOH to quickly engage and resolve infectious disease outbreaks as soon as they occur. FDC’s primary goal is ensuring the health, safety and security of FDC staff and the inmates in our care and custody.

  • If an inmate presents to medical with symptoms indicative of COVID-19, medical staff will place the inmate in medical isolation, pending DOH testing.
  • With every potential and/or positive case of COVID-19, FDC works closely with the local health department to conduct a trace-back contact investigation and determine if additional staff or inmates need to be tested due to close contact risk factors. This investigation will also determine the need to place inmates on varying levels of restricted movement.
  • Staff members who test positive for COVID-19 will not return to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional and DOH and CDC guidelines are followed.
  • If it is determined that a COVID-19 positive employee has not had contact with the inmate population, the inmates will not be placed in medical quarantine.
  • Symptomatic inmates will be placed in medical isolation, and FDC will immediately engage with the county health department. The county health department will make a determination on testing.
  • The inmate will not be allowed to move in and out of their dormitories until they have been medically cleared by an onsite medical professional.
  • Only essential staff will be allowed to enter the institution and no inmates will transfer in or out.
  • While inmates are in medical quarantine, they still have access to washrooms, showers and medical care. Meals are provided to the inmates within their housing units.

FDC COVID-19 Action Items

  • FDC has a plan in place and dedicated staff members trained in the prevention and containment of infectious diseases.
  • FDC’s Office of Health Services coordinates with the Florida DOH for guidance on any type of outbreak and is closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from Florida DOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • FDC initiated its Incident Command System in response to COVID-19.
  • FDC Community Corrections officers are working with offenders on supervision to adjust reporting schedules to minimize congregating at probation offices and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Following the State of Emergency issued in response to COVID-19 in Florida, FDC suspended visitation at all correctional institutions statewide. See press release.
  • FDC has partnered with vendors to provide some complimentary phone and video visitation services. See press release.
  • Anyone entering a correctional institution will be screened in accordance with Federal, State and Department guidelines.
  • In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, as recommended by the CDC, program services have been temporarily adjusted, to include academic education, career and technical education, substance use treatment and limited chaplaincy services.
  • Inmate dining has been adjusted to stagger seating and meal times to maximize social distancing.
  • Medical co-pays for inmates who are experiencing flu-like or respiratory symptoms are being waived. Inmates are never denied medical treatment for the inability to pay a co-pay.
  • Outside inmate work squads have been restricted. FDC will continue to coordinate efforts with FDOT.
  • All non-critical inmate transfers have been suspended.
  • New inmate commitments from county jails go through additional screening and 14-day quarantine before placement within general population. More information here.
  • Volunteer activities have been suspended statewide.
  • All Community Release Centers have suspended furloughs for inmates, in order to limit the inmate population’s exposure to the public.
  • Education has been provided to staff and inmates to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Precautions are in place at facilities to protect inmates and staff from exposure to flu or any other respiratory illness; preventative measures are being followed per CDC recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The well-being of all who live and work in an FDC institution is of the utmost importance to FDC. Many measures are in place to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

FDC is closely aligned with CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

FDC is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population and within the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender population.

  • What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    Isolation separates people who have or are showing potential symptoms of a contagious disease or virus, from people who do not.

    Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease or virus to see if they become sick.

  • What is a contact investigation?

    When public health workers investigate whether a disease has spread, it is called a contact investigation. For COVID-19, this generally starts with an interview of the person who has tested positive. Questions are asked such as places they have been and a list of people who may have had close contact with them. CDC considers a close contact someone who was within about six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a long period or had direct contact with infectious secretions of a person with coronavirus — such as being coughed on.

  • What is an Incident Command System?

    An Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by bringing together a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure. At FDC, the ICS has daily meetings, which include agency leaders, to discuss emerging and ongoing issues, prioritize resources, streamline distribution of necessary equipment and implement solutions to issues that arise as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency.

  • What does “restricted movement” mean?

    Restricted movement means something different for each situation. There is no “one size fits all” answer – FDC personnel address each situation differently, while following established infectious disease protocols. Generally, recreation and canteen services continue to be offered within the parameters of movement restrictions.

    If an entire dorm is placed on restricted movement, inmates within that dorm are separated from the general population and take meals within their housing unit. Inmates still have access to all of their property, including a JPay tablet, if they possess one and canteen services continue to be provided .

  • Will prisons be equipped with sanitizing stations for inmates?

    Yes, all inmates have access to hand soap and water. Hand soap is available in inmate restrooms. Health items, such as toilet paper and soap, are replenished as needed. Education has also been issued for inmates instructing them to wash their hands frequently and follow CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

  • Will inmates be allowed to use hand sanitizer?

    Hand sanitizer is classified as contraband because of the high alcohol content and the possibility for abuse. All inmates have access to soap and water. CDC recommends using soap and water, and only when that is not available, hand sanitizer.

  • Have there been any COVID-19 infections in the Florida prison system?

    See the chart above for the latest information regarding known and suspected COVID-19 cases within Florida's correctional institutions.

  • What is the plan if there is an infection?

    In the case of a positive test result for COVID-19, FDC, in coordination with the county health department, initiates contact investigations and isolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.

    An inmate’s treating clinician at the institution manages his or her care and can assess the needs of the patient as the care plan evolves. If an inmate needs outside medical care, they will receive it. FDC medical facilities are more extensive and complete than an outside general practitioner facility and include an infirmary, FDC hospital, pharmacy services and in-patient care units.

  • Are correctional officers being screened?

    Yes, correctional officers are screened prior to entry into all correctional institutions.

    FDC has implemented enhanced screening protocols for all employees, contract staff and any others who enter any correctional institution.

    Anyone, including staff, will be denied entry if they:

    • Have traveled internationally, to an area with substantial community spread (such as Louisiana, Connecticut, New York or New Jersey) or on a cruise within the last 14 days.
    • Have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever (99.6 degrees or higher), cough or shortness of breath.
    • Have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is currently under DOH investigation for COVID-19.

    If a corrections officer or other institution staff member or contractor fails screening, they will be denied access to the correctional institution and will be required to have documentation from a medical professional that they are cleared to return to work. Their medical professional would determine if testing is required.

    FDC employees may use accrued personal leave (sick, annual, personal, comp) if they are unable to telework during self-isolation or quarantine following close contact with an individual who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Procedures have been established by Governor DeSantis and the Department of Management Services to enable employees to donate leave if a state employee does not have any accrued leave.

  • Is re-test data included in FDC’s statistics?

    Re-test data is included in FDC numbers. The testing numbers reported out each day are cumulative. If an inmate was tested in April and then tested in May, both of those tests will appear in our data. If an inmate tests negative but is re-tested and tests positive (or negative), those tests are both included in the figures we report out. Re-test data is not currently aggregated for statistical purposes. It should also be noted that although inmate transfers have been severely limited, inmate movement still is occurring, as such, the inmate population is a fluid number and does not contain all of the same individuals at any two given times.

    The goal of providing daily updates on this website is to provide transparency to the general public regarding FDC’s COVID-19 response efforts and to inform the public as to the current status of COVID-19 within the inmate population and the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender populations. FDC’s data is not meant to provide statistical insight into COVID-19. Comparing the rate of positive inmates to that of the general population is extremely flawed as FDC’s population does not mirror the general population of Florida. The correctional environment consists of large group housing and shared spaces, unlike that of the general population.

    The primary responsibility and focus of FDC’s Office of Health Services is to provide medical treatment and care to inmates in custody. All staff resources are dedicated to these efforts. Testing is being expanded at institutions with known positive COVID-19 cases in order for FDC to focus medical personnel and services to inmates with the greatest need. Voluntary testing of staff at these locations is also being conducted.

    The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency in Florida for collecting and reporting information regarding COVID-19. General information and statistics regarding COVID-19 positive patients, separated by county, is available at www.floridahealthcovid19.gov. Questions on positivity rates should be directed to the Florida Department of Health. FDC reports all testing results to the Florida DOH.

  • Are correctional officers taking any precautions?

    Cloth face coverings are being produced and distributed to staff and the inmate population. FDC staff have been authorized to wear personal face coverings while inside facilities. See press release.

    Education and guidance have been provided to staff regarding infection control policies and procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in correctional institutions, including following CDC guidelines:

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Stay home if you are feeling ill.
  • Are staff and inmates being given necessary supplies in order to protect themselves?

    Correctional officers have access to latex gloves at all times. Masks are provided when indicated in accordance with infectious disease protocols. FDC has been actively monitoring and assessing institutions to ensure inmates and staff have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to immediately address any potential COVID-19 exposures. FDC continues to work with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and DOH to identify any deficiencies and ensure adequate supplies are available at each institution on an ongoing basis.

  • What are Florida correctional institutions doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

    FDC’s Office of Health Services continues to work closely with DOH. FDC is diligently monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Dedicated staff members who are trained in the prevention and containment of infectious diseases have created evolving response plans based on ongoing developments.

    As a precautionary measure, FDC’s emergency operation center is activated and fully prepared to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. FDC has longstanding outbreak management plans in place to address communicable disease outbreaks, as well as preparedness procedures to address a variety of medical emergencies.

    FDC receives constant guidance on any type of outbreak and are closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from DOH and CDC. FDC will continue to ensure inmate safety and security, and the continuation of access to health services for those in FDC custody. In addition to these measures, FDC has modified inmate movement within institutions to limit the amount of social mixing between groups of inmates. For instance, inmates are now dining, recreating and attending programming with other inmates housed within their dorm. Every effort to limit dorms interacting with one another is being taken.

    See a comprehensive breakdown of all of the proactive measures FDC has taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Florida’s prison system.

  • Are inmates being identified who may have been in contact with someone who tested positive and if so, what steps have been taken to protect those inmates?

    FDC’s Office of Health Services, institutional medical staff and institutional operations staff work hand-in-hand with DOH to quickly engage and resolve infectious disease outbreaks as soon as they occur. In coordination with the county health department, FDC conducts trace back investigations and isolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.

  • What steps are taken to ensure inmates receive testing?

    If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19, FDC medical staff will immediately engage with the county health department and place the inmate in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

    Sample testing of asymptomatic inmates in medical quarantine that are elderly, have a compromised immune system and/or preexisting medical condition are being conducted.

  • Does FDC or DOH have adequate testing capacity?

    Yes. Sufficient test kits are available so recommended testing procedures can be followed. DEM is the designated state agency leading the coordination of the state’s emergency response activities in response to COVID-19. FDC’s Office of Health Services coordinates with DOH for guidance on any type of outbreak and is closely monitoring new information as it is disseminated from DOH and CDC.

  • How is the FDC ensuring adequate officer staffing in the event that a large amount of officers test positive?

    FDC has a plan in place as a precautionary measure if a large-scale officer absence were to take place. All FDC staff have been provided educational guidance on how to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19.

  • Are you providing COVID-19 testing?

    Medical professionals, in consultation with the county health department, determine which inmates are tested for COVID-19. If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19, FDC medical staff will immediately engage with the county health department and place the inmate in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

    FDC’s infectious disease protocols are flexible to account for changes during this evolving health emergency. FDC Office of Health Services and our agency medical contractor are prepared to and currently conduct sample collection when necessary. DOH will conduct all tests it deems necessary, based on the information provided by the inmate’s treating clinician.

    FDC’s testing priorities closely align with recommendations from the CDC and current treatment protocols established by the Florida Department of Health. If an inmate begins experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19 they will be placed in medical isolation. All inmates in medical isolation are tested for COVID-19 and are monitored by health services staff.

    Sample testing of asymptomatic inmates in medical quarantine that are elderly, have a compromised immune system and/or preexisting medical condition are being conducted.

  • What happens if an inmate tests positive?

    In the case of a positive test result for COVID-19, FDC, in coordination with the county health department, initiates contact investigations and isolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.

    • Inmates in medical isolation, at infirmary or otherwise under ongoing medical care receive frequent health monitoring at the discretion of their treating clinician.
    • Symptomatic inmates will not be allowed to move in and out of their dormitory until they have been medically cleared by an onsite health professional.
    • Only essential staff will be allowed to enter the institution and no inmates will transfer in or out.
    • While inmates are in medical isolation or quarantine, they still have access to washrooms, showers and medical care. Meals are provided to the inmates within their housing units.

    An inmate’s treating clinician at the institution manages his or her care and can assess the needs of the patient as the care plan evolves. If an inmate needs outside medical care, they will receive it. FDC medical facilities are more extensive and complete than an outside general practitioner facility and include an infirmary, FDC hospital, pharmacy services and in-patient care units.

    Ensuring inmates incarcerated in Florida’s prisons receive all necessary medical and behavioral treatment is one of FDC’s core constitutional responsibilities. FDC assures an appropriate level of health care is provided to all inmates and FDC’s medical provider is held accountable for care in line with evolving national standards.

  • Will FDC be releasing inmates early?

    FDC does not have the legal authority to release inmates prior to completion of their sentence. FDC ensures inmates serve their court-ordered sentence in accordance with Florida law. Information regarding conditional medical release can be found on the website of the Florida Commission on Offender Review.

  • Are inmates allowed to go about their normal schedules?

    FDC has modified inmate movement within institutions to limit the amount of social mixing between groups of inmates. For instance, inmates are now only dining, recreating and attending programming with inmates housed within their dorm. Every effort to limit dorms interacting with one another is being taken. Canteen services continue to be provided to the inmate population.

  • What is FDC doing to protect pregnant inmates?

    Specific guidance from the CDC is limited at this time. Education for inmates has been issued instructing them to wash their hands frequently and follow CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of infections:

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Let a member of the staff know if you or someone you know has symptoms including a fever and cough or shortness of breath.

    FDC has an outbreak management plan and has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. All state prisons and facilities are bolstering response readiness by educating and encouraging social distancing and initiating additional cleaning measures.

  • Are you enforcing screening protocols for inmates in work release programs?

    Inmates assigned to work release will continue their work assignments. Inmates have been advised regarding CDC guidelines for social distancing, hand washing and increased cleaning. Upon returning to the facility after their work assignment, inmates will undergo screening for entrance into the facility. If an inmate fails the screening protocol, they will be placed in a separated area to avoid possible transmission of COVID-19 to other inmates and staff and immediately be referred to FDC’s Health Services.

  • Have there been any changes within community corrections?

    FDC Community Corrections officers are working with offenders on supervision to adjust reporting schedules to minimize congregating at probation offices and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Offenders on supervision should contact their probation office. Offenders requests for discretionary transfer to Florida are suspended. Leisure travel to Florida for out of state offenders has been suspended.

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Ensuring inmates incarcerated in Florida’s prisons receive medical and behavioral treatment is one of FDC’s core constitutional responsibilities. FDC ensures an appropriate level of health care is provided to all inmates and FDC’s medical provider is held accountable for care in line with evolving national standards.