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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Statement of Agency
Organization and Operation

General Information

  1. Changing lives to ensure a safer Florida.

  2. To promote safety of the public, our staff and offenders by providing security, supervision, and care, offering opportunities for successful re-entry into society, and capitalizing on partnerships to continue to improve the quality of life in Florida.

  3. The headquarters of the agency is located at 501 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500, with business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is also the mailing address where the public may obtain information, submit documents or make requests.

Agency Organization

  1. The organization of the Department of Corrections is established in accordance with Sections 20.315 and 20.04, Florida Statutes. According to Section 20.315, Florida Statutes, the head of the Department of Corrections is the Secretary of Corrections. The Secretary is appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Secretary is responsible for: planning, coordinating, and managing the corrections system of the state in accordance with chapter 944 and 945, Florida Statutes; ensuring that the programs and services of the Department are administered in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, with established program standards, and consistent with legislative intent; and identifying the need for and recommend funding for the secure and efficient operation of the state correctional system.

  2. The Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff, General Counsel and Inspector General are appointed by the Secretary. They are directly responsible to the Secretary and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary.

  3. The Secretary is authorized to appoint assistant Secretaries, Directors, or other such persons that he or she deems are necessary to accomplish the mission and goals of the Department, including, but not limited to, the following areas of program responsibility:

    1. Assistant Secretary for Institutions
    2. Assistant Secretary for Community Corrections
    3. Chief of Staff
    4. Deputy Secretary of Corrections
    5. Secretary's Office

Agency Clerk

  1. The Agency Clerk is designated by the General Counsel and is located in the Office of the General Counsel.

  2. The mailing address for the Agency Clerk is:

    Agency Clerk, Department of Corrections
    Office of the General Counsel
    501 South Calhoun Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

  3. The telephone number for the Agency Clerk is (850) 717-3605.

  4. The fax number for the Agency Clerk is (850) 922-4355

  5. The Agency Clerk receives, dockets and maintains all pleadings and other legal documents filed with the Department; responds to requests for information or copies of documents from the files of the clerk's office; prepares the record on appeal when the agency acts as the lower tribunal; prepares orders of indigence when directed by the court; and bills and collects payment for records on appeal and reproduced documents.

Filings

Documents shall be filed with the Agency Clerk at the above address during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  Documents may be hand delivered to the Agency Clerk by bringing them to the Department of Corrections building at 501 South Calhoun Street, entering at the Calhoun Street entrance and asking the person at the Security Desk to call the Agency Clerk to come down to the Security Desk.  Documents left at the Security Desk will not be considered filed until received by the Agency Clerk.  It is the filing party's responsibility to meet all filing deadlines.  Documents received after hours will be filed the next business day.  Documents may be filed by FAX during normal business hours at (850) 922-4355.  Documents MAY NOT be filed by email.

Rules

  1. The rules of the Department of Corrections are contained in Chapter 33, Florida Administrative Code.
  2. Pursuant to s. 120.54(5), F.S., the uniform rules of procedure adopted by the administration commission (Chapter 28-101 through 28-112, F.A.C.), are the rules of administrative procedure for the Department of Corrections.

Variances From and Waivers of Agency Rules

Information concerning waivers of or variances to agency rules can be obtained from the Administrative Law Section in the Office of the General Counsel. Petitions for variances or waivers must be filed with the Agency Clerk.