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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Victim Services

The Office of Victim Affairs is responsible for assuring that the Department of Corrections remains within its statutory mandate of providing notification to victims of crime prior to the release of the offender, if the address is provided to the department. During fiscal year 2000-01 the Office of Victim Affairs provided release notification to 34,950 victims of crime. Of those notifications, 34,446 (98.6%) were within the statutorily required "6 months prior to the offender's release." The Office continues to provide information and referral services to victims of crime through our toll-free telephone number and comprehensive web site.

The Office of Victim Affairs also began a pilot program of classes, "Impact of Crime on Victims," to offenders at Lancaster Correctional Institution. Upon the completion of the pilot program, the Office of Victim Affairs is now revising the curriculum in an effort to make the program more appropriate to the offender population. The Office of Victim Affairs has also conducted several Victim Impact Panels at several correctional institutions and is planning to introduce them to offenders on supervision.

The Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Jim Appleman, State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit, co-hosted the 24th Annual Florida Network of Victim Witness Services, Inc., Annual Conference. The Conference provided a variety of training in many aspects of victim services to over 325 participants from across the state.

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