1998: The Year of the DC Web
The Corrections website was first brought online in 1995 and in October 1997 it was moved to its permanent home at: www.dc.state.fl.us, which is a web server operated by the DC. At the time of this move, the website was averaging approximately 350,000 hits from 7,500 visitors each month. After the Inmate Population Search came online in March 1998, traffic increased by 400%. We are now receiving approximately 2.2 million hits from 26,000 visitors each month.
Since its inception, the site has been garnering awards from such household names as Microsoft and YAHOO!. Here is a sampling of awards won in the last year or so: YAHOO! Pick of the Week on May 25, 1998, USA TODAY Hot Site award on April 28, 1998, Lycos TOP 5% rating in February 1998, named Microsoft "Outstanding Justice website" in June 1997, named "an excellent resource" by the Corrections Connection, received the "Digital Government Award of Excellence" on April 27, 1998.
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Most Popular Web Reports
At the end of June 1998 there were more than 60 reports and articles on our website as well as addresses (email and mailing), phone numbers, organizational information, employment information, and other resources. This information totals approximately 900 web pages. The following table shows the most popular reports and articles.
Most Popular Web Reports
All addresses begin with http://www.dc.state.fl.us/
|Number of Visits|
|Facts and Fallacies||facts.html||1,550||1,803||1,346||4,699|
|Department Press Releases||secretary/communications/ press/prindex.html||872||936||684||2,492|
|Victim Assistance Brochure||security/admission/victasst.html||104||864||598||1,566|
|Title 33, Administrative Code||secretary/legal/ch33/||555||576||383||1,514|
|1996-1997 Annual Report||executive/research/annual/9697/||547||514||437||1,498|
|Gangs (online as of June 1998)||security/reports/gangs/||N/A||N/A||1,188||1,188|
|Privatization in the FL Dept. of Corrections||administrative/reports/privatize/||527||350||210||1,087|
|Correctional Compass (monthly newsletter)||secretary/communications/ compass/ccindex.html||312||344||278||934|
|Corrections in Florida: What the public, newsmedia, and DC staff think. (survey)||secretary/communications/survey/||165||382||210||757|
While more than 80 percent of those who visit the DC website are from the United States, there is a surprising amount of interest from other countries. Activity peaks are the result of being "featured" by a foreign country website. The table below shows a steady increase in foreign interest.