Secretary Michael W. Moore
Deputy Secretary Michael D. Wolfe
"I don't believe in justice without caring or in caring without justice. These are inseparable in life and work." -- Justine Wise Polier
The secretary's office encompasses executive, legislative affairs, the general counsel and the inspector general's office. It also includes victim assistance and the family services unit.
We strengthened the independence and consistency of internal investigations of violence and criminal activity in the prison system. We successfully presented the case for our probation officers to the Legislature and obtained special-risk benefits for these men and women. Our legal office handled more than 3,000 cases. With enhanced staff and technological support, the victim assistance office (toll free at 1-877-8VICTIM [884-2846]) initiated a pilot program to present victim impact panels and victim sensitivity classes into the educational curriculum to assist offenders in understanding the impact that crime has on victims, their families, communities and society.
These programs provide partnerships with victims and victim advocacy groups in an effort to ensure victims and stakeholders are treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect in making and executing administrative and operational decisions.
Other stakeholders are the families and friends of offenders. This year the Office of Family Services (toll free 1-888-558-6488) answered 20,000 inquiries from family and friends of inmates and probationers.
"The number of crimes committed with guns dropped 18 percent in the 12 months ending July 1, 2000 and state officials credited a new law that sets tough minimum prison terms for gun toting criminals."
--The Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2000
"The numbers are important, but what really counts is how this impacts real people and real Floridians This means literally thousands fewer victims murdered, robbed, raped and assaulted with guns."
--Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, Oct. 4, 2000