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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

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Victims' Assistance Office

  • Find an inmate's current location and release date by visiting vinelink.com or calling 877-846-3435.The Victims' Assistance Office assures the Department of Corrections (DC) is in compliance with Florida Statutes Sec. 944.605 (1), the notification of victims of crime and criminal justice officials (Law-Enforcement Agencies, Judges, and State Attorneys) prior to an inmate's release.

  • The office notifies over 36,000 victims of crime each year of offender transfers and releases from prison.

  • The office also distributes court ordered obligations incurred by DC inmates. Inmates working at paid employment, such as Community Work Release and prison industries such as Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE), pay their obligations through the department's Court Ordered Payments database.

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Services

  • The department offers a toll-free automated inmate information and notification service called VINE, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Victims can call 1-877-VINE-4- FL (1-877-846-3435), to receive an inmate's current location and tentative release date or visit the website at www.vinelink.com.

  • Victims may also register to receive an automated notification when an inmate is released, transferred, escapes, is placed in a work release facility, transfers to another jurisdiction, returns to the department's custody, or dies while in custody. The VINE Service is anonymous and confidential.

10-20-LIFE Public Information

  • DC, in conjunction with the Governor and the Legislature, continues to inform the public of the 10- 20-LIFE law. The 1999 law mandates 10 years in prison for possession of a gun, 20 years for discharging the weapon and 25 years to life for shooting/killing someone with the gun.

Front Porch Florida Community Initiative

  • DC develops partnerships to further accomplish our mission through the Front Porch Community Initiative. This initiative helps communities improve their neighborhoods through assistance from public and private entities.

  • Through our efforts, neighborhoods have been cleaned, community awareness events were sponsored, special projects conducted.

  • Front Porch Florida was founded in 1999 to address the challenges facing Florida’s urban communities.

  • So far, 20 communities have been designated as Front Porch sites. They are Bartow, Bradenton, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Walton Beach, Gainesville, Immokalee, Jacksonville, Miami, Ocala, OpaLocka, Orlando, Pensacola, Sanford, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach and West Palm Beach.

  • As part of the initiative, the department:
    • The Reichert House, built with inmate labor, deters at-risk youth from the criminal justice system and encourages academic achievement.
      The Reichert House, built with inmate labor, deters at-risk youth from the criminal justice system and encourages academic achievement.



      DC employees volunteer at the St. Petersburg Front Porch Community “Clean Up Day.” The Front Porch Initiative helps communities improve their neighborhoods through assistance from public and private entities.
      DC employees volunteer at the St. Petersburg Front Porch Community "Clean Up Day." The Front Porch Initiative helps communities improve their neighborhoods through assistance from public and private entities.



      Corrections employees donate supplies for  deserving children at their  local schools.
      Corrections employees donate supplies for deserving children at their local schools.



      A DC employee reads to children as part of Leon County's Family Fun Day.
      A DC employee reads to children as part of Leon County’s Family Fun Day.


      partnered with the Northeast Gainesville/Duval Area Neighborhood Front Porch Florida Community, under the auspices of the City of Gainesville and the Black on Black Crime Task Force, to provide inmate labor to develop and construct Phase II to include a modular building of the Reichert House, site of a Gainesville youth program that tries to steer children toward education and away from criminal activity.

    • partnered with Bartow Front Porch Florida Community to restore 11 homes that were battered by hurricanes and tropical storms. With the use of inmate labor, the homes were repaired and restored to allow for residents to return after the storms.

    • partnered with the Sarasota Front Porch Community to build kitchen cabinets for 10 homes in the community.

    • partnered with local, state, school, community, law enforcement and federal officials to promote Life Inside, a crime prevention videotape and curriculum booklet aimed at keeping young people in school and out of trouble.

Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign (FSECC)

  • DC made contributions of over $384,309 to this worthwhile organization to provide valuable assistance to deserving children and families during the annual campaign.

Just Read, Florida!

  • To support the "Just Read, Florida!" initiative, the department implemented a statewide plan to collect new and used books to distribute to deserving children in Florida communities. Last year, the department collected close to 89,000 books that were distributed to children throughout the state.

Mentoring Initiative

  • To promote and support the Mentoring Initiative, the department recruited mentors and mentoring coordinators from each facility throughout the state.

  • 1,759 DC employees donated 15,549 hours to assist Florida youth in the mentoring program. These numbers represent a significant increase from the previous fiscal year when 1,071 DC employees participated, while donating 6,913 hours.

  • For more information about the department’s Mentoring initiative, you may go to our website at www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/mentoring/.