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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Office of the Secretary
Office of Legal Services

Personnel, Institutions, and Community Corrections Unit

The Personnel/Institutions/Community Corrections unit provides legal advice and assistance to management and investigatory staff regarding employee disciplinary matters, represents the department in arbitration hearings, reviews investigations for the Inspector General that involve allegations of staff misconduct or discrimination and advises department staff concerning personnel related matters such as workers compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, unemployment compensation and Drug-Free Workplace Act issues. The unit represents the department before the Public Employees Relations Commission, the Division of Administrative Hearings, and the Florida Commission on Human Relations as well as on appeals to the District Court of Appeals. Additionally, the unit provides legal advice and assistance to institutional staff in Central Office and the field concerning a host of correctional law matters, such as visitation, admissible reading material, inmate death notification, inmate mail, inmate property, inmate classification, work programs, illegal aliens, inmate education and gender issues. It also provides legal advice and assistance to Central Office and field staff concerning matters within the jurisdiction of the Office of Community Corrections. These matters include, among others, issues relating to residential searches, electronic monitoring, sex offender registration and conditions of supervision. Furthermore, the unit provides legal support to staff engaged in the restoration of civil rights historical releases process, drafts responses to complaints by inmates and their families on matters such as conditions of confinement and access to court, reviews sex offender orders of probation to ensure that they meet statutory requirements, represents the department in duty to uphold hearings pursuant to sections 943.0436 and 775.21, Florida Statutes, and provides training to correctional probation officers, correctional officer recruits, prison inspectors and new employees concerning legal-related issues. The unit also provides legal representation to the Emergency Management Team, which handles disaster-related issues.

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