For Immediate Release
February 5, 1999
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Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Corrections Secretary Michael Moore are pleased to announce the implementation of a nationwide toll free telephone line for crime victims. This toll free phone line will allow crime victims to receive information about offenders in Florida's prisons. The toll free number is 1-8778 VICTIM (1-877-884-2846).
The toll free phone will allow victims of crime to contact the Florida Department of Corrections, at no cost to the victims, to obtain information about offenders, to update their notification telephone number and receive information about restitution.
"This is a very small step that we believe will provide peace of mind for victims of crime in Florida," Moore said. The toll free line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Messages may be left on a recorder during all other times.
Moore called for the implementation of the toll free telephone line for crime victims to begin to bring the department up to the standards of the U. S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime recommendations for victims' rights and services for the 21st century.
Moore is committed to making sure the department treats all crime victims with dignity, respect and sensitivity.
While Moore was Director of the South Carolina Prisons, the American Correctional Association awarded the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the Award of Excellence in the category of Victims Services. More than 400 programs from around the country in 19 different categories were submitted to the American Correctional Association. South Carolina Victim Services was one of five nationally recognized and the only one among southeastern states.