How the Department of Corrections is Protecting the Public (Gomez)
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Corrections has been thoroughly preparing for the fallout from the Gomez vs. Singletary case since January 1999.
This is what has been done so far to inform and protect the public and victims of crime about prison inmates who may be released early as a result of the Gomez decision:
Since January 1999, the record of each affected inmate has been and will continue to be thoroughly reviewed to make certain that inmate is eligible for early release. If early release is warranted, then the record is reviewed further to determine eligibility for post-release probation or supervision, including possible Jimmy Ryce Act compliance for sex offenders.
Since May 1999, each victim who has been affected by a Gomez inmate has been notified in writing and by phone. In addition, every sheriff, state attorney and chief judge in Florida from whose jurisdictions Gomez inmates were sentenced has been notified by registered mail (see attachments).
We have worked with the Florida Parole Commission to set terms and conditions of supervision for inmates under the Commission's jurisdiction.
Members of the public or victims of crime wanting information on any inmate, Gomez-related or otherwise, can call the Department of Corrections toll-free victims assistance hotline at 1-877-8VICTIM (884-2846).
Relatives of inmates who may be affected by Gomez can call our toll-free family services hotline at 1-888-558-6488.
Inmate information and the latest actions we are taking on the Gomez case can be accessed on the Department of Corrections website at www.dc.state.fl.us.