For Immediate Release
July 6, 1999
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The first round of inmates released by the U.S. Supreme Court action in the Gomez vs. Singletary case began leaving prison today. As they leave each is handed information describing the new consequences of crime in the 10-20-Life law. Offenders are also required to sign the Prison Reoffender Punishment Release Warning Form. The warning describes offenses which bring mandatory stiff sentencing provisions. Over 70% of these offenders are due at their probation office within 24 hours of their release.
Since May, each victim affected by a Gomez inmate has been notified by letter of their impending release. Over 3000 letters were mailed to victims of these offenders. Victims of crime wanting information on any inmate can call the Department of Corrections toll-free victim assistance hotline at 1-877-8VICTIM (884-2846). Relatives of inmates affected by the Gomez case can call the inmate family ombudsman toll free at 1-888-558-6488.
"We have notified every sheriff, state attorney and chief circuit judge of the offenders released under Gomez that were sentenced in their jurisdiction," said Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore. "In addition, we posted a list of these offenders on our public internet website. This list is instantly available to anyone anywhere anytime at www.dc.state.fl.us."
573 prisoners constitute the first pool of inmates to be released under Gomez. They will be released in a two week period beginning today. Of the total pool of 8,676 inmates to be released over a period of several years, 58 percent will have 30 days or less deducted from their prison terms.
"Many inmates are required to have frequent contact with their probation officers," Moore added. "Certain high profile inmates will also be tracked by the Global Position Satellite (GPS) system." GPS is an electronic device attached to a probationer's ankle which allows constant monitoring by computer.
Inmates are also instructed on how to stay drug and alcohol free, find gainful employment and ways to seek community assistance for food, housing and counseling.
"We have and will continue to do everything possible to inform and protect the public about the return of these inmates to their communities." Moore said.