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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


For Immediate Release
October 10, 1996
For More Information Contact:
Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Corrections Officials
Review Court Ruling

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court today issued its decision in the Richard Gwong petition relating to certain inmates in Florida being denied eligibility for gain-time. The decision denies the right of the Florida Department of Corrections to promulgate a rule that eliminated approximately 20,000 inmates from earning gain-time.

The court decision is currently being reviewed by the Florida Department of Corrections legal bureau, and in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, will determine whether any additional legal action should be initiated.

The department will review each case initially impacted by the denial of gain-time and establish a new release date for those who would have been able to earn gain-time between April 21, 1996, the effective date of the rule change, and today.