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Florida Department of Corrections Number One Web Site
The Lycos Internet search engine named the Florida Department of Corrections the number one corrections web site in the nation and included the site in its list of the top five percent of all current Internet information sites.
"Stay tuned, we're not finished yet," said Florida Secretary of Corrections Harry K. Singletary Jr. "I am especially pleased about this honor because in-house staff accomplished this. We did not hire outside consultants."
The Lycos reviews says, "It is not often you find a useful prison Web site, but this one has loads of statistics (3 meals a day for prisoners costs $2.23 a day), graphs on its budget and information on various lock-ups around the Sunshine State."
"Sure to please tough-on-crime advocates are the numbers we found on early releases that show a significant drop in the percentage of inmates let go before their sentences were finished..." the review continued. "A new address and a search engine for finding released inmates makes this the best corrections site in the nation."
This is not the first time the Florida Department of Corrections has been recognized by the technology sector. Last year Microsoft selected the Corrections site ad an outstanding Justice site and The Corrections Connections featured it as An "excellent resource."
Florida's prisons house more than 65,000 inmates, with another 140,000 under supervision. The site serves victims, law enforcement agencies, community groups, inmate families, the courts and the press.