For Immediate Release
May 10, 2000
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TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Corrections budget recently passed by the Legislature provides new tools for a safe and secure environment for the public, employees and offenders, Secretary Michael W. Moore said today.
Chief among the highlights in the FY 2000-2001 budget is the special-risk retirement benefit for correctional probation officers (CPOs) and selected health service staff. CPOs have sought special-risk retirement for nearly two decades. Governor Jeb Bush recognized the importance of special-risk retirement by including it in his budget request this year. It takes effect in January 2001.
"Special-risk retirement has been a top priority of this administration and we are pleased the Legislature approved it," Moore said.
Furthermore, any member of the special-risk class (including correctional officers) who served between Sept. 30, 1978 to Jan. 1, 1993 will receive a three percent benefit based on average final compensation upon retirement after July 1, 2000.
Other highlights of DOC's $1.6 billion budget are:
Other issues addressed in the budget are:
See also the Budget FAQs.