For Immediate Release
February 14, 2000
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
or Larry Hamilton
bureau chief of probation and
parole field services
TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Corrections will unveil a new online offender database today.
Florida DOC is the first state prison system in the nation to provide information on its public website of those offenders on probation, community control and post-release supervision. DOC already provides such information on its incarcerated inmate population and those who were released since October 1997.
Secretary of Corrections Michael Moore said the information would benefit the public and law enforcement community. "This will be an important tool in helping the public, press and law enforcement keep track of offenders. Our website is already the most informative and user-friendly of all prison systems. This new database will put it at the forefront of public information and crime-fighting technology."
State Sen. Ron Silver (District 38), a member of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, supported the database as a public safety measure. "This will allow anyone with internet access to keep tabs on those who still pose a risk to society," he said.
The database will be posted on the DOC website at www.dc.state.fl.us as the "Supervised Population Offender Search" before noon today. It will be updated daily and weekly. Approximately 197,000 offender records will be posted online. This is in addition to the approximately 70,000 currently incarcerated inmate records that are online. All information on the Supervised Population Offender Search is public record.
For example, anyone with access to the internet may obtain information on probationers living in their community. Simply go to the database, type in a zip code or other identifying information, and a listing of all those offenders meeting that criteria will be displayed.
The Legislature passed a law in 1999 allowing DOC to photograph probationers. Photographs of some supervised offenders are currently available and will also be displayed. DOC is in the process of taking photos of all supervised offenders and will post them online as they become available.