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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
January 16, 2001
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Governor's Budget Recommendations
Help Department of Corrections
Fight Crime

Governor Jeb Bush's 2001-2002 crime fighting e-budget includes a recommendation to the Florida Legislature for an additional 24.7 million dollars to raise the salaries of correctional employees.

Bolstering efforts like the "10-20-Life" Law, and "Three Strikes Felony Offender Act" Governor Bush continues to support Florida's tough-on-crime public protection initiatives. "Our prisons and probation and parole offices are only as good as the men and women who work there," said Florida Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore. "I want to personally thank Governor Bush for including this agency's correctional professionals in his budget recommendation. The proposal keeps the additional money going to the front line for the men and women who put their lives on that line every day in supervising dangerous offenders. I also want to thank the Police Benevolent Association for their hard work and assistance in this effort."

Pay raises are targeted for 13,510 employees in the correctional officer series and 2,236 employees in the probation officer series.

Detailed allocation of the money is subject to negotiation between the Governor's office and the PBA bargaining unit. The Legislature must appropriate dollars for all state employee raises.