Secretary Moore is pleased to announce the following important Legislative initiatives that were approved during the 2001 Legislative Session:
Thanks to the leadership of Governor Bush, during this very tight budget year, DOC was fortunate to obtain across the board raises for correctional officers and correctional probation officers of 4.5% effective November 1. All other state employees will receive 2.5% raise (with a guaranteed $600 minimum) effective November 1.
This clearly shows the commitment of the Governor and the Florida Legislature to our officers.
Battery on Correctional Officers - Throwing of Bodily Fluids
Makes it a third degree felony if an inmate tosses, throws, or expels certain bodily fluids or materials on a facility employee. DOC has tried for five years to make this a law and we are pleased that the lawmakers have come to the same conclusion that we have regarding this despicable practice.
Special risk employees receive a one-time cost-of-living increase of 12% on January 1, 2002, for those with creditable service in the Florida Retirement System (FRS). This includes those employees who have retirement service credit after September 30, 1978, and before January 1, 1993, and who retired or entered the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) prior to July 1, 2000. This shall be in addition to the normal cost-of-living increase provided to such members on July 1, 2001.
Replaces an existing outdated interstate compact agreement. It promotes public safety and protects the rights of victims through the control, regulation and monitoring of offenders crossing state lines. Provides for the effective tracking, supervision and rehabilitation of interstate offenders. Provides accountability and enforcement measures to ensure effective and timely compliance with the Compact to solve inter-jurisdictional conflicts.