For Immediate Release
April 29, 2002
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
TALLAHASSEE - Today, retired Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ralph Steinberg sentenced Darryl Strawberry to a state prison term of 18 months for a violation of his court ordered probation. Strawberry will be transported by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando, where he will go through an orientation and classification process that may last up to four weeks. During his time at the reception center, he will undergo a series of medical and mental evaluations. News media interviews while at the reception center are not permitted.
When his orientation and classification process is complete, the department will determine which facility best suits his individual needs and he will be assigned accordingly. Strawberry may have one interview per month and they will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. For news media representatives wishing to interview Strawberry once he is at his assigned prison, you must first make contact with him through a letter sent via US Postal Mail. Please include his Department of Corrections Identification number on the envelope. It can be found on our website, www.dc.state.fl.us, under the Inmate Population Information Search link at the bottom of the home page. Overnight envelopes, hand carried letters, and phone calls are strictly prohibited. If Strawberry agrees to your interview, he must respond to you in writing agreeing to such. At that time, you will need to call the Public Affairs Office at 850-488-0420 and fax both letters to us. We will arrange a time for the interview at the prison.
Broadcast media representatives may have three individuals present at the interview; a reporter, a camera operator, and a sound technician. Print reporters may have two individuals present at the interview; a reporter and photographer. Print reporters may bring a writing pad, tape recorder, and extra pens/pencils to the interview. All equipment will be searched prior to entering the prison.
If you have any questions regarding the interview guidelines or process, please call the Public Affairs Office.