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October 18, 2013
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Tallahassee, Fla. -- Today Florida Department of Corrections took immediate steps to increase public safety and protect Florida families after fraudulent documents were used. Secretary Michael Crews issued a letter to Florida’s Circuit Court Judges outlining additional verification requirements from the sentencing judge for any modified order that would result in the early release of an inmate from Department custody.
See letter below:
October 18, 2013
Dear Chief Judge:
As a result of the recent events involving the use of fraudulent court documents by Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates and others, DOC is taking immediate steps in the interest of public safety. Effective Friday October 18, the Department will require verification of any Order by the sentencing judge that results in the early release of an inmate from Department custody.
Upon receipt of any Order that appears to modify a sentence, the Department’s Bureau of Admissions and Release will provide a copy of the Order along with a form for the sentencing judge’s independent verification of the Order. The Department will not release the inmate or take any other action in regards to the Order until this verification is received.
In light of the potential for fraudulent use of court papers, we believe that the additional step of providing verification of sentence modification court orders is an important safeguard in ensuring the integrity of judicial process. The Department of Corrections deeply appreciates our partnership with the judiciary and shares your commitment to the safety of Florida families. We look forward to working with you on these additional safeguards.
Michael D. Crews
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.