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Press Release
May 9, 2018
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FDC Announces Update to Correctional Institutions Visitation Rule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections today announced an update regarding visitation at Florida’s correctional institutions. A notice of change to F.A.C. rule 33-601.722, regarding visitation was posted on the Florida Administrative Register.

Following the rule hearing on April 3, the Department evaluated all public testimony and posted today, the new draft version of the rule for public review. A second public hearing is scheduled for May 31, 2018.

There will be no changes to the normal weekend visitation schedule, unless specifically posted on the website, until after the rule making process is complete.

The current weekend visitation schedule remains in effect at institutions statewide.

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Visitation Rulemaking Process – Next Steps – UPDATED

Rulemaking is governed by the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes.

  1. The Notice of Change with the new rule language has been published in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR). It is available at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?ID=33-601.722.
  2. A Notice of Public Meeting, is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. has been published in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR). It is available at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?ID=33-601.722
  3. Any material pertinent to the issues under consideration must be submitted to the agency no later than the close (adjournment) of the public hearing on May 31, 2018. Any material received after the adjournment of the public hearing will be untimely and not included as part of the rulemaking record. Pertinent material may be submitted via U.S. Postal Service or E-mail as follows:

    For U.S. Postal Service:

    Florida Department of Corrections
    Attn: Gregory Hill, Assistant General Counsel
    501 S. Calhoun Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500

    For E-Mail: gregory.hill@fdc.myflorida.com

  4. Upon the conclusion of the public meeting, the rulemaking record which includes the transcript of the proceedings and pertinent materials that were submitted, in accordance with section 120.54(3)(c), Florida Statutes, to the agency will be compiled and reviewed by the Department.
  5. If additional changes are deemed necessary by the Department, a second Notice of Change would be published in the Florida Administrative Register. If no additional changes are needed, the rule would advance to the next step in the process—adoption.
  6. If the rule is finalized, it will be processed for adoption with the final version submitted to the Department of State. The rule will become effective 20 days after the date it is submitted to the Department of State. The adopted version will be published in the Florida Administrative Register.

FAQ

Q: When will the new visitation schedule begin?
A: The dates and information regarding any change will be posted on the Department’s website. The current weekend visitation schedule remains in effect at institutions statewide.

Q: What are the hours for visitation?
A: The hours of visitation remain unchanged: 9am-3pm EST (8am-2pm CST)

Q: I heard visitation is getting cut to two (2) hours once a week. Is this true?
A: No. The hours of visitation will remain 9am-3pm EST (8am-2pm CST) unless otherwise noted on the Department website.

Q: If my loved one is at an institution with the proposed modified visitation, and I cannot visit on his/her assigned weekend, what are my options?
A: Requests for special visits will be considered on a case by case basis by the Warden. If your schedule would consistently affect your visitation weekend, you should address this with the Warden at the facility your visits take place.

Q: If my loved one is at an institution with the proposed modified visitation, and I am traveling from out of state, can I visit my loved on the weekend I am in town?
A: Requests for special visits will be considered on a case by case basis by the Warden.

Q: Will the new schedule begin with odd or even numbers?
A: The current weekend visitation schedule remains in effect at institutions statewide. Any change to the current visitation schedule will be posted in advance on our website.

Q: Will visitation be the full weekend?
A: Weekend visitation will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. EST (8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. CST).

Q: What should I do if I go to visitation prior to the rule change and they refuse my visit due to the new visitation schedule?
A: You should ask to speak to the officer in charge (OIC) at the visiting park. If you are unable to resolve the issue, you may ask to speak to weekend duty warden.

Q: Will video visitation eventually replace regular weekend visitation?
A: No. Video visitation will be offered in addition to weekend visitation.

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