The Florida department of correction encourages friends and family members of inmates who serve as good roles models to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help the inmate in the rehabilitation process, and eventually with his or her reintegration back into society. Below are some things you should know, and important forms you will need to fill out if you are planning on visiting an inmate incarcerated in a Florida penitentiary.
You must be on the inmate's approved visitation list prior to visiting. One should fill visiting application form and the form is available in English and Spanish. Completed application (DC6-111A) should be mailed to the Classification Department at the inmate's current location. In other words mail the completed inmate visiting application to the mailing address above. Visiting Hours are as follows: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time). Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. CST) on both days. Visitors will not be processed after 2:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. CST) unless authorized by the duty warden. Visitors will be allowed to park in designated spaces no earlier than 7:30 a.m. EST and 6:30 a.m. CST on visiting days.
Instructions for filing a complaint for sexual abuse at the Florida Department of Corrections:
NOTICE: As a Third party you are only allowed to file a grievance alleging sexual abuse on behalf of an inmate. All other issues may only be initiated by the inmate who could be impacted by the subject of the complaint. Third Party grievances must allege some form of sexual abuse/misconduct has occurred.
INSTRUCTIONS: Grievances alleging sexual abuse must be filed to the institution where the inmate is currently housed. Form DC1-303, Request for Administrative Remedy or Appeal, must be completed and sent to the attention of the warden of the facility. Check the box designating Warden at the top of the form. Identifying information on the top of the grievance form must be completed. Check the box designating the grievance as a third party grievance alleging sexual abuse at the top of the form. As the third party that is filing the grievance you must sign and date the form in the appropriate area at the bottom of the form. To obtain the address to the institution that you are mailing the form to please go to the homepage and click on "Institutions" on the top menu bar. From there you will click on Institutional Organization and then choose Region 1, 2 or 3. After selecting the appropriate region, select the institution.
Before the grievance can proceed at the institution, the inmate that you are filing the grievance for must agree to allow the grievance to proceed. If the inmate agrees to allow the grievance to proceed, a copy of the response and disposition will be provided to the inmate in accordance with required time frames. If the inmate refuses to allow the grievance to proceed on their behalf you will be notified of that decision. Please include a preferred way to be contacted to ensure staff can notify you of the outcome of the grievance you filed. Please understand that due to restrictions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) details of the decision shared with you may be limited. If unsatisfied with the response to the grievance only the inmate is allowed to appeal to the Office of the Secretary.
If you have any questions about filing a sexual abuse grievance you may also call the Bureau of Policy Management and Inmate Appeals at (850) 717-3582.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.