FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2020
Contact: FDC Communications
FDC Extends Visitation Suspension at Correctional Institutions Statewide
Additional extension necessary to protect inmates and staff from exposure to COVID-19
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following the State of Emergency issued in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has extended suspension of visitation at all correctional institutions statewide.
The visitation suspension will be in effect through June 7, 2020. The decision to reinstate the normal visitation schedule will be evaluated in consultation with public health experts.
Inmates will continue to have access to their loved ones through mail, phone calls and video visitation. Legal visits will not be impacted, although attorneys are encouraged to consult with their clients via phone, email or mail during this time.
FDC partners have provided complimentary communications credits to inmates and loved ones to provide avenues for communication during the visitation suspension. See press release.
For more information on the steps FDC is taking to prepare for COVID-19, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.