§ 944.01 Short title
§ 944.012 Legislative intent
§ 944.02 Definitions
§ 944.023 Comprehensive correctional master plan
§ 944.0231 Reduction of capacity
§ 944.024 Adult intake and evaluation
§ 944.026 Community-based facilities and programs
§ 944.033 Community correctional centers; existence; location; purpose; restriction
§ 944.053 Forestry Work Camps
§ 944.0611 Department employees; personal vehicle damage claims
§ 944.08 Commitment to custody of department; venue of institutions
§ 944.09 Rules of the department; offenders, probationers, and parolees
§ 944.091 United States prisoners, board authorized
§ 944.095 Siting of additional correctional facilities; procedure
§ 944.096 Budget requests for residential facility construction; estimates; appropriations; population in excess of capacity
§ 944.10 Department of Corrections to provide buildings; sale and purchase of land; contracts to provide services and inmate labor
§ 944.105 Contractual arrangements with private entities for operation and maintenance of correctional facilities and supervision of inmates
§ 944.11 Department to regulate admission of books
§ 944.115 Smoking prohibited inside state correctional facilities
§ 944.14 Supervision of correctional institutions; enforcement of orders and regulations
§ 944.151 Safe operation and security of correctional institutions and facilities
§ 944.17 Commitments and classification; transfers
§ 944.171 Housing of inmates
§ 944.1905 Initial inmate classification; inmate reclassification
§ 944.23 Persons authorized to visit state prisons
§ 944.24 Administration of correctional institutions for women
§ 944.241 Incarcerated pregnant women
§ 944.242 Dignity for women in correctional facilities
§ 944.275 Gain-time
§ 944.278 Cancellation of administrative gain-time and provisional credits
§ 944.279 Disciplinary procedures applicable to prisoner for filing frivolous or malicious actions or bringing false information before court
§ 944.28 Forfeiture of gain-time and the right to earn gain-time in the future
§ 944.281 Ineligibility to earn gain-time due to disciplinary action
§ 944.282 Rules governing inmate use of weight training equipment
§ 944.291 Prisoner released by reason of gain-time allowances or attainment of provisional release date
§ 944.292 Suspension of civil rights
§ 944.31 Inspector general; inspectors; power and duties
§ 944.32 Reports of prison inspectors; recordation; inspection
§ 944.33 Failure of inspector to make report; false report; penalty
§ 944.331 Inmate grievance procedure
§ 944.35 Authorized use of force; malicious battery and sexual misconduct prohibited; reporting required; penalties
§ 944.36 Permitting inmates to escape
§ 944.37 Acceptance of unauthorized compensation; penalty
§ 944.38 Acceptance of remuneration from contractor; dealing or barter with prisoners; interest in contract; penalty
§ 944.39 Interference with prisoners; penalty
§ 944.40 Escapes; penalty
§ 944.402 Reward for capture of escapee from correctional institution
§ 944.405 Warrant for retaking offender who has escaped from custody or absconded from rehabilitative community reentry program, or who is ineligible for release
§ 944.44 Holding persons as hostages; penalty
§ 944.45 Mutiny, riot, strike; penalty
§ 944.46 Harboring, concealing, aiding escaped prisoners; penalty
§ 944.47 Introduction, removal, or possession of contraband; penalty
§ 944.471 Short title
§ 944.472 Drug-free corrections; legislative findings and purposes
§ 944.473 Inmate substance abuse testing program
§ 944.4731 Addiction-Recovery Supervision Program
§ 944.474 Legislative intent; employee wellness program; drug and alcohol testing
§ 944.48 Service of sentence
§ 944.485 Subsistence fees with respect to certain prisoners; time of adoption; requirements
§ 944.512 State lien on proceeds from literary or other type of account of crime for which convicted
§ 944.516 Money or other property received for personal use or benefit of inmate; deposit; disposition of unclaimed trust funds
§ 944.52 Legal adviser
§ 944.596 Transfer of convicted foreign citizens or nationals under treaty
§ 944.597 Transportation and return of prisoners by private transport company
§ 944.602 Agency notification before release of intellectually disabled inmates
§ 944.605 Inmate release; notification; identification card
§ 944.606 Sexual offenders; notification upon release
§ 944.607 Notification to Department of Law Enforcement of information on sexual offenders
§ 944.608 Notification to Department of Law Enforcement of information on career offenders
§ 944.609 Career offenders; notification upon release
§ 944.611 Legislative intent
§ 944.612 Definitions for s. 944.613
§ 944.613 Methods of transportation
§ 944.70 Conditions for release from incarceration
§ 944.701 Short title
§ 944.702 Legislative intent
§ 944.703 Eligible inmates
§ 944.7031 Eligible inmates released from private correctional facilities
§ 944.704 Staff who provide transition assistance; duties
§ 944.705 Release orientation program
§ 944.706 Basic release assistance
§ 944.7065 Transition course for inmates
§ 944.707 Postrelease special services; job placement services
§ 944.708 Rules
§ 944.710 Definitions of terms relating to private operation of state correctional facilities and s. 944.105
§ 944.711 Requests for proposals
§ 944.712 Bidder and private vendor qualifications
§ 944.713 Insurance against liability
§ 944.714 Quality assurance and standards of operation
§ 944.715 Delegation of authority
§ 944.716 Contract termination and control of a correctional facility by the department
§ 944.717 Conflicts of interest
§ 944.718 Withdrawal of request for proposals
§ 944.719 Adoption of rules, monitoring, and reporting
§ 944.72 Privately Operated Institutions Inmate Welfare Trust Fund
§ 944.73 State-Operated Institutions Inmate Welfare Trust Fund
§ 944.801 Education for state prisoners
§ 944.802 Direct-support organization; definition; use of property; board of directors; audit
§ 944.803 Faith- and character-based programs
§ 944.8031 Inmate’s family visitation; legislative intent; minimum services provided to visitors; budget requests.
§ 944.804 Elderly offenders correctional facilities program of 2000
§ 944.8041 Elderly offenders; annual review

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 944 - State Correctional System

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Chief judge: The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court but also decides cases; chief judges are determined by seniority.
  • Commission: means the Florida Commission on Offender Review. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Correctional system: means all prisons and other state correctional institutions now existing or hereafter created under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Corrections. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Escheat: Reversion of real or personal property to the state when 1) a person dies without leaving a will and has no heirs, or 2) when the property (such as a bank account) has been inactive for a certain period of time. Source: OCC
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Extradition: The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Joint resolution: A legislative measure which requires the approval of both chambers.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lease-purchase agreement: means an installment sales contract which requires regular payments with an interest charge included and which provides that the lessee receive title to the property upon final payment. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Office of Economic and Demographic Research: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Prisoner: means any person who is under civil or criminal arrest and in the lawful custody of any law enforcement official, or any person committed to or detained in any municipal or county jail or state prison, prison farm, or penitentiary, or to the custody of the department pursuant to lawful authority. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Secretary: means the Secretary of Corrections. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • State correctional institution: means any prison, road camp, prison industry, prison forestry camp, or any prison camp or prison farm or other correctional facility, temporary or permanent, in which prisoners are housed, worked, or maintained, under the custody and jurisdiction of the department. See Florida Statutes 944.02
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • veteran: means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01