Public Records Request
FDC processes public records requests in accordance with Ch. 119 and s. 945.10, F.S. This includes the provision of cost estimates for production of records. The majority of the Department's public records must be reviewed for confidential and/or exempt information which will be redacted and produced with the applicable statutory exemptions. The preparation of records includes the review and redacting which occurs subsequent to receipt of payment. Generally, cost estimates can be minimized by greater specificity of the request. You may wish to visit the Offender Search to locate information needed to process your request. Inmate location, status and identifying information can be found here.
Public records law does not require that an agency create records, give out information from their records, answer questions about their records, perform gratuitous research, reclassify their records into the manner requested, or produce records in a format other than that in which they are maintained.
For purposes of the notice requirements of sections 119.07(1)(b) and 119.12(1)(b), Florida Statutes, the contact information for the department’s custodian of public records is:
Custodian of Public Records
Attention: Jamie Scarbrough
Department of Corrections
501 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Active Inmate Records
Requests for Active Inmate Records may be submitted to the institution currently housing the inmate. Please find a list of Institutions here: Institutions
For all other records requests, please click here
Requests for Medical Records
Pursuant to Ch. 33-401.701(10), F.A.C., requests for medical records of a current or former inmate must be specific, in writing, and accompanied by a properly executed Department of Corrections Release (form DC4-711B, DC4-711B-Spanish), or legally approved HIPAA compliant release form of another governmental agency. In addition to an inmate's medical chart, their protected health information can appear within other records. Without the submittal of a properly executed DC4-711B any such information will be redacted from the requested record(s).
Pursuant to Section 1002.22 and 1002.221, Florida Statutes, requests for educational records of a current or former inmate, including personally identifiable records or reports of a student and any personal information contained therein are confidential and/exempt from Public Records. Requests for Education Records must be accompanied by a properly executed Department of Corrections Consent and Authorization for Use and Disclosure, Inspection and Release of Confidential Education Information, Form DC5-165.
Please be aware that subpoenas directed to the Department of Corrections and staff should not be submitted as a Public Records Request at the link above and instead should be served on the Department or staff pursuant to Florida Statute and the Florida and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.