Flarida cracks down after 2 murderers released from prison


Category: North America

Published on Saturday, 19 October 2013 10:27

Written by Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY

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In a letter dated Friday and addressed to Florida’s Circuit Court judges, Michael Crews, secretary of the state Department of Corrections, writes that effective Friday, the department would require verification of any order from a sentencing judge that results in early release of an inmate.


The inmate will not be released until verification is received, Crews writes. “In light of the potential for fraudulent use of court papers, we believe that the additional step of providing verification of sentence modification court orders is an important safeguard in ensuring the integrity of the judicial process,” the letter continues.


The letter follows revelations that came earlier Friday that the convicted murderers, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, checked in as required by Florida law with a jail after they gained their freedom from the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle, Fla.


On separate days, the men reported to the booking lobby of the Orange County Jail in Orlando, where they were photographed and fingerprinted for a state database, and where they filled out registration forms, jail spokesman Allen Moore says. During this process, an Orange County sheriff’s deputy typically …

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