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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Detainers

  1. What is a detainer?
    1. A detainer is a request filed by a criminal justice agency, usually on the basis of pending charges in the other jurisdiction, asking the Department either to hold the prisoner for the agency or to notify the agency when release of the prisoner is imminent.

    2. These pending charge(s) are usually from Florida counties and/or out-of-state law enforcement agencies.

    3. A detainer may also be placed against an inmate who has had concurrent or consecutive sentences imposed in other jurisdictions.

  2. Charges were dropped, why is the detainer still there?
    1. The charging agency has not officially notified the department of the removal of the detainer, or the cancellation is being processed.

    2. Please allow us two work weeks to receive and process the cancellation and post it to our computer database.

If you need more information on Detainers, then e-mail us at: dc.release@mail.dc.state.fl.us.

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