Statement Regarding the Death of Christal Anderson
Please see the following statement regarding the death of Christal Anderson:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Christal Anderson who, this morning, was identified as the victim of an apparent homicide. Anderson had been on a Department approved furlough from her work release assignment at the Suncoast Community Release Center. With approximately five months remaining on her sentence, Anderson’s furlough was approved to assist in the re-entry process and help her gradually reintegrate back into the community. On March 27, 2016, after receiving a cut-bracelet alert from Anderson’s GPS monitor, FDC notified the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, per standard procedure, who immediately initiated an investigation. FDC is proactively working with the St. Petersburg Police Department, who is the lead investigative authority, to provide assistance. Please contact the St. Petersburg Police Department with any questions regarding this investigation.”
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.