View Full Version : Inmates can now be released at 12:01am


ben's girl
05-31-2011, 05:57 PM
This weekend while visiting Ben and I were talking to a guy who is being released next month. He was telling us that he could be released at 12:01am if he chose to be. He was going to talk to his release officer about this since there wasn't any reason for him to be there any longer than that because his family lived relatively close by.

I don't know if this is something that you have to request, but I think it might be so that arrangements can made for the release. I also don't know if every facility is doing this, but I know noone wants there loved there any longer than they have to be.

It's certainly worth mentioning to your loved one when the time comes for him/her to come home.

It does make sense, though, since as long as the inmate is accounted for at the last count for the day DOC is paid for the inmate for the next day. This will save DOC money since they won't have to feed them breakfast and if the inmate is taking the bus those bus tickets in the early morning hours may cost less.

If anyone has experience with this, please let us know.

amickeyfan
05-31-2011, 07:22 PM
I wonder if this will apply at WRC's... I will have to have my son ask.. I am sure he would not want to spend any extra hours/minutes that he doesn't have to there.. I would be there at the stroke of midnight too.. sitting in their parking lot to get him.. :D

spin721
06-02-2011, 04:26 PM
I heard this many times in the six years I did in the FL DOC. And I can tell you without a doubt that this is simply NOT true. Reason #1: Head counts. Reason #2: Officers will not be taking inmates to the bus station at 1:00am. Reason #3: It is a BIG deal when an inmate is released from prison. You have to go through like 10 different check points, talk to a LT. and answer 30 different personal questions. Sign your release papers, get your copies and eventually leave the prison. If you are in prison at 12:01am, the state is getting paid already for your incarceration. I think a lot of people do not understand the release process....they don't just open the gate and say "see ya!".

On the other hand, I hope I am wrong...but the "head count" thing is the biggest deterrent to this whole idea of 12:01am releasing. And believe me...the cost of breakfast has NOTHING to do with it. Rumors. Heard them all, never saw one come true.

ben's girl
06-02-2011, 07:00 PM
I'm just stating what this inmate said he was advised by his release officer. And my statement on why it would save DOC money was purely MY thoughts as to why it made sense to me among other reasons. Things change over the years and obviously with the new administration we are seeing these changes. And I wouldn't expect my loved one to walk out the door at 12:01am, but I think the intent was that the process could start as early as that as opposed to 7:00am or thereabout, which is about the norm I have seen at all of the facilities I have seen people being released from.

Dar99
06-02-2011, 07:44 PM
I just spoke with a release officer today and YES they can be released at 12:01 AM. It does not mean that they will be out at that time but you can show up and they will start the process...

amickeyfan
06-02-2011, 08:40 PM
Well if DOC says yes, you can bet Bridges will say NO...;) I won't even mention it to my son.. I can guarantee that Bridges really won't do it, they don't do anything they are suppose to do, never mind something they have the choice of doing... :rolleyes:

wifeofMichael
06-04-2011, 06:43 PM
they can, but they don't. Trust me I would've been there if they had.

ben's girl
06-04-2011, 07:27 PM
I was telling Ben about some of the responses to this thread last night and he said he's seen 2 guys leave so far from his dorm at this time.

spin721
06-07-2011, 07:46 PM
I was telling Ben about some of the responses to this thread last night and he said he's seen 2 guys leave so far from his dorm at this time.

Look. they woke me up at 1:00am on my release date....fed me breakfast, took me to the main prison where I sat in the "medical" building for the next 6-7 hours. Then at work call, I was allowed to go to the property room, sign a bunch of forms, wait again for another 2 hours before FINALLY being called THROUGH the gate to begin the actual release process. That took another 2 hours. I think I walked out of the prison at about 9:00-10:00am. The "proper" staff is not there at that time of the morning 12am...or whenever to handle releases. It does NOT work that way. Just because someone leaves the dorm at 12:00am, does not mean they leave the prison at 12:01am. I will continue to point out rumors and where people are very incorrect in their information.

ben's girl
06-07-2011, 09:24 PM
Noone has ever said they expect them to walk out the door at 12:01am. No need to lash out at everyone for something that was never stated. Really it's nothing to get upset over. I have no reason to think my husband lies to me. He's been in for a number of years and doesn't make up stuff just because it's what he wants to believe.

Your experience in DOC is valuable, but it doesn't mean that things do not and will not change since you've been released.

Illuminati
06-08-2011, 04:01 AM
What are the questions they ask and why would they ask?

Also, if you get into trouble the day before your release and it's not your 100% date, what can they do?

I'm asking because don't they wait until DR court to take gain time away?

jockeyperry
06-08-2011, 03:54 PM
Yes, I got this information as well from the facility my bf is at. It applies to inmates that have someone available to pick them up. They might not walk out of there at exactly 12:01 am, but it is certain that they can be released within the early morning hours on or after 12:01am. I agree with ben's girl...things are always subject to change.

Lion's Victory
06-08-2011, 09:19 PM
This is really interesting...I'll have mine look into it also

spin721
06-09-2011, 04:17 PM
I apologize if it appears I lashed out at someone. But, I have YET to see anyone post anything on here first hand experience about this 12:01am release thing. Everything that has been written is my: husband/boyfriend/significant other, was told this or heard this or saw this...or I called and was told this is correct. Until it is in WRITING and can be verified by a reputable source, I consider it rumor and therefore, untrue.

Don't get me wrong, I hope it has changed. I hope it shows up somewhere in writing ...and I hope all of your loved ones get the hell out of the FL DOC as quick as possible. That my friends is a FACT. I have a REAL problem with rumors and people getting false hope. I think that finding out something is NOT TRUE sometimes hurts MORE than just not believing it in the first place. That is why I am always so opposed to "rumors" and the whole "I was told.....and I called" scenarios. I was also told a LOT of things when I was inside the walls. 99% of them never happened. Believe me people when I say this, I am on your side. But, I am also not afraid to ruffle a few feathers at the same time, just to prevent more heartache. Please understand that. Otherwise, I would never even post on here. I may not demonstrate the most tact in the world, but I will ALWAYS tell you the truth.

Dar99
06-09-2011, 05:58 PM
I will let you know in 6 days.....

Shaneswife68
06-10-2011, 08:26 AM
Wow! That would be so nice since I live so close to where he is...But, for him, I doubt it will happen because he will have to pick up his extra meds...I know they won't do that in the middle of the night. I hope it happens for others...:)

JudyA68
06-11-2011, 11:43 AM
Spin I just want to say I totally agree with you. False hope hurts worse. Thank you for your insight into things. My husband will not discuss anything that happens on the inside for fear of getting into trouble, so I especially like to hear what you have to say. It is my only insight into things. Once again, Thank you!

TyronesWife
06-14-2011, 11:49 AM
I think when it comes to this rumor it is true, in theory. In other words, yes technically they can be released at 12:01 but the reality is that they won't because of the time consuming release process.

Dar99
06-15-2011, 03:45 PM
well my 6 days are up... I am here to tell you that they do release after 12:01!!! I had called facility prior so they were aware of our plans. i was told that the time would be closer to 1 am due to shift change and midnight count. we arrived around 11:30 and my son was out the gate before 1 am... We are HOME!!!! we have made our necessary stops and although it has been long day he gets to sleep in his own bed and I get to reach out and hug him!

amickeyfan
06-15-2011, 08:18 PM
well my 6 days are up... I am here to tell you that they do release after 12:01!!! I had called facility prior so they were aware of our plans. i was told that the time would be closer to 1 am due to shift change and midnight count. we arrived around 11:30 and my son was out the gate before 1 am... We are HOME!!!! we have made our necessary stops and although it has been long day he gets to sleep in his own bed and I get to reach out and hug him!
:grouphug: hugs from my family to yours ... and it must feel so great to hug him in your own house!! How many days prior did you call? I am going to do that when it is closer to my son's release date, but I really do not think that Bridges will allow it. they do not follow any of DOC's rules.. they set their own..

Lion's Victory
06-17-2011, 12:05 AM
well my 6 days are up... I am here to tell you that they do release after 12:01!!! I had called facility prior so they were aware of our plans. i was told that the time would be closer to 1 am due to shift change and midnight count. we arrived around 11:30 and my son was out the gate before 1 am... We are HOME!!!! we have made our necessary stops and although it has been long day he gets to sleep in his own bed and I get to reach out and hug him!

Wow! Congrats to you and your son!

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ms. pulga
06-30-2011, 11:17 AM
My hubby comes home in 2 months and classification said as long as i make arrangements he will be released at 12:01 midnight to 1am. Yeahhhh!!!! Only if they r being picked up this will be allowed!!

amickeyfan
06-30-2011, 05:46 PM
My hubby comes home in 2 months and classification said as long as i make arrangements he will be released at 12:01 midnight to 1am. Yeahhhh!!!! Only if they r being picked up this will be allowed!!

You called Classifications and asked? If you do not mind me asking, who did you call? I want to call too.. ;) Especially now that I will have to travel in Orlando on 528 & know that road always has traffic on it. At midnight, I think I should be safe :haha: then I can take him back to the hotel to sleep, check out and then head home. I would have already been up here for Labor Day Weekend anyway..

MicrowaveMassacre
07-01-2011, 11:15 AM
I would just like to add my :twocents:. I called my honeys classification and said, "I have an off the wall question I need you to verify that I received from Inmate.com. Is it true that the inmates can be released at midnight on their release date?" Much to my surprise, she said, "Yes, but you have to call two weeks in advance."

I was :eek: too.

ms. pulga
07-06-2011, 12:25 PM
I called to speak with his release officer which is his classification officer.

ben's girl
07-06-2011, 07:21 PM
Some facilities have release officers that are different than the inmate's classification officer. I'm sure his classification officer will let you know if that's the case.

Shaneswife68
08-14-2011, 10:16 PM
WoOo HoOo!!!
I'm calling my loves classification officer tomorrow...Wish me luck!!!:thumbsup:

MicrowaveMassacre
08-14-2011, 11:49 PM
WoOo HoOo!!!
I'm calling my loves classification officer tomorrow...Wish me luck!!!:thumbsup:

Good luck hon! Please let us know what all they ask and what info you have to provide. I always love to have a heads up before calling ANY of the staff from DOC. :)

amickeyfan
08-15-2011, 06:08 PM
My son asked about it where he is, CFRC-E. His CO there told him that they use to do it there but have stopped. They don't have the staff anymore that can do the 12:01 releases. They get released in the morning.. around 9am.. So there is no reason for me to even bother to call, my son already asked on his end. He did say that his CO said that other facilities do the 12:01 releases.. they have the staff to do it.. and when CFRC did have the staff, they did it as well, but no longer do..

lin787
08-17-2011, 09:39 AM
I just heard someone mention getting out at 12:01am. FYI, Holmes releases around 8am. Go to the window and tell them you are there, then go sit in your car, do not approach your inmate until he is almost to the car. Guards do not like that, as there is some danger I suppose. They can also hold up release if they want to.
They still have the power and control until they walk away. I have heard one full turn of the tires, dont know if that is true.

SecondChanceMC
08-17-2011, 09:54 AM
I am not sure about everywhere, but I believe prisons are paid per person for each day. So, leaving at 12:01AM means the prison would be paid for that day and would not have to provide services for the person being released. Doesn't make much of a difference for one person, but over time it adds up.

lin787
08-17-2011, 10:28 AM
You got that right. Its like the care packages, its the same stuff they buy in the canteen(not what shows in the picture at their website) but we get to send them $5.00.

khemiblueyes
08-17-2011, 10:54 AM
I have heard of inmates being released from the RECO center at 12:01am and also had a friend of my husband's leave the Marion CI at that same time. So I guess this way they are getting them out early. I only hope when my husband walks out of the re-entry center it stays at that time too. 150 more days and we are free. :) Time is going by fast now...wish us luck

willysmom
08-19-2011, 09:34 AM
Whatever time your loved one is released and you are picking them up,please stay in your car! I was so thrilled the day my son was being released from prison(the first time) after not seeing him for almost 3 years,I spotted him coming out and ran up to the fence and said "hi son" OMG the guards ran up to me like I was trying to break in! I was quickly told to wait in the car so I ran back but that held up his release for another 45 minuets.I was just so happy and then he was escorted right into the car.Believe me we got out of there ASAP!

Shaneswife68
08-19-2011, 10:43 AM
Ok...Well, I spoke to his classification officer on Monday. He said yes, technically they can be released anywhere from 12:01 am through 11:59 pm...However, it is up to each prison. They take into account how many people are on duty, how they are leaving, etc. The one he is in will only do EARLY morning releases if the inmate has to catch an early morning bus. He said there is not enough staff (I believe it) to do a night release. Also, my loved one has medication he needs to get before he is release. He can't do that until 5 am. So, I will be at the prison to pick him up at 7:30.
So, don't get discouraged! It doesn't hurt to ask. :)

Shaneswife68
08-19-2011, 10:46 AM
OH...I forgot...He is in Zephyrhills...Every prison is different though...:thumbsup:

amickeyfan
08-19-2011, 04:40 PM
:idea: Maybe we should start some sort of list on which ones do it and which ones don't????? :idea:

ben's girl
08-19-2011, 08:31 PM
It's always going to be subject to change at any time so I would suggest that anyone interested in doing this ALWAYS CALL no matter what is posted here. ;)

As far as staying in your car, at Gulf the visitors are allowed to sit under the awning and wait for the inmate that is being released. They just can't wait up around the control room. This is going to be subject to individual prison rules too.

Shaneswife68
08-19-2011, 09:52 PM
It's always going to be subject to change at any time so I would suggest that anyone interested in doing this ALWAYS CALL no matter what is posted here. ;)

As far as staying in your car, at Gulf the visitors are allowed to sit under the awning and wait for the inmate that is being released. They just can't wait up around the control room. This is going to be subject to individual prison rules too.
Same at Z-Hills

amickeyfan
08-19-2011, 10:49 PM
It's always going to be subject to change at any time so I would suggest that anyone interested in doing this ALWAYS CALL no matter what is posted here. ;)

As far as staying in your car, at Gulf the visitors are allowed to sit under the awning and wait for the inmate that is being released. They just can't wait up around the control room. This is going to be subject to individual prison rules too.

I guess you are right... CFRC said they did at one time, now they don't.. and that doesn't mean they never will again... ;) Oh the love of never knowing with DOC :) It is one of life's mystery's....:lol:

Sasha555
01-08-2012, 09:38 AM
If they say he is to be released on the 10th, does that mean I have to be there at 11:30 pm on the 9th so he can be let out at 12:01 am on the 10th?

ben's girl
01-08-2012, 09:53 AM
You will probably have to notify the facility that this is your intention and make sure they do releases at that time. As you can see from this thread, there are some facilities that do this and some that do not.

MissKd
03-26-2012, 12:47 PM
Soooo has anyone had a loved one released at 12:01 from Avon Park? Im going to call the prison itself just curious because the hubs said they DO release at 12:01 but I hate getting my hopes up and then being dissapointed ya know?

BAYBAYWIFE
03-26-2012, 05:18 PM
Yes mu husband told me that also, and I called his Classification Officer to confirm it. She advised me when his time does comes within his last 30 days to notify her and she would do everything she's suppose to do and notify everyone of his departure, but she told me the only way they do that is if they have someone to come pick them up. If your LO needs transportation they do not release at 12:01