Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1004 By Senator Brandes 24-00868B-18 20181004__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to persons authorized to visit state 3 juvenile facilities; creating s. 985.6885, F.S.; 4 authorizing specified persons to visit, during certain 5 hours, all state facilities housing juveniles which 6 are operated or overseen by the Department of Juvenile 7 Justice; authorizing such persons to visit the state 8 juvenile facilities outside of certain hours according 9 to department rules; prohibiting other persons from 10 visiting such facilities except according to 11 department rules; prohibiting the department from 12 unreasonably withholding permission for visits to such 13 facilities by certain persons; providing an effective 14 date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 985.6885, Florida Statutes, is created 19 to read: 20 985.6885 Persons authorized to visit state juvenile 21 facilities.— 22 (1) The following persons may visit at their pleasure 23 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. all state facilities 24 housing juveniles which are operated or overseen by the 25 department: 26 (a) The Governor. 27 (b) A Cabinet member. 28 (c) A member of the Legislature. 29 (d) A judge of a state court. 30 (e) A state attorney. 31 (f) A public defender. 32 (g) An authorized representative of the Florida Commission 33 on Offender Review. 34 (h) A person authorized by the secretary of the department. 35 (2) A person specified in subsection (1) may visit a 36 facility subject to this section before 6 a.m. or after 11 p.m. 37 under rules that the department may prescribe. 38 (3) A person not otherwise authorized by law may not visit 39 a facility subject to this section except under rules that the 40 department may prescribe. 41 (4) The department may not unreasonably withhold permission 42 to visit a facility subject to this section from a person who 43 gives sufficient evidence that he or she is a bona fide reporter 44 or writer. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.