Q. Was your office involved in the incident where those two inmates used forged documents to secure their release from the Franklin Correctional Institute?
A. No, my office had no involvement. This occurred in an office outside of Franklin County and didn’t involve my office at all. While Franklin Correctional Institute, where the inmates were released, is located in Franklin County, the fraudulent documents were submitted to the Orange County Clerk’s Office, not the Franklin County Clerk’s Office.
I don’t know what happened in that individual clerk’s office and speculating would be inappropriate. For informational purposes, prison paperwork is generated from the county in which a criminal is convicted, and in this particular case, those inmates were not convicted in Franklin County.
Although I believe my policies are intact, criminal minds can create havoc, and I am evaluating my office’s individual processes to ensure that this never happens here.
If you have any questions or comments about this column, please forward them to: Marcia Johnson, Clerk of the Court, 33 Market Street, Ste. 203, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Clerk’s website at www.franklinclerk.com.