Florida is hoping to use its inmate population to help solve crimes by setting up an anonymous tipline for prisoners. On July 1st, this new tipline will be available for the prisoner population of Florida. Prisoners can call the tipline to give information about unsolved crimes and recieve a reward.
"There is a wealth of information here and we've created a mechanism to capture it," said Ken Tucker, Secretary of the Department of Corrections. "We owe it to the public and the victims to collaborate."
CrimeWatch and the Florida Department of Corrections have teamed up to create this anonymous tipline. All new incoming prisoners will be required to watch a video on the tipline. This program has been a huge success in Texas, so Florida is hoping for the same results.
Probation officers will also be giving the tipline number to the people they supervise. Citizens can also call the tipline at 1-888-951-2411.
The anonymous tipline already in place in Florida, the Crimeline, has helped Florida solve many crimes, including the burning deaths of some students from Winter High School.