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Definitions for Terms Used

Below is an alphabetical listing of terms used throughout the Prison Facility Profiles area of our website. If you need clarification on a term used that is not listed, please e-mail us.

Adult Facility
Any facility designated to house offenders other than those committed or classified under the Youthful Offender Act.

Cell Housing Units
Secure, self-contained cellblock units where each cell includes a lavatory. Houses one or two offenders per cell.

Community Work Squads
Offender squads working in the community who are supervised by state or local agency staff. They provide various services for the agencies such as working in warehouses, maintenance shops, etc.

Custody Levels
Determined by a scoring system and professional assessment that reflects the degree of supervision appropriate for an offender. Factors for consideration include, but are not limited to severity of offense, length of sentence, characteristics of sentence, criminal history, age and behavior. The five custody levels of an offender are:
  1. Community: Community custody refers to that class of inmates who are eligible for placement at a community residential facility.
  2. Minimum: Minimum custody refers to that class of inmates who are eligible for outside work assignments but not for placement at a community residential facility.
  3. Medium: Medium custody refers to that class of inmates who are eligible for placement at a work camp with a secure perimeter but who are not eligible for placement in an outside work assignment without armed supervision.
  4. Close: Close custody refers to that class of inmates who must be maintained within an armed perimeter or under direct, armed supervision when outside of a secure perimeter.
  5. Maximum: Maximum custody refers to that class of inmates who are under a sentence of death.

Hearing Impaired Capabilities
This indicates if an institution has the capability and facilities to house offenders with a hearing impairment.

Institution/Facility Level
Each facility and institution is assigned a facility level based on perimeter security standards, internal housing configuration, security grouping for each level and custody criteria. Facilities range from minimum level such as community work release centers to secure level institutions housing offenders sentenced to death.

Law Library
Functions to provide each offender access to legal materials for the preparation of legal documents. There are two types:
  • Major collection - A Florida and Federal law collection that contains the United States and Florida constitutions, laws, rules, court decisions, and finding aids that inmates need to challenge convictions, sentences, and prison conditions in the state and federal courts
  • Minor collection - A Florida law collection that contains the constitution, and laws, rules, court decisions, and finding aids that inmates need to challenge convictions, sentences, and prison conditions in the state courts. They also contain finding aids that enable prisoners to identify and borrow federal court decisions from major collections.

Medical Grades
Reflects the level of treatment capable of being managed by the facility. An offender's grade is determined by a health assessment which places an offender from grade 1, requiring the least level of medical treatment, to 5, requiring the highest level of treatment. A designation of 9 is also used to indicate that the facility can accommodate pregnant inmates.

Open Bay Housing Units
Dormitory style housing units.

PRIDE - (Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises)
A not-for-profit corporation authorized by the Florida Legislature to operate industries programs within institutions.

Psychological Grades
Reflects the level of treatment capable of being managed by the facility. An offender's grade is determined by a health assessment which places an offender from grade 1, requiring the least level of psychological treatment, to 5, requiring the highest level of treatment.

Public Work Squads
Offender squads working for state and local government in the community supervised by Department of Corrections staff. They provide various services such as cleaning public park areas and picking up trash along side of roadways.

Room Housing Units
Non-secure rooms without a lavatory. Houses from one up to several offenders per room.

Wheelchair Capabilities
This indicates if an institution has the capability and facilities to house wheelchair bound offenders.

Youthful Offender
An offender between 14 and 24 years of age serving their first felony commitment who is sentenced as such by the court or classified as a youthful offender by the Department (Defined in Chapter 958.03(5), 958.04 and 958.11, F.S.).

Other frequently asked questions
and general information.