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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Office of the Secretary
Office of Institutions

James Upchurch, Assistant Secretary of Institutions
James Upchurch
Assistant Secretary
for Institutions

For more information please see his biography.


Ricky Dixon, Deputy Secretary of Institutions
Ricky Dixon
Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Institutions

For more information please see his biography.

The Office of Institutions is responsible for the supervision of all three institutional regions and operational management of all correctional facilities; auditing security at facilities; maintaining accreditation standards; special operations (CERT, Rapid Response Teams, Crisis Negotiation Teams); membership on the State Emergency Response Team (SERT); tracking incident reports; maintaining records on all inmates incarcerated; assisting law enforcement in their investigations; monitoring and interpreting court orders; establishing security standards for all facilities; maintaining the inmate transportation system; conducting training programs on security issues, classification, records, sentence structure, and court orders as well as other related areas; and establishing policy and direction for all classification and records functions from reception to release.

Office of Institutions Organization Chart Assistant Secretary for Institutions James Upchurch Deputy Assistant Secretary Ricky Dixon Region 1 Director Samuel (Sam) Culpepper Region 2 Director Eric Lane Region 3 Director Randy Tifft Deputy Assistant Secretary of Re-Entry, Kim 'Chris' Southerland Classification Management Director Rusty McLaughlin Admissions and Release Director Lee Adams Facility Services Director Steve Grizzard Security Operations Carl (Wes) Kirkland

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