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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Staff Development and Training

GOAL FOUR

Prepare all institutional and community corrections staff
to understand and appropriately address female
gender-specific topics and issues.

Objectives:
4.1 By October 31, 1999, design and develop a training course entitled "Working with the Female Offender" for staff working with female offenders. The course curriculum will include, but not be limited to:
  1. Gender and cultural diversity;
  2. Stereotyping;
  3. Communication;
  4. Dependency;
  5. Abuse impact;
  6. Effects of the incarceration experience;
  7. Coping behaviors of female offenders;
  8. Professional interaction strategies;
  9. Modesty;
  10. Privacy; and
  11. Significance of the extended family.
Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Staff Development and Training
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
4.2 By January 14, 2000, submit the curriculum identified in Objective 4.1 of this document to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for approval as a specialized course (by the end of FY 2000-01) to be taught at certified training centers. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Staff Development and Training
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit to obtain approval for payment through the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Funds
  • Additional Funding: -0-
4.3 By June 29, 2001, improve the level of awareness and understanding among correctional professionals as they relate to female-gender specific topics and issues. This will be measured by the successful completion of the "Working with the Female Offender" training curriculum and by the administration and analysis of a pre- and post-training survey tool.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Staff Development and Training
  • Support Units: Wardens of Female Offender Institutions & Majors of Work Release and Probation and Restitution Centers
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
  • Additional Funding: TBD by training delivery system
4.4 By July 1, 1999, design a four (4) hour orientation block entitled "Working with the Female Offender" to be delivered by institutional training staff for all newly hired employees assigned to female facilities prior to permanent job assignments. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Staff Development and Training
  • Support Unit: Wardens of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Existing institutional training resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
4.5 Starting September 8, 1999, and every other year thereafter, conduct a state-wide "Female Offender Focused Symposium" which will provide knowledge for individuals working with female offenders to develop and strengthen professional skills. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Other Identified Committee Members
  • Support Unit: Wardens of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit, existing resources, and statewide per diem costs and travel for 140 individuals

GOAL FIVE

Ensure broad public access to the
Department of Corrections' information specific
to female offenders issues and related topics.

Objectives:
5.1 By December 1, 1999 and annually thereafter, update the Status Report for Female Offenders. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & the OIT
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources
5.2 By March 31, 2000, using the updated Status Report for Female Offenders, develop a specific female offender report that will be placed on the DC web site. The page will maintain current information on female offenders issues, programs, applied research, transition information, etc. This site will have links to related information and will also serve as a transition and information link for released offenders by connecting them to information and resources that can assist them as they reintegrate back into their communities. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & the Office of Information & Technology
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and existing resources