The Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence (formerly the
Bureau of County and Municipal Detention Facilities) was reorganized
within the Office of the Inspector General in 1993. The Bureau
is responsible for administering three distinct programs to
include: local facility inspections, contraband interdiction
and the security threat group program. Local Facility Inspections
The Department of Corrections serves as the regulatory authority for county and municipal detention facilities. Pursuant to Section 951.23, F.S. the department is required to promulgate the rules establishing minimum standards for the operation of local detention facilities. Additionally, Section 944.31, F.S. directs the Office of the Inspector General to inspect local detention facilities to insure compliance with minimum standards as outlined in Chapter 33-8, Florida Administrative Code. In addition to developing minimum standards and inspecting local facilities for compliance the Inspector Generals Office through the Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence, performs additional functions related to local facilities to include:
During fiscal year 1994-95 the Bureau performed the following:
It is noteworthy that data obtained from the Sheriffs Self-Insurance carrier indicates that inmate lawsuits have not increased substantially and, in some areas, have dropped significantly despite an escalating inmate population. We believe that the Office of the Inspector General has played a role in this phenomenon through stringent enforcement of minimum standards.Contraband Interdiction
The Contraband Interdiction Unit was established within the Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence in 1993. The unit was established to provide a safer environment for employees, inmates and visitors by discouraging the introduction of contraband into state correctional facilities.
The unit conducts unannounced interdiction operations at Department of Corrections facilities in cooperation with Florida Highway Patrol Canine Teams. During these operations employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on department grounds are searched for contraband. In addition to a physical search, employees, visitors and inmates are subject to inspection by a chemical detection system called IONSCAN. This system detects the presence of illegal drugs on persons and objects. During these operations, contraband control procedures utilized by facility management are reviewed for compliance.
Accomplishments during fiscal year 1994-95 included 17 interdiction operations with the following results:
|Ionscan Searches Performed:
|*(includes 1 resignation, 1 termination)
In addition to arrests and seizures, it is anticipated the program will have a deterent effect that can be supported by reduced incidents involving contraband. Together, with the help of the Florida Highway Patrol, we have sent a clear message to staff, visitors, and inmates that we are serious about reducing the flow of contraband into our facilities. It is because of such efforts that the Department of Corrections and the Florida Highway Patrol have become a success story of two state agencies working together toward a common goal public safety.Security Threat Group Management Program
In 1992 the Security Threat Group Management Program was developed in an effort to assist in maintaining safe, secure, and orderly operations for staff visitors and inmates/offenders throughout the department by identifying, validating, and certifying gangs/security threat groups (STGs) and their members and monitoring their activities. In 1993 the program was reorganized under the Office of the Inspector General.
During fiscal year 1994-95 the unit continued to gather intelligence on security threat groups and their members. Accomplishments and activities include:
In addition to reviewing specific inmate STG affiliation information, reports that provide the following information can be produced for the State, Circuit/County of Prosecution, Region and Facility:
As a result of the Security Threat Group Program a wealth of intelligence information will be accessible by correctional staff to assist them in managing the disruptive behavior caused by these groups. In addition, the information provided to other law enforcement agencies will contribute to public safety.