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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence

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 General’s Office through the Bureau of Inspections and Intelligence, performs additional functions related to local facilities to include:

  • Conducting investigations when serious incidents occur or there are alleged violations of the rules (discontinued this function in August, 1995 due to Legislative action).
  • Review and approve all plans for new construction and renovation of jails to insure compliance with minimum standards.
  • Provide technical assistance to local jail authorities to facilitate compliance and reduce federal and state litigation.
  • Maintain a comprehensive listing of all jail construction plans submitted for approval subsequent to January 1, 1990. This list must include:
    1. Total construction cost;
    2. Per bed cost;
    3. Inmate capacity;
    4. Required staffing;
    5. Basic description of the design; and
    6. Contact person.

During fiscal year 1994-95 the Bureau performed the following:

  • 521 Local facility inspections;
  • 591 investigations;
  • Reviewed 77 major construction projects and certified 2,644 beds for occupancy.

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:

12 ounces
4 ounces
70 grams
15 grams
Crack Cocaine
2.6 grams
Commercial Sharps
Homemade Sharps
Blunt Instruments
280 rounds
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:

  • Provided all facilities and Probation and Parole offices with the Gang/Security Threat Group Manual.
  • Conducted training in all five regions in STG identification and assessment. Information was provided that would allow the facilities training staff to develop lesson plans at their local facilities/offices. Staff trained was as follows:
  • Training was also provided to the following groups/organizations:
    • Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency
    • Region I Correctional Officer Chiefs
    • Statewide Correctional Officer Chiefs
    • Tennessee Correctional Association
    • South Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in its Statewide Gang assessment.
  • A security threat group intelligence program was developed in conjunction with the Bureau of Management Information Services. Information relating to an inmate’s STG affiliation will be available through the offender-based information system, via the “Security Threat Affiliation Screen” (OT24).

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:

  • List of all security threat group inmates;
  • List by specific security threat group;
  • List by Chicago based alliance (Folk/People);
  • List by nickname/moniker;
  • List by ideology;
  • List of STG inmates by a selected number of days prior to release.
    • The department maintained membership with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in an effort to continue information sharing with agencies outside jurisdictional boundaries.
    • The department became affiliated with the Florida Gang Investigator’s Association and the National Major Gang Task Force.
    • The Security Threat Group Intelligence Coordinator was elected as the Southeast Advisory Board Member for the National Major Gang Task Force.

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.

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