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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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The Office of the Inspector General and its four bureaus or sections, State Investigations, Special Operations, Equal Employment Opportunity Investigative Unit and Internal Audit, perform the following functions:

  1. Conduct criminal and administrative investigations, audits, and reviews relating to department operations, contracts, staff, inmates, visitors and volunteers.
  2. Identify instances of fraud, abuse, and other deficiencies relating to department programs and operations; inform the Secretary of those conditions; recommend corrective action; and report on progress made in correcting deficiencies.
  3. Track and direct recapture of fugitives from justice.
  4. Operate contraband interdiction and inmate drug testing programs.
  5. Coordinate department activities required by the Florida Whistle-blower's Act.
  6. Coordinate audit and investigative efforts, and facilitate cooperation with external agencies including the Auditor General, OPPAGA, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  7. Provide critical intelligence and gang information to law enforcement agencies across the state and nation.
  8. Work closely with other law enforcement agencies and state's attorneys' offices to ensure timely prosecution of criminal cases.

Vision:  To enhance public safety and trust within the state of Florida.

Mission:  To provide leadership in the promotion of accountability and integrity of the correctional system.

Goal:  To add value to the organization by:

  1. Surveying stakeholders - senior management and others - to determine expectations and needs;
  2. Identifying statewide risks and threats;
  3. Developing innovative solutions to mitigate those risks and threats;
  4. Providing timely and pertinent information to decision makers;
  5. Assessing internal controls and facilitating improvements that support the successful implementation of management's goals; and
  6. Conducting timely investigations and audits that accurately represent conditions and events occurring within the agency.
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Recent Accomplishments

During the last year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) launched multiple operational improvements designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness and enhance public safety and accountability:

  • Optimized the agency's use-of-force incident reporting system and review process, yielding a substantial workload reduction and cost savings to the agency.
  • Initiated implementation of a streamlined case flow process and development of an electronic case management and evidence tracking system – both designed to improve compliance with documented investigative procedures.
  • Began developing an investigative case management unit to triage all incident reports and ensure consistency in assignment for investigation.
  • Automated the OIG correspondence tracking system.
  • Assigned OIG Law Enforcement Inspectors to work jointly with the U.S. Marshall's Service on a regional task force focused on locating and recapturing fugitives and absconders.
  • Assigned two inspectors to investigate financial crimes and liaison with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Initiated creation of a Field Training Officer program for newly hired OIG inspectors.
  • Created a hotline for reporting Fraud, Waste and Misuse of agency funds.
  • Created a training bureau within the OIG to enhance inspectors' capabilities as well as to facilitate their compliance with criminal justice training and certification requirements.
  • Implemented a re-entry program, developed by the Security Threat Group Unit, to assist former gang members with their reintegration into society.
  • Began reporting arrest information to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system.
  • Significantly reduced processing times for staff arrest and administrative case investigations, thereby facilitating more timely corrective action.
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Specific Areas of Responsibility

Primary services provided by the Office of Inspector General include the following:

  1. OIG facilitates an automated management information network that keeps designated key managers informed of events as they occur at correctional facilities throughout the state. This information network:

    • Provides an incident/event reporting system for all areas of the department, enabling early identification of problems and timely allocation of investigative and corrective resources.
    • Collects statewide data for use by key correctional managers in developing strategies to address areas of concern.
    • Provides timely flow of information to management and, through the Public Information Office, to the public.
    • Leads agency efforts to maintain cooperative working relationships with the Department of Law Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies.

  2. OIG certified law enforcement and correctional inspectors conduct criminal and administrative investigations inside state correctional facilities. Inspectors:

    • Investigate felonies in state correctional facilities and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies including prosecution through State Attorneys offices.
    • Conduct administrative investigations into allegations of misconduct by staff and/or offenders in state correctional facilities, and coordinate these investigations with appropriate departmental staff.

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  3. OIG Intelligence Unit and Contraband Interdiction teams assist the Office of Institutions in providing a safe environment for employees, inmates, and visitors by deterring the introduction of weapons, cell phones, narcotics and other contraband into correctional facilities. Interdiction teams:

    • Conduct unannounced interdiction operations in both state and private correctional facilities.
    • Review contraband control processes at state correctional facilities for compliance with department policy and procedure.

  4. OIG auditors assess the efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs and associated controls, measure compliance with laws and procedures, and serve to deter waste, fraud and abuse of agency resources. Auditors:

    • Conduct compliance and performance audits in accordance with professional auditing standards.
    • Assist inspectors with investigations involving waste, fraud, or misappropriation of funds.
    • Serve as the department's liaison with the Office of the Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability on audits and reviews completed by those offices.
    • Conduct contract management reviews which enhance accountability and oversight over the department's contracts for goods and services.

Organizational Chart: Inspector General Terrance Edmondson, Deputy IG David Folsom, Chief of Investigations Ken Sumpter, Chief of Special Operations Doug Glisson, Chief of Internal Audit Paul Strickland

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