|Impact of the "Rethinking Personal Choice"
Program: September 2002
The purpose of this report is to examine the results of the "Rethinking Personal Choice" [RPC] Program, a pilot program that began on September 1, 2000 at the Florida State Prison (FSP). The goal of the RPC program is to generate Close Management (CM) releases that function in open population without threatening the security of the institution or abusing the rights and privileges of others.
The report is based on comparing the results for the group of inmates impacted by the RPC program and those of a 'like control group' (the cohort of CM inmates at FSP during the year prior to the implementation of the RPC program). Thus, the comparison groups used were the respective cohort of CM inmates at FSP from September 1, 1999 through August 31, 2000 (Pre-RPC Group) versus September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001 (the first full year of implementation of RPC [RPC Group]).
The results for each group are presented, compared, and analyzed based on program objectives. The report also covers the RPC's impact on the movement of inmates to reduced management levels. The intent of the RPC program is to move inmates from more restrictive to less restrictive management levels (from CM 1 to CM 2 or CM 3 or Open Population, and from CM 2 to CM 3 or Open Population, and from CM 3 to Open Population).
The RPC program should be modified in order to provide programming to CM 1 and CM 2 inmates. Introducing the inmates to the RPC program at the CM 1 and CM 2 levels will better equip the inmates and the staff at the institution for placement to the CM 3 level and possible transfer to general population.
CM 1 Modifications:
CM 2 Modifications:
CM 3 Modifications: