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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Variables Examined and Comparison Groups

List and Definition of Variables Examined

In this report on the pilot version of the RPC at FSP, applicable variables of interest have been related to specific Program Objectives to show whether or not (or how well) the RPC met its objectives. Below, where applicable, after each definition of a given variable, the number of the Program Objective (PO) related to that variable is shown in parenthesis. The variables are listed in number order of the PO to which it is related.

Total in CM -
Number of inmates spending any time in CM status at FSP in the given time period.

Number Released to Open Population -
Number of inmates spending any time in CM at FSP released to the open population at any facility during given time period. (PO # 1)

Avg. Days Spent in CM, Per Inmate -
Average number of days spent in CM at FSP for inmates during given time period. (PO # 2)

Total Days in CM -
Total number of days spent in CM at FSP for inmates during the given time period. (PO # 2)

Number Recommitted to CM -
Number of inmates that were released to the open population at any facility who returned to CM during the given time period. (PO # 3)

Percent Recommitted to CM -
Percent of inmates released to the open population returned to CM during the given time period. (PO # 3)

Total Number of DR's -
Total Number of Disciplinary Reports (DR's) for CM inmates at FSP during the given period. (PO # 4)

Number of DR's Per 1,000 Days in CM -
DR rate per 1,000 man-days in CM during the given time period. (PO # 4)

Number of DR's Resulting in Injury -
Number of DR's resulting in injury for CM inmates at FSP during the given time period. (PO # 5)

Number of Positive Drug Tests -
Number of positive drug tests for CM inmates at FSP during the given time period. (PO # 6)

Comparison Groups

The pilot version of the RPC Program at FSP began on September 1, 2000. The 'like control group' used in this study was 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 versus September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2001 (the first full year of implementation of RPC). The variables listed above were examined for each comparison group.

In the following section, the variables for each cohort are presented, compared, and analyzed based on program objectives and 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).