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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Drug Testing

Random Drug Testing

Random Drug Test Results in FY 2001-02
  Valid Tests Negative Tests Positive Tests Positive Rate Positive Test Results
Alcohol Cannabis Cocaine Opiates Other Total*
Random 38,077 37,456 621 1.63% 0 588 29 3 18 638
For Cause 7,606 6,075 1,531 20.13% 64 1,376 114 18 12 1,584
* Inmates can test positive for more than one drug.

The Department's Inmate Drug Testing Unit currently oversees the inmate random drug testing program, substance abuse program drug testing and "for cause" drug testing for all correctional facilities statewide. Inmates are chosen for random and substance abuse program drug testing based upon a random computer-generated selection system. Selection of inmates for "for cause" drug testing is based upon reasonable suspicion of involvement with drugs or alcohol. Drug testing enables the Department to detect and identify inmates using illicit drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs and/or alcohol. Furthermore, the role of drug testing has been recognized as highly effective in identifying those who have substance abuse problems, getting them into treatment, and monitoring them during the treatment process.

The office of the Inspector General conducts unannounced drug interdiction operations, by searching employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on department grounds for contraband. In FY 2001-02, the interdiction teams have confiscated 63.07 gallons of alcoholic beverages, approximately 925.7 grams of marijuana, approximately 12.02 grams of cocaine, 11 firearms (from personal vehicles) and $266.00 in currency. Furthermore, interdiction operations have resulted in 56 arrests and discipline of 19 inmates and 7 employees.

This section of the 2001-02 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the one-page section (410K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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