The Bureau of Probation & Parole Field Services is responsible for developing, implementing, revising and monitoring programs in the areas of probation and other field supervision operations, sentencing scoresheets, probation and parole databases, court-ordered payments, and sexual offenders/predators. Employees in this bureau are also responsible for developing policy for over 3,430 staff members, including over 2,500 probation officers and supervisors. Along with supervising more than 151,000 offenders requiring community supervision, correctional probation officers (CPOs) are required to collect the following fees from offenders, when applicable: cost of supervision, victim restitution and court fines and costs. CPOs are also required to conduct more than 208,000 investigations each year, including pre-sentence investigations and other state investigations.
The Fugitive Apprehension Coordination Team (FACT), implemented in 2001, assisted in reducing their original number of outstanding warrants on probation/parole violators in Absconder status by over six percent. This unit has accomplished this by working closely with field staff, local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the public through an Absconder/Fugitive Search Web Site where the public can call or e-mail tips about absconders’ whereabouts. This page is located at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/wanted.html and contains information regarding absconders including photos, when available.
In FY 2003-04, the Office of Community Corrections provided specialized training opportunities for all staff in areas such as Supervision of Sex Offenders, Supervision of Female Offenders and Officer Safety and Survival training. Long distance training over the Departmentís intranet continues to be utilized to allow officers to complete training as their schedules permit, thus increasing time spent by staff on supervision activities.
The “Community Supervision” ratio is based on the number of offenders on supervision and the number of certified officers available to supervise the population. This number varies by circuit. Caseloads for supervision categories that have statutorily mandated caseload ratios are listed below.
|Statutorily Mandated Caseload Ratios|
|Post Prison Release Supervision||40:1|
|Drug Offender Probation||50:1|
|Payments Collected During FY 2003-04
* Community Corrections also collects other fees (crimes compensation, electronic monitoring, drug testing fees, surcharge, subsistance, and additional costs).
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