The Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services is responsible for developing, implementing, revising and monitoring supervision programs in the areas of probation, post release supervision, community control, drug offender probation, career offenders, sexual offenders/predators, and pretrial intervention. This bureau is responsible for other field supervision operations including sentencing guidelines, probation databases, and court-ordered payments. Employees in this bureau are also responsible for developing statewide policy for over 3,500 staff members, including over 2,600 correctional probation officers and supervisors; monitoring and coordinating operational review and ACA accreditation; grant reporting and development; and analysis, formulation, and preparation of legislative proposals relating to probation and parole.
This year, along with supervising more than 146,000 offenders requiring community supervision, correctional probation officers also conducted investigations, completing over 232,800 of them. These investigations included pre-sentence investigations, other state and Florida transfers, bond, pre-trial intervention, placements, community control eligibility, and violation reports.
The Absconder Unit was formed in 2001 and has assisted in reducing the original number of outstanding absconder warrants by more than 20%. The unit accomplished this by working closely with field staff, local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the public via the Absconder/Fugitive Search Web site. By using this site, citizens can call or email tips about absconders’ whereabouts. This page is located at www.dc.state.fl.us/wanted.html and contains information regarding absconders including photos, when available. By establishing Circuit Field Liaisons, the Absconder Unit increased its efforts and ability to apprehend absconders on a statewide basis. From February 28, 2006 through June 30, 2006, the efforts of the Absconder Unit reduced the number of absconders by almost 5,000 (11%).
In FY 2005-06, the Office of Community Corrections provided specialized training opportunities for staff in areas such as the Jessica Lunsford Act Implementation Training, which concentrates on new Sex Offender/Predator Registration Laws, procedure revisions, OBIS programming, qualifying offenses, and electronic monitoring requirements, and Plain View Walk Thru Search Training, which trains on conducting plain view observations, walk through visual inspections, and warrantless planned searches of offender’s residence. Long-distance training over the Department’s intranet continues to be utilized to allow officers to complete training as their schedules permit, thus increasing time spent by staff on supervision activities.
Restitution and Other Monetary Obligations
*Community Corrections also collects other costs (crimes compensation, electronic monitoring fees, drug testing fees, surcharges, subsistence fees, and additional costs).
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