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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Department of Corrections

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  • In FY 2007-08, there were no escapes from the secure perimeter of an institution, despite an average population of 95,211.
  • The Department of Corrections and the Department of Health combined resources to identify an undiagnosed inmate with tuberculosis. A 34-member interagency team, working around the clock for almost three weeks, screened 2,729 inmates and prison employees. The team developed an interagency database, at a cost savings of $5,000, and prevented further tuberculosis spread at a cost savings of $332,791. For this, the Team received a Davis Productivity Award.
  • The Secretary of Corrections heads a Reentry Advisory Council to address issues of ex-offender reentry and assist in the formation of a statewide strategy to reduce recidivism within the state correctional system. The Bureau of Community Services and Reentry in cooperation with the Governor’s Office has identified and provisionally appointed members to the council.
  • The Department implemented the Undergoing Training and Obedience in Prison to Increase Adoptability (UTOPIA) program at Taylor Correctional Institution and the Paws in Prison program at Wakulla Correctional Institution, which use inmate labor to train shelter dogs and prepare them for “forever” homes.
  • The Department of Corrections teamed with FDLE, the Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers to produce two or more decks of cold case playing cards to distribute to inmates in the state’s prisons, county jails and probation offices. Two arrests have already resulted from this program.
  • The Department drafted the Agency’s Sustainability Report to lower greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy efficiency.

Office of Information Technology

  • The Office of Information Technology, in cooperation with the Office of Institutions, established teleconference capability at the Central Florida Reception Center with the Department of Homeland Security so that Homeland Security personnel could remote interview suspected illegal immigrants.
  • With a grant from the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Information Technology developed and implemented the Correctional Operation Trend Analysis System (COTAS). COTAS presents key performance indicators in a graphical dashboard format giving Corrections management at-a-glance levels of investigations, disciplinary reports, uses of force, escapes, grievances, etc., at the regional and institutional levels as well as detailed data on individual dormitories and specific inmates.
  • The Office of Information Technology completed deployment of the Mobile Data Access System (MDAS) allowing Correctional Probation Officers in the field real-time access to information on sex offender cases they supervise.

Bureau of Staff Development

  • The Bureau of Staff Development’s production team, in conjunction with The Florida Channel, edited the videotape: “Day in the Life of a Correctional Officer” and incorporated it into the Department’s recruitment videos for Job Fairs and Career Days.
  • The Bureau of Staff Development in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, Human Resources, and Research & Data Analysis continues to develop and implement the new Recruitment Web-based database. When completed, the Recruitment Web-based database will be accessible from other agencies/entities.

Bureau of Health Services

  • The Office of Health Services (OHS) implemented several cost-saving measures during FY 2007-08, including renegotiating nurse staffing contracts, trimming pharmacy costs, de-privatizing dental services and pushing successfully for legislation to reduce hospital reimbursement rates when no prior contract was in place, all of which is expected to save taxpayers more than $8.5 million annually.

Office of the Inspector General

  • The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) processed 30,413 incident reports. 4,788 official investigations were assigned to the various field offices. Consequently, 341 were forwarded to State Attorney’s Offices throughout Florida for possible criminal prosecution.

Office of General Counsel

  • The Office of the General Counsel reports that on November 1, 2007, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Department’s execution procedures were constitutional under the Eighth Amendment in the cases of Lightbourne v. McCollum, Case No. 06-2391, and Schwab v. State, Case No. 07-1603.
  • The Office of the General Counsel reports that in March, 2008, Judge Adams entered an Order in favor of the department in the Osterback v. McDonough class action litigation challenging the conditions of confinement in close management and the close management inmates’ access to outpatient mental health services. The Order grants the Department’s Motion to Terminate the Revised Offer of Judgment, terminates the injunctive relief in accordance with the Prison Litigation Reform Act, and directs the Clerk to close the case.

Office of Department Initiatives

  • The Office of Department Initiatives and the Office of Victims Assistance met with several Sheriff’s Offices in preparation for bringing their Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Service online. By calling VINE at any time 24/7, anyone can receive an inmate’s current location and tentative release date.
  • The Office of Department Initiatives, Bureau of Community Relations and Re-Entry together with the Annie E. Casey Foundation successfully conducted the Restoration of Rights Summit June 17-18, 2008, held at the Capitol.

Bureau of Sentence Structure and Population Management

  • The Department’s Fugitive Unit investigated 298 cold cases, resulting in over 119 recaptures of escapees and absconders, as well as identification of approximately 40 other escapees and absconders as possibly deceased.

Office of Community Corrections

  • The Office of Community Corrections developed uniform orders of supervision with input from judges. The uniform orders will ensure consistent and proper wording of conditions of supervision statewide.
  • The Office of Community Corrections received Davis Productivity Certificates of Commendation for the following:

    • rapidly implementing the Anti-Murder Act eligibility/designation;
    • Operational Review Automation Team’s improvements in operational review quality and efficiency;
    • Promotional Training Task Force’s creation of a quarterly, weeklong leadership training program for newly promoted probation office supervisors.

Bureau of Facility Services

  • The Bureau of Facility Services worked jointly with Procurement & Supply to advertise for Architectural, Engineering and Construction Management services for a number of major construction projects funded for FY 2008-09 to address additional capacity needs.

Bureau of Institutional Support Services

  • Inmates working in the Department’s Community Work squad programs performed 6,541,121 hours of work valued at more than $95 million, and after costs, provided the citizens of Florida with a net cost savings/value added of approximately $57 million.
  • The Department’s Farm and Edible Crops Program harvested 2.4 million pounds of produce, including broccoli, carrots, green beans, onions, squash, watermelon, cabbage and more, selling it to our private food service vendors for almost $556,000.

Office of Institutions

Gulf CI Corrections Emergency Respose Team (CERT)
Gulf C.I.'s Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT).

  • The Office of Institutions’ K-9 teams responded to 532 calls for assistance from local law enforcement, jails and juvenile centers whose inmates had escaped, resulting in 106 apprehensions of felons for offenses including sexual battery, kidnapping, murder, and assault. Another 18 missing persons were recovered and returned to their families, including children, the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, and a suicidal runaway. The services of our canine units saved local law enforcement agencies an estimated $250,000 in FY 2007-08.
  • The Office of Institutions’ Bureau of Security Operations - Security Threat Intelligence Unit assisted FDLE with development of a 40-hour gang course for corrections, probation and law enforcement. The unit conducts training on how corrections can assist law enforcement.

Bureau of Finance and Accounting

  • The Bureau of Finance and Accounting implemented an automated phone system for inmate trust accounts. The automated phone system now handles ninety-eight percent (98%) of calls electronically.

Bureau of Classification and Central Records

  • As part of a special Restoration of Civil Rights project, the Bureau of Classification and Central Records collaborated with the Parole Commission to locate and identify approximately 125 records from a review of microfiche and microfilm records dating back to 1975.

Female Correctional Officer standing in a dorm.
The Department of Corrections is responsible for the custody, care and treatment of more than 94,000 inmates and more than 150,000 offenders on community supervision.

 


Accomplishments/Direction

Department's Mission

Mission

To protect the public safety, to ensure the safety of Department personnel, and to provide proper care and supervision of all offenders under our jurisdiction while assisting, as appropriate, their reentry into society.

Vision

To utilize effective and innovative correctional strategies that make Florida’s Department of Corrections the best in the world.

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