Florida Statute 948.10 (12) states: ďIn its annual report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, under s. 20.315 (5), the department shall include a detailed analysis of community control programs and the departmentís specific efforts to protect the public from offenders placed on community control. The analysis must include but need not be limited to, specific information on the departmentís ability to meet minimum officer-to-offender contact standards, the number of crimes committed by offenders on community control, and the level of community supervision provided.Ē
In order to ensure community control contact standards are met, with virtually no exceptions, contact requirements are reviewed on a weekly basis. Since implementation of this policy, community control officers are now meeting contact requirements on 98.0% of the community controlsupervised population. The Offender-Based Information System (OBIS) generated report is utilized by officers and supervisors to ensure contact standard compliance is achieved.
The Departmentís database reflects that 852 community control offenders committed a new crime while on supervision. Of those, 291 were for misdemeanor offenses. Among the 561 felony offenses remaining, 53 were for driving while license suspended/revoked, 43 were for cocaine possession, and 36 were for grand theft less than $5,000. The offenses remaining included possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary of an unoccupied structure or conveyance, and others.
Supervision levels are derived from a risk assessment system, which is similar to the probation risk assessment instrument established by the National Institute of Justice. The system assigns a supervision level based on the offenderís probability of re-offending, committing a technical violation, or absconding. This distinction assists the community control officer in identifying which offenders require the highest level of monitoring and surveillance. In the three risk categories established within community control, as of June 30, 2008, 2.0% were in the Lunsford community control supervision level, 9.1% were in the higher community control supervision level, and 88.9% were in the lower community control supervision level.
In order to monitor the quality of contacts being made with community control offenders, each month supervisors randomly contact community control offenders (5% of the community control caseload), discuss the quality and level of their supervision, and document these responses.
The Department determines ineligible community control placements based on the forcible felony criteria and the current offense. Officers review the complete criminal history of these identified offenders for a prior forcible felony, and if the offender is determined to be ineligible for community control, the sentencing judge is notified via letter for further review of the sentence. Of the 11,236 offenders placed on community control, 0.9% were ineligible placements, compared to 1.3% last year. Of those determined to be ineligible placements (100), no action was taken on 67 and of the 33 remaining, 2 were placed on Sex Offender Probation, 3 were placed on Drug Offender Probation, 27 were placed on regular probation, and one was terminated by court order.
In order to enhance public safety and to enforce conditions of community supervision, the Department conducts planned compliance initiatives in all 20 judicial circuits. These are unannounced searches of an offenderís residence. All offenders on community supervision may be subject to these events; however, those on supervision for or with a prior violent offense and those with a special condition of random searches are emphasized.
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