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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Substance Abuse Treatment in Prisons

Almost two-thirds of inmates are classified as having a substance abuse problem. 82% of those inmates are
released with no treatment.

Total inmates participating in
Institutional-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Programs - FY 2008-2009

Modality 1 = 2,563 or 52.3%; Modality 2 = 820 or 16.7%; Programming Center = 1,519 or 30.9%

Inmates in need of treatment
vs. inmates who do not
need treatment

Inmates ID as needing substance abuse treatment = 65,706 or 65.1%; Inmates not ID as needing substance abuse treatment = 35,188 or 34.9%

Modality 1 - A four (4) to six (6) month substance abuse intensive outpatient (within the prison setting) program provided to inmates at designated institutions throughout the state. Treatment occurs for half a day, at least four days per week and inmates participate in a minimum of twelve (12) hours of counselor supervised activities. These activities include group and individual counseling. The inmates spend the remainder of their days performing institutional work assignments.

Modality 2 - A nine (9) to twelve (12) month residential Therapeutic Community (TC) program housed within the institution or at a designated community based facility. The program is divided into four phases. Inmates are housed together in the same dormitory, apart from non-program inmates. Services are provided in a positive, supportive environment wherein participants share similar problems of chemical abuse and patterns of criminal thinking. They live and work together to change their lives while residing in the therapeutic community. The TC model emphasizes structure, responsibility, credibility, accountability, discipline, consistency and limit setting with consequences.

Program Centers - The Department of Corrections Substance Abuse Transitional/Re-Entry Program is a 16-24 month program model designed to assist inmates nearing release in making a successful transition from the correctional institution to the community. Inmates who successfully complete the initial intensive programming component (9-12 months) are eligible to participate in the work release component.

A Quote From Secretary Walter McNeil

“It is costing Florida Taxpayers (you and me) $20,000 per inmate per year to keep each of those inmates incarcerated. Do the math. The 12,360 inmates who return to prison cost Floridians $249 million dollars per year. I believe we can use that money more wisely and efficiently.”

Walter McNeil,
Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections

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