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

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Agency Overview

Agency Overview

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 re-entry into society.

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

Quick Facts

  • Inmates who commit state felonies and are sentenced to at least a year and a day are sent to state prison in Florida, and are under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Corrections

  • The Florida Department of Corrections houses 100,894 inmates in 146 facilities

  • The Department employs approximately 18,200 Correctional Officers

  • Florida’s recidivism rate is 32.8%, which means one of every three inmates released from a Florida prison returns to prison in Florida within three years (This does not include the number of inmates who return to county jails, federal prisons or prisons in other states)

  • The Department of Corrections houses 7,037 female inmates

  • In Florida there are six Private Prisons housing more than 8,000 inmates

  • The Florida Department of Corrections employs 2,334 Correctional Probation Officers who supervise more than 119,000 active offenders on community supervision at 154 probation offices throughout the state


  • Ensure the safety of the public

  • Ensure the safety of Department of Corrections personnel

  • Provide the appropriate care and supervision of inmates under the Department’s jurisdiction

  • Provide the appropriate supervision to offenders on probation in our communities

  • Ensure inmates and offenders are prepared for successful re-entry into our communities. Our goal is to reduce recidivism from its current level of 32 percent to 20 percent by 2014

  • Cultivate a servant-leadership organizational culture that sustains professionalism and success at all levels of the Department

  • Optimize organizational performance
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