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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

Total Inmates Participating in Institutional- Based Substance Abuse
Treatment Programs FY2009-10

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

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 nonprogram 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.

Drug-Testing Inmates

Inmates can be tested for drugs on a random or "for cause" basis. To help combat the introduction of drugs into our prisons, the Inspector General's Drug Interdiction Unit conducts unannounced sweeps of prisons and parking lots with their drug detection dogs. In a single month in FY0910, this Unit conducted 14 operations at state prisons which resulted in 221 individuals (staff, inmates & visitors) being scanned with the ION Mobility Spectrometry instrument that detects traces of illegal drugs. Thirty vehicles on state grounds were searched based on contraband being observed in plain view, K-9 alerts, and/or ION alerts. During these operations and associated investigations, five individuals were arrested (one certified Correctional Officer, two civilians, and two visitors) on narcotics charges. The operations yielded 70.2 grams of cannabis, 5.1 grams of cocaine, and 1.9 grams of MDMA ( scientific name for Ecstasy), $88.00 cash, and 18 cell phones/accessories.

Random Drug Tests in Accordance with (F.S. 944.473(1))for FY0910
Type of Test* Valid Tests Negative Tests Positive Tests Positive Rates
Random 73,741 72,360 1,381 1.9%
For Cause 5,631 4,509 1,122 19.9%
Drug Test Positive
Type of Test* Alcohol Cannabis Cocaine Opiates Other Total*
Random 3 1,229 70 26 97 1,425
For Cause 54 984 40 13 61 1,152
*Inmates can test positive for more than one drug on a test.
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