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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Re-Entry

Overview

Our re-entry philosophy is simple: if inmates spend their time in prison getting an education or vocation, attending substance abuse treatment programs, and learning skills that could eventually lead to a job, they are more likely to become productive citizens and less likely to commit new crimes and return to prison.

The Florida Department of Corrections is committed to ensuring public safety by helping inmates successfully transition back into their communities. The returning offender faces many challenges. Most offenders have limited skills and community contact and are unaware of support services available in their communities. Without an education or job skills, a support system or even a place to live upon release, it is not surprising that a third of all released inmates return to prison within three years. Services must be coordinated and reinforced to provide released inmates the resources and support systems they will need to successfully reintegrate into their communities.To address these issues and others, the Department developed a five-year Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan (published in June 2009). The plan builds a balanced strategy to reduce the high rates of recidivism for inmates and offenders. Multiple state agencies, local law enforcement, community service providers and local judicial systems all have an investment in the success of this strategy. You may review this document at www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/reentry.html

Quick Facts

  • 32.8% of the inmates who leave Florida’s prisons will return within 3 years.

  • The average inmate reads at a seventh grade level; many are illiterate.

  • Providing basic education and/or vocational training lowers recidivism.