No Escapes again this year
There were no escapes from the secure perimeter of a correctional institution in FY1011. Our continuing success in preventing escapes can be attributed to the hard work and diligence of our institutional security staff. Their tireless dedication to the implementation of comprehensive security procedures is the most critical element of what has proven to be an effective security program.
Additionally, improved prison facility design, security hardware features and modern electronic systems have certainly proven beneficial to this effort as have sound inmate classification practices that insure inmates are housed in facilities that meet the risk level necessary to contain them. As the number one priority of the Department, public protection through escape prevention is at the forefront of all we do.
Central Office Move
In late 2009, it was determined that the Department of Corrections (DC) could save an estimated $1.5 million dollars a year in lease costs if employees in Central Office in Tallahassee were to move into state-owned buildings. The DC had been housed at Blair Stone Road and Mahan Drive for some time, but both of these leases were private leases.
After much preparation, the DC moved its Central Office employees during April, May and June of 2011. We moved approximately 830 DC employees, and 87 employees of the Florida Parole Commission. The DC moved 270 employees into Southwood and 560 into the Carlton building. Because we utilized inmate labor to move these offices, we saved an estimated $100,000 in moving costs.
After some settling in and further adjustments for space, the following offices are housed at Southwood (the rest are in the Carlton building): Facility Services, Institutional Support, Finance & Accounting, Procurement & Supply, Corrections Foundation, OIT (partial), and Contract Management & Monitoring.
Special thanks to Asst. Chief for Contracts Rosalyn Ingram, Asst. Dir. of Field Support Services Charlie Terrell, Op. Mgmt. Consultant Mgrs. Joy Ailstock and Shelly Kelley, GOC II Jane Broyles, Chief Information Officer Doug Smith and his entire staff, and the Correctional Officers and inmates from Wakulla, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison and Taylor Correctional Institutions who made the moves so seamless and successful.
Inmate Labor in Our Communities
In FY1011, the Department's Community Work Squad inmates worked 4.2 million hours in our communities, saving Florida taxpayers more than $53 million.
Inmates Growing Food
In FY1011, inmates cultivated almost 1,700 acres at over 30 different farms and gardens, and harvested over 7.1 million pounds of produce including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe and watermelon.
These crops are used to supplement inmate meals.
Under the leadership of Governor Scott, inmates are growing even more of their own food.
A number of Florida prisons, probation offices and work release centers were audited and accredited during FY1011 by the American Correctional Association (ACA).
ACA accreditation standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States, and Florida prisons, work release centers and probation and parole facilities consistently pass accreditation standards with marks in the high 90s.
Some of the areas reviewed during the accreditation process include security, health services, chaplaincy, food services, segregation, mail and visiting. The facilities are reviewed to see how well they are complying with established ACA standards that represent the highest level of correctional practices.
The following facilities and programs were successfully audited and accredited by the American Correctional Association in FY1011:
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