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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Drug-Testing Inmates in Prison
Modality 1 = 3,363 or 54.9%; Modality 2 = 1,265 or 20.7%; Programming Center = 1,492 or 24.4%

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.


Probation Officers routinely conduct urinalysis drug testing on offenders under their supervision.

Inmates in prison are also tested for drugs on a random basis and "for cause."

How the Department combats the introduction of drugs (and cell phones) into prisons

Inmates can be tested for drugs on a random or "for cause" basis. To help combat the introduction of drugs / cell phones into our prisons, the Inspector General's Contraband Interdiction Unit conducts unannounced sweeps of prisons and parking lots with their canines. In FY1011, this Unit conducted operations at state prisons which resulted in 2,781 individuals (staff, inmates & visitors) being scanned with the ION Mobility Spectrometry instrument that detects traces of illegal drugs. During Contraband Interdiction operations and associated investigations conducted by the Contraband Interdiction Unit, 95 individuals were arrested or criminally charged (three employees, 59 visitors and 33 inmates) for contraband. The operations yielded 5,138.2 grams of cannabis, 302.9 grams of cocaine, 283.1 grams of synthetic THC, 273 cell phones, 31 firearms (in vehicles), 205 homemade knives and 200 gallons of alcoholic beverages.

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 72,554 71,225 1,329 1.8%
For Cause 4,860 3,918 942 19.4%
Drug Test Positive
Type of Test* Alcohol Cannabis Cocaine Opiates Other Total*
Random 3 1,228 32 33 69 1,365
For Cause 38 868 30 8 34 978
*Inmates can test positive for more than one drug on a test.

Pictured from left to right
K-9 Corky checks out an inmate's personal belongings for contraband
Razor, one of our cell-phone sniffing dogs, practices with his handler, Correctional Officer Inspector Mike Roberts.
Award winner IG Inspector Cora Romer and her dog Annie placed first an international competition
Award winner IG Inspector Chris Mears and his dog Harley placed second among 120 competitors.

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