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

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Legislative Update

Executive Summary of the 2011 General Appropriations Act Proviso


  • Requires the Department to submit its proposal to the Governor's Office of Policy and Budget and the chairs of the Senate Budget committee and the House Appropriations Committee for review before closing, substantially reducing the use of, or changing the purpose of any state correctional institution.
  • Provides for the privatization of Region 4 facilities excluding Glades and Hendry CI no later than January 1, 2012, via an RFP. All facilities must remain substantially unchanged in population, as well as medical and psychological grades of inmates. (The privatization of Region IV was subsequently contested in court by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA). The Second Judicial Circuit ruled in favor of the PBA and that the proviso was unconstitutional on September 30, 2011. Future litigation remains pending.)
  • Reduces the budget by $3,017,882 for the transition of 800 beds to residential substance abuse at a per diem of $53.34.
  • Appropriates $250,000 for the development of a water saving plan. Provides that a vendor must be identified by no later than September 30, 2011. (This proviso item was vetoed by the Governor on May 26, 2011.)

Support Services:

  • The Department shall cooperate in the consolidation to the Southwood Shared Resource Center.
  • Basic recruit training hours shall be reduced to 400 hours providing a savings of $6.8M.

Health Services:

  • The Department shall provide flexibility to the private prisons for the purpose of ensuring that the special needs inmates, medical care, and mental health costs are shared by both private and state run facilities.
  • Provides for the privatization of health services via RFP statewide excluding region 4 and inmates housed in private facilities. The Department must also RFP each region separately. The Secretary of the Department shall determine which RFP is preferred. Health privatization must include at least a 7% savings over FY0910 expenditures. The contracts shall take effect for FY1112. All contracts must be submitted for approval by the Legislative Budget Commission.
  • Current (FDOC) employees shall be given first preference for continued employment by the contractor of privatized health services. The Department shall make reasonable efforts to find placement for employees that wish to remain with the state.

Community Corrections:

  • The Department shall issue an RFP for a risk/needs assessment tool for probation violators. The department may implement the risk assessment as a web-based management system.
  • Provides for the continued rental rate for private contracts at the rates in effect on June 30, 2011 for the FY1112.
  • Provides $700,143 to continue prison diversion/drug treatment programs.


  • Provides $500,000 for online career based education /GED to serve 400 inmates via RFP. Requires a progress report to the Senate Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee by December 31, 2011.
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