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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Agency Overview

Agency Overview

The Florida Department of Corrections is the state's largest agency, employing more than 26,000 full time employees to oversee about 102,000 inmates and 150,000 offenders on community supervision in FY1011. The third largest state prison system in the country, the Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department's FY1011 operating budget is $2.4 billion.

Mission: To protect the public safety, to ensure the safety of Department Personnel, and to provide proper care and supervision of all offenders under our jurisdiction while assisting, as appropriate, their re-entry into society.

Vision: To utilize effective and innovative correctional strategies that make Florida's Department of Corrections the best in the world the best in the world.

Facts and Figures

  • Three of every four Department of Corrections (DC) employees is a Correctional Officer or a Correctional Probation Officer.

  • On June 30, 2011, the DC had a total of 26,458 employees, including 19,709 or 74.5% certified officers in institutions or probation/parole offices. Of the 17,475 certified employees in institutions, 12,090 (69.2%) are correctional officers, 4,326 (24.8%) are sergeants, 485 (2.8%) are lieutenants, and 291 (1.7%) are captains.

  • Health Care staff (professional, managerial, and support) represent 8.5% of DC employees, while programs for inmates and offenders, and chaplaincy staff total only 1.7% of DC employees.

  • Agency support staff total 12.7% of all DC staff, including 10.1% institutional support and 2.6% community corrections support staff. Institution and community corrections support includes management, professional, and clerical support in areas such as inmate grievances, probation/parole data entry, inmate classification, food service, and maintenance and construction.

  • Less than 3% of staff provide management and administrative support in the Department's Central Office and regional service centers, including Personnel functions, staff development, research, purchasing, budget, finance and accounting, information technology, and upper management.

  • The average DC employee is almost 42 years of age and has been with the agency for more than nine years. More than 94% of DC employees are in the state's Career Service pay plan, 5.9% are Selected Exempt Service (SES), and less than 0.1% are Senior Management Service.
Figure 1.1: DC Staff by Work Areas - Programs & Chaplaincy: 439, 1.7%; Community Corrections Support: 701, 2.6%; Administrative: 704, 2.7%; Community Corrections Certified: 2,234, 8.4%; Health Care: 2,243, 8.5%; Institution Support: 2,662, 10.1%; Institution Certified: 17,475, 66.1%