Fiscal Year 2010-11 (FY1011) was a year full of changes and transitions, but also one where we continued to move forward in our public safety mission, and in streamlining our Department.
We instituted 12-hour work weeks for the first time in a pilot program at Jefferson CI, which was well-received by staff and saves taxpayers money. On the healthcare front, we initiated a ban on smoking for all inmates, which will save millions in healthcare costs long-term. We also opened a Cancer Center at Reception and Medical Center that not only saves money on outside hospital visits, but enhances public safety with fewer inmates being transported outside prison grounds. We continued to consolidate and streamline our prisons through the closures of Brevard and Hendry Correctional Institutions in June 2011, and Tallahassee Road Prison in April 2011.
Our Community Corrections staff continued to step up their efforts to remove guns, weapons and drugs from the streets through their partnerships with local law enforcement on sweeps of offenders' homes. There is no way to calculate how many crimes were averted as a result of these "Planned Compliance Initiatives," but the increasing participation by law enforcement in these programs is a good indication that they're working.
In an effort to communicate our message more quickly and concisely, this year we began using social media including Facebook and Twitter. Our Facebook page is "Florida Department of Corrections" and you can join us on Twitter @FL_Corrections. These efforts have been successful in reaching a larger audience, and in informing the general public about our accomplishments and programs.
Perhaps most significantly this year, we lost one of our own in the line of duty. Holmes CI Colonel Greg Malloy was killed during an exchange of gunfire with a suspected killer that he and his canine team were pursuing, along with local law enforcement. He was a remarkable individual and I encourage you to learn more about him in the "In Memoriam" section of this annual report.
I invite you to turn the page for more details about the Department, its members and programs. If you are looking for additional statistics about our agency, please go to our website www.dc.state.fl.us/ pub/annual/1011/stats/toc.html for complete tables and graphs.
Kenneth S. Tucker, Secretary