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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Drug Testing

The Department's Inmate Drug Testing Unit currently oversees the inmate random drug testing program, substance abuse program drug testing and "for cause" drug testing for all correctional facilities statewide.

Inmates are chosen for random and substance abuse program drug testing based upon a random, computer-generated selection system. Selection of inmates for "for cause" drug testing is based upon reasonable suspicion of involvement with drugs or alcohol.

Drug testing enables the Department to detect and identify inmates using illicit drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs and/or alcohol.

Furthermore, the role of drug testing has been recognized as highly effective in identifying those who have substance abuse problems, getting them into treatment, and monitoring them during the treatment process.

The office of the Inspector General conducts unannounced drug interdiction operations by searching employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on department grounds for contraband.

Random Drug Test Results in Accordance with (F.S. 944.473(1)) for FY 2011-12
Type of
Drug Test Positive
Alcohol Cannabis Cocaine Opiates Other Total*
Random 70,624 70,010 614 0.9% 0 506 39 20 69 634
For Cause 3,111 2,677 434 14.0% 25 373 11 16 28 453
*Inmates can test positive for more than one drug on a test.

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