The primary mission of Community Corrections is to protect the public by monitoring whether offenders on probation or community supervision are complying with their court-ordered conditions of supervision and reporting non-compliance to the court or releasing authority when it occurs.
Probation officers do this by making contact with offenders, their significant others and family members. Probation officers meet with offenders at the office, at their place of employment and in the community through routine field visits, searches and unannounced visits to their homes. Probation officers make referrals to services and resources available in the community to assist the offender in becoming a law abiding, tax-paying citizen, which ultimately reduces further victimization and recidivism.
Community Corrections Facts & Figures for FY 2011-12
There were 145,849 offenders being supervised by probation officers on June 30, 2012.
$71,856,973 was collected from offenders on supervision for victim restitution, court costs, fines, and other fees in FY 2011-12 .
Offenders on supervision completed 1,560,912 hours of community service in FY 2011-12 .
90,880 offenders were admitted to supervision
90,626 offenders were released from supervision
40,578 (45%) successfully completed supervision
13,443 (15%) were revoked due to a new arrest
20,652 (23%) were revoked due to a technical violation
12,915 (14%) were terminated due to court/Florida Parole Commission action
The current overall successful completion rate as of June 30, 2012 is 55.4%
Approximately 90.3% of offenders who successfully complete supervision do not recidivate (return to the Department’s custody in prison or under supervision within three years)
Average cost per day to supervise an offender on community supervision (without electronic monitoring): $4.68 or $1,708.20 per year.