During Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (FY 2012-13), the Department of Corrections continued to make progress in areas critical to mission success: strategic planning, fostering community partnerships and focusing on re-entry, while continuing efforts to reduce operating costs and use resources responsibly.
One of the Department’s major accomplishments was the review and update of our strategic plan. This was a priority as the existing plan had not been updated since 2010. A strategic plan is a vital tool for any organization as it allows leaders and members to set goals, map a course for achieving those goals, assess current needs and anticipate future ones, and ensures all members know the role they play in achieving mission success. Agency leaders from around the state worked over the course of several months to review the existing plan, revise and update the plan, and make certain the Department of Corrections had a tool that would continue to move us forward. Our “2013-2016 Strategic Plan” was adopted in July of 2013.
The Department continued its efforts to foster partnerships by holding regular Community Partnership Meetings around the state. Our community partners are an invaluable resource as they assist the DC with re-entry efforts. Community Partnership Meetings allow us to continue connecting with state and local leaders, volunteers, civic organizations, churches, resource centers and other stakeholders that assist us with helping inmates and offenders successfully transition back to their communities upon their release. This enhances public safety and reduces victimization while reducing costs to taxpayers. These meetings also help us to enhance transparency and accountability.
We continued moving forward identifying and implementing cost saving initiatives including consolidating offices around the state to reduce lease costs; shifting vehicles to P&P offices around the state to reduce travel expenditures for Officers; and hanging inmate clothing and bedding out to dry rather than running industrial sized dryers, and making our own clothing, bedding, and laundry soap in institutions. With these and other efforts, the Department continues to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
While we at the Department were committed to strategic planning, community partnerships, re-entry efforts and continuing to reduce costs during the year, the safety of our staff, the public, and inmates remained our top priority.
In the coming year, we will continue to make significant progress in these areas and others. I’m always impressed by the dedication of our members and continue to be proud of their hard work and accomplishments – as they make our success possible.
I thank you for your continued support of the Florida Department of Corrections!
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