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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Community Corrections

Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services

Larry Hamilton
Bureau Chief
(850) 487-2165
SUNCOM 277-2165

Average Caseloads for Correctional Probation Officers (FY 1996-97)
Community Control: 25:1
Community Supervision
(Includes Probation, Parole, Conditional Release, Other Post Prison Release and Pretrial Intervention.)
76:1
Drug Offender Probation 56:1
The Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services is responsible for developing, implementing, revising and monitoring programs in the areas of probation and other field supervision operations, sentencing guidelines, probation and parole databases, court-ordered payments, and sexual predators. Employees in this bureau are also responsible for developing policy for supervising over 4,000 correctional probation officers (CPO's) and staff. Along with supervising over 142,000 offenders on specialized caseloads requiring community supervision, CPO's are required to collect the following fees from offenders, when applicable: cost of supervision, victim restitution and court fines and costs. CPO's are also required to conduct more than 250,000 investigations each year, including pre- and post-sentence investigations.

Accomplishments in 1996-97:

  • Piloted a new risk classification system in the 5th and 13th Judicial circuits, which allows DC to concentrate its time and resources on the highest risk offenders, thus providing a higher degree of safety to the public;
  • Automated probation officer's case contacts and notes on computer, which allows all staff to have ready access to supervision progress;
  • Added the addresses of sex offenders/predators to the DC's database, so that this information along with a digitized photograph can be electronically posted on the Internet for public access.

COMMUNITY SUPERVISION POPULATIONS
(June 30, 1997)
Probation: 102,136
Parole: 2,524
Conditional Release: 3,758
Control Release: 1,553
Drug Offender Probation: 9,921
Community Control: 13,692
Community Control II (Elect. Monitoring) 913
Pre-Trial Intervention: 8,339
Other 75
TOTAL: 142,911

Number of Investigations Conducted
(FY 92-93 to FY 96-97)

Investigations Conducted 1992-97:  Rose from 201,180 to 254,113.


Type of Investigations Conducted* Types of Investigations:  VOP was the highest.  ROR was the lowest.

* Types of investigations: PSI - Pre-sentence investigations including pre-pleas and PSI's in custody; POST - Post-sentence investigations including supervision and prison post; PTIP - Pretrial investigation preliminary; VOP - Violation of probation reports; SGS - Sentencing guidelines score sheet; TRN/SEC/PLC - Transfer, security investigation for prisons, placement; ROR - Release on own recognizance investigation; PTIB - Pretrial background investigation; CMC - Client management classification.