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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 Programs and Quality

Richard J. Nimer
Bureau Chief
(850) 410-4349
SUNCOM 210-4349

The Bureau of Programs and Quality is responsible for policy and program development, bidding and contracting, contract monitoring, and data collection of the following intermediate sanction, community-based offender programs: long-term residential drug beds, non-secure residential drug beds, diversion center programs, and contracted jail beds. The bureau is also responsible for the following features of community-based offender programs: psychological services, education, employment, specialized sex offender, youthful offender, outpatient substance abuse, and electronic monitoring. The bureau also has responsibility for certification and monitoring of batterers' intervention programs for domestic violence. The bureau focuses on quality assurance and improvement and completes program reports.

Accomplishments in 1996-97:

  • More than 26,000 offenders were treated in outpatient substance abuse programs and of these, 47 percent completed the programs successfully. This was a 10 percent increase in the number of offenders who received treatment services from the previous year. Of those offenders entering outpatient substance abuse treatment between July 1993 and June 1995, 68 percent had no further penetration into the criminal justice system after two years.

  • Over 6,800 offenders received psychological services during FY 96-97. This is a 202 percent increase over the number of offenders who received psychological services during FY 95-96. The legislative funding of mental health treatment and psychological services has been one of the most important new developments.

  • During FY 96-97 the Nonsecure Treatment Program (NTP) admitted almost 5,000 offenders and the Secure (long-term) Program admitted almost 1,200 offenders. This was approximately a 15 percent increase in the number of offenders admitted in the previous fiscal year. The successful completion rate improved to 58 percent for the nonsecure program from a low of 51 percent in FY 94-95. The overall recommitment to prison for all offenders who graduated from the NTP between September 1991 to June 1997 is 14.8 percent. Of the 6,374 offenders who graduated, only 945 have been committed to prison. Of the 12,422 offenders who were court-ordered into the program, only 22.1 percent (2,757 offenders) have gone on to enter prison. The NTP's successful completion rate and low recommitment rate far exceed national averages for similar programs.

  • One of the most important features of funding community-based programs for the offender population is that drug admissions to Florida prisons have decreased from over 16,000 in fiscal year 89-90 to below 5,000 inmates in FY 96-97. The percentage of inmates entering prison with a primary offense category of drugs was 36.1 percent in FY 89-90 and has decreased to 22.6 percent this last fiscal year.

  • The department's probation staff conducted over 355,000 drug tests during FY 96-97 and the positive test rate among offenders was 12 percent. The positive drug test rate has dropped consistently from 33 percent in FY 88-89 at the program's inception.

  • The Office of Certification and Monitoring of Batterers Intervention Programs certified over 50 programs and 100 assessors in 17 of the 20 judicial circuits during the first year of operation.


Probation & Parole Statewide Drug Tests

Drug Tests 1992-97:  Rose from 167,846 in 1992 to 355, 918.  Positive Drug Test stayed constant at 12%.

PROBATION AND PAROLE SERVICES INTERMEDIATE SANCTION BEDS
CIRCUIT Probation and Restitution Centers Nonsecure Drug Treatment Beds Secure Drug Treatment Beds Diversionary Drug Treatment Beds County Jail/Work Camp Total Intermediate Sanction Beds
1 Pensacola 41 0 0 60 0 101
2 Tallahassee 30 40 0 0 50 120
14 Panama City 0 60 0 0 40 100
REGION I TOTAL           321
3 Lake City 0 0 0 0 70 70
4 Jacksonville 30 60 0 0 0 90
7 Daytona Beach 0 50 0 0 0 50
8 Gainesville 0 0 0 34 0 34
REGION II TOTAL           244
9 Orlando 60 0 0 105 0 165
18 Sanford 0 90 0 0 0 90
5 Tavares 0 60 150 0 0 210
REGION III TOTAL           465
11 Miami 0 80 33 100 0 213
15 West Palm Beach 33 80 0 0 0 113
16 Key West 0 0 0 13 15 28
17 Ft. Lauderdale 58 155 45 0 0 258
19 Ft. Pierce 0 0 0 45 0 45
REGION IV TOTAL           657
6 Clearwater 37 60 70 0 0 167
10 Bartow 32 75 0 0 0 107
12 Sarasota 42 50 90 10 0 192
13 Tampa 40 90 0 30 0 160
20 Ft. Myers 0 40 0 0 0 40
REGION V TOTAL           666
GRAND TOTAL 403 990 388 397 175 2353