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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Security and Institutional Management

The Bureau of Security Operations

James Upchurch
Bureau Chief
(850) 410-4390
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The Bureau of Security Operations provides oversight of security procedures at all institutions through security audits and security consulting; assists in establishing and monitoring security and operational management of all DC facilities; tracks levels of illicit contraband and weapons entering and/or manufactured in institutions; monitors gang activity and labor assignments for inmates; provides after-hours services, including fugitive verification to DC facilities, law enforcement agencies, and the general public.

Accomplishments in FY 1996-97:

  • Conducted comprehensive, unannounced security audits in conjunction with security reviews at over 30 correctional institutions which resulted in the lowest escape rate in recent history (two from secure perimeters in FY96-97) while overseeing the highest number of inmates behind secure perimeters (64,713 inmates on June 30, 1997).

  • Enhanced training for non-department personnel who supervise inmates working by completing and distributing the video entitled "Civilian Supervision of Inmates" for use as a training aid.
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