Security and Institutional Management
Random Drug Testing
In 1993, the Drug Free Corrections Act, under Florida Statute 944.473, mandated that the department establish procedures to randomly select and test inmates for substance abuse. In January 1994, the random selection and testing of inmates started. The plan developed by the task force called for random selection and testing 10% of the Florida prison population every month. The following table presents the results of the random drug testing for the last two fiscal years, as well as the period January to June 1994 when the program was first implemented. The results indicate that the percentage of positive tests has declined every year, to 2.1% in FY 1996-97. The most common drug detected is cannabis (90% of all positive results in FY 1996-97).
Testing Due to Reasonable Suspicion
The department also tests inmates based on reasonable suspicion that they have ingested drugs. Any inmate who is suspected to be using drugs is subject to a drug test.
|RANDOM DRUG TEST RESULTS THROUGH FY 1996-97|
|Valid Tests||Negative Tests||Positive Tests||Positive Rate||Positive Test Results|
* Includes multiple positives (inmate tests positive
for more than one drug when tested)