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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Prison Beds


Total Beds Funded

Total Beds Funded dropped from 17,033 in 94-95 to 806 in 98-99.

1998 Prison Bed Additions - In 1998, $48,080,959 was appropriated for improvements to two youthful offender institutions; adding secure housing units to five institutions; and providing site work for three new facilities. These projects will add more than 800 new prison beds to the corrections system.
* Number of appropriated beds was adjusted for beds subsequently deleted due to budget reductions.


Bed Cost by Bed Type
(Based on Department's Five-Year Construction Plan)

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Note: Costs are based on prices used to develop the FY 99-00 FCO budget. Facilities that are located in South Florida or have difficult site conditions cost more.

 

Prison Construction


Work camps are the least expensive facilities to build and operate. They hold 288 inmates at total capacity and cost approximately $3.9 million or $13,560 per bed. All buildings are constructed using inmate labor, which saves the state money. Each work camp has two open bay dormitories.

Annexes to existing institutions house 1,499 inmates at total capacity and cost $28,405,000 or $18,949 per bed. All buildings are constructed using inmate labor. Each annex includes six secure housing units and two open bay dormitories.

Institutions house 1,499 inmates at total capacity and cost $41,409,000 or $27,625 per bed. All core buildings are constructed by contractors and phase II structures are built using inmate labor. Each institution includes six secure housing units and two open bay dormitories. Site work and utilities for Franklin CI are currently underway.

Photo of inmates building.
  Inmates Building Prisons - Inmates are helping to build the Columbia CI Annex, which uses the department's prototype design. Inmates sharpen their skills in brick laying and carpentry when building prisons, which assists them in getting jobs upon release.