"The Secretary (of the Department of Corrections) shall appoint an Assistant Secretary for Community Corrections responsible for coordination of community alternatives to incarceration." (F.S. 20.315 (3)(f))
The primary purpose of this office is to assist the administration in carrying out its public safety mission regarding quality supervision of offenders (probationers and inmates), helping follow successfully the conditions of supervision and have a successful transition into the community through employment, programs, and support services. The five major functions of this office are: (1) resource acquisition, primarily through the budget process; (2) policy and procedures development; (3) technical assistance to the field staff; (4) monitoring of Community Corrections programs for quality; and (5) evaluation of programs for accountability.
The Bureaus of Community Corrections
Collections and Investigations
In addition to supervising offenders, Community Corrections staff perform a number of related duties, including collecting court-ordered payments from offenders, such as victim restitution, court costs and fines, cost of supervision fees, room and board and drug testing fees. Conducting investigations is another large part of a Correctional Probation Officer's job. These types of investigations include pre-sentence and post-sentence, pretrial investigation preliminary reports and pretrial background investigations, violation of probation reports, sentencing guidelines score sheets, transfer and security investigations for prisons and placement, release on own recognizance reports and client management classification.
| Payments Collected During FY 1997-98|
| Number of Investigations Conducted|
(FY 93-94 to FY 97-98)
|Payments Collected by Community Corrections Over Five Years|
|Year||Cost of Supervision||Victim Restitution||Fines and Court Costs||Subsistence for PRCs, CCCs*||Other**||TOTAL|
|* Probation and Restitution Centers (PRCs) and Community Correctional Centers (CCCs) collect room and board from offenders under their supervision because they have jobs in the community.
** Community Corrections also collects other costs (crimes compensation, transportation, electronic monitoring, drug testing fees, surcharge and others.)
| Earnings from Work Release Inmates|
| Earnings from Offenders in|
Probation and Restitution Centers