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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Executive Services
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis

Dr. William D. Bales
Bureau Chief
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The Bureau of Research and Data Analysis is responsible for population projections, offender population analysis, statistical publications, conducting surveys, tracking and analyzing prison inmate and community supervision admissions, releases and daily populations; reporting on county detention facility (jail) populations, legislative bill analysis, research proposal evaluation, and annual report preparation. Some of the publications this bureau produces focus on subjects such as escapes, violent career criminals, recidivism rates, risk classification, surveys, sentencing guidelines and this annual report. To see these reports, visit our website at or call the number on the left.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • Acquired $95,000 in grant money from the National Institute of Justice, through Florida's Governor's Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, to develop a system for evaluating the effectiveness of the state's certified Batterers Intervention Programs. These programs teach behavior and attitude change to those who have battered their partners.
  • Established a position to collect data and analyze issues specific to the DC's work force, such as staff turnover and retention. This position is an outgrowth of a cooperative effort between the DC and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with whom the DC shared a $50,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.
    Annual Report
      Annual Report

  • Acquired $200,000 in grant money from the State Innovative Investment Program to grow catfish and tilapia at 11 facilities statewide. Inmates raise and eat the catfish, learning a viable job skill and saving the state money on meals. Julie Harrington, a bureau forecaster and statistician, spearheaded the project. In addition to her Ph.D. in economics, she has a master's degree in fisheries.
  • Produces this annual report, and with the assistance of the office of Information Technology makes it available on the DC website at research/annual/9798.
  • Completed coordination of a follow-up public opinion survey of Floridians to assess the difference in their knowledge and image of the DC from 1997 to 1998. Preliminary results indicate Floridians are becoming more aware that most inmates work and that most inmates now serve 85 percent of their sentences, two goals of its public information program.
      Partnership - FDLE's Sue Burton (left) and DC's Paula Tully Bryant of the Bureau of Research and Data Analysis presented a joint poster session on surveys conducted for their agencies at a conference for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Results of the DC's survey of the public, news media and DC staff can be found online at
  • Was the largest bureau in Central Office to participate in the home-based (telecommuting) pilot program, with eight of 12 employees participating. Of all state agencies, the Department of Corrections was second only to the Department of Revenue in the number of employees to participate in this forward-thinking endeavor.
  • Applied for and received $18.4 million from the federal government's State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to reimburse Florida for the cost of housing more than 4,700 known and suspected aliens who had been convicted of felony offenses.
  • Bureau Chief Dr. William D. Bales was selected statewide Employee of the Year, from more than 25,000 employees.
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