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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Security & Institutional Management
Bureau of Security Operations

James R. Upchurch
Bureau Chief
(850) 410-4390
SunCom 210-4390

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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 standards and monitoring security and operational management of all DC facilities; tracks levels of illicit contraband and weapons entering and/or manufactured in institutions; administers drug testing program for the inmate population; 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 1997-98

  • Conducted comprehensive security audits at 55 correctional institutions to include 29 announced and 26 unannounced audits.

  • Maintained an inmate drug testing program which accompanied by the Inspector General's drug interdiction program and enhanced search efforts has dramatically reduced incidents of positive drug tests.

  • Maintained an intelligence unit that tracked activities and trends regarding gangs inside of Florida's prisons.

  • Monitored the provisions of statewide work programs by the Inmate Labor Office.

  • The bureau's efforts at maintaining security systems and providing for security enhancements, in combination with its sections' functions, has allowed the department to accomplish the lowest escape rate in recent history (five from secure perimeters in FY 97-98) while overseeing a very large population of inmates behind secure perimeters and a statewide population in department facilities of 66,280 inmates as of June 30, 1998.
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