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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Recommendations

As required by F.S. 20.315(5), the Department of Corrections has developed recommendations for improvements to the department.
  • Increase the percentage of secure housing units commensurate with the increase in violent and disruptive inmates.

  • Conduct formal risk and needs assessments for all offenders sentenced to prison.

  • Expand the work assignments for all inmates available for work.

  • Expand the current scope of intelligence gathering to include individuals who present security threats based on selected criteria to include: special skills (computer hackers); military training; escape history; ex-law enforcement; and threats to officials.

  • Participate in the statewide gang database GangNet, administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

  • Fully implement the Institutional Classification Committees and the Statewide Classification Committee.

  • Automate all inmate records on the Inmate Record Identification System, eliminating the two existing hard-copy files resulting in one automated record for use by appropriate staff.

  • Expand institutional transition programs and post-release services through the collaboration of institutional and community corrections staff to increase the opportunities of a successful reentry of inmates into the community.

  • Centralize the inmate visitation approval and disapproval system, improve visiting park facilities to provide a more congenial atmosphere for inmate visitation, and automate the visitation registration process to reduce registration time resulting in increased time for visiting.

  • Develop and participate in a pilot project with Brevard County to receive electronic transmission of sentencing data from the county of conviction.

  • Contribute to the reduction of the recommitment rate of released offenders by providing effective education programs, drug treatment services, and job training opportunities while they are incarcerated and expand post-release employment services.

  • Increase funding available for use of GPS on all sex offenders under community control and post-release supervision and increase the amount of electronic monitoring fees paid by offenders under community supervision.

  • Contribute to the reduction of recidivism through the expansion of faith-based programs and the increased use of religious volunteers in all areas of the institution, including confinement.

  • Expand program infrastructure in youthful offender institutions with extended day curriculum supported by use of volunteers to reduce the recommitment rate of youthful offenders.

  • Standardize the treatment programs for female and elderly offenders and fully implement the female offender curriculum project.

  • Begin digital photographing of all offenders on community supervision.

  • Successfully complete ACA accreditation.

  • Establish a statewide Risk/Needs assessment system to most effectively utilize limited supervision resources.

  • Increase the department's ability to retrieve and manage data critical to public safety and agency cost-effectiveness.

  • Reduce the rate of assaults and other felony crimes committed by offenders in prison.

  • Develop seamless delivery of substance abuse treatment services.