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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

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Bureau of Research
and Data Analysis

Dr. William Bales
Bureau Chief
(850) 488-1801
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The Bureau of Research and Data Analysis analyzes the wide array of data on the department's offender information system to produce useful information for agency staff, the governor's office, legislature, other state agencies, the media and the public. An example of the issues the research bureau deals with include: offender population analysis and projections, statistical publications, conducting surveys, tracking and analyzing prison inmate and community supervision admissions, releases and daily populations; reporting on county jail detention facility populations, legislative bill analysis, research proposal evaluation, and the preparation of the annual report. Some of this bureau's publications focus on subjects such as escapes, violent career criminals, recidivism rates, surveys, sentencing guidelines and this annual report. To see these reports, visit our website at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/pub/ or call the number to the above.

Accomplishments in FY 1998-99

  • The bureau has been instrumental in measuring the outputs and outcomes related to the department's Performance-Based Program Budgeting (PB Square) efforts. Results in the areas of Community Corrections, Custody and Control, and Inmate Programs were primarily produced by bureau staff. Also, during this fiscal year bureau staff have been key participants in the department's internal audit to verify the reliability and validity of the PB Square measures.

  • The research bureau completed a report entitled "Time Served by Criminals Sentenced to Florida's Prisons: The Impact of Punishment Policies From 1979 to 1999." This report shows that offenders entering our prison system today will serve more time with us than at any time over the past 20 years. Detailed data by various crime types are presented in the report, which is available from the bureau and on the department's website.