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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

This Year's Highlights
and Accomplishments

  • Established the Emergency Action Center, a central command post capable of receiving data from the field and disseminating it to executive staff 24 hours a day. EAC enhances emergency, escape and recapture efforts.

  • Collected approximately $83 million in court ordered payments from offenders. Of this total, $32 million was paid to victims in the form of restitution. Created a centralized system to manage payments.

  • The total value added/cost savings of all inmate labor squads was $54.9 million. Department of Transportation work squads performed over two million hours of work valued at $14.9 million. Public works and community service work squads provided 3.7 million hours of free labor valued at more than $38 million. Contracted work squads worked 240,000 hours valued at $2.4 million. This included DOT work squads, contracted work squads, public work squads and interagency community work squads.

  • Expanded prison farm food program from a few hundred to several thousand acres of cultivated farmland. In the first year savings to taxpayers are expected to more than double. The program increases the number of inmates growing their own food to almost ten percent of the inmate population -- approximately 7,000 inmates.

  • Florida became the first state to automate its internal classification system. The system is the cornerstone for many automation projects.

  • Supervised 71,233 incarcerated felons and 149,470 offenders on probation and parole. Admitted 25,743 new inmates and carried out the lawful release of over 24,000 inmates from the department's custody while ensuring that statutory requirements were met.

  • Completed the purchase and installation of new 800-megahertz radio system for eight prisons. This initiative ensures that each officer on duty has a radio. It eliminates interference and communication "holes."

  • Project Reconnect offered job placement assistance to 2,618 ex-offenders. These offenders are targeted for jobs that provide a living wage. Through a federal grant for youthful offenders, this program provided training, employment and transition services.

  • The Jimmy Ryce Unit screened over 10,000 sexual offenders for possible civil detainment. The Jimmy Ryce Act ensures that dangerous sexual offenders are not released into society without proper review of the danger they may present to the public.

  • Increased to 350 the number of sexual predator/offender and other violent offenders on Global Positioning Satellite supervision. The GPS program will expand to nearly 500 offenders in 2001.

  • Received national recognition for the DOC web site including awards from Lycos, USA Today, Yahoo, Best of the Web, and winner of the 2000-2001 Golden Web Award.

  • Held the first victim impact panel in a state prison.

  • Implemented Kairos Horizon, a faith-based program at Tomoka CI. This residential program operates with grant money from the Commission on Responsible Fatherhood.

  • Procured statewide institutional substance abuse services resulting in the standardization of drug treatment services.

  • Established use-of-force video review policy to ensure that all incidents of use-of-force receive an independent review.

  • Revamped and improved the routing and review of internal investigations to ensure thorough and consistent action.

  • The contraband interdiction unit screened more than 15,000 inmates, staff and visitors to state prisons last year to stem the flow of illegal drugs and weapons. Interdiction teams seized 33 firearms, 898 knives and an assortment of illegal drugs, making prisons safer.

  • Established new correctional data center in Central Office, moving 30 updated and enhanced local area network (LAN) servers to improve manageability.

  • Worked with the Legislature to provide special risk benefits for correctional probation officers.

  • Implemented legislation to carry out executions by lethal injection.

  • Enhanced use of electronic classrooms for inmate rehabilitation and education.

  • Trained probation officers to use the internet to supervise sexual offenders and predators.

  • Reduced paper files through completion of phase one of inmate record imaging system (IRIS), converting 30,000 inmate hard copy files to digital records. Scanned, indexed, and stored to magnetic optical media an additional 1.5 million records.

  • Established a central visitation authority to ensure consistent visitation procedures, policies and visitor background checks statewide.

  • Created One Florida project database to help recruit minority businesses.

  • 6,000 volunteers contributed 21,000 service hours per month, saving taxpayers $2.5 million.

  • Conducted 2.1 million hours of staff training.

  • Launched the first national web site for probation and parole. SPIN WEB includes photo and data on more than 197,000 supervised offenders, supporting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the maintenance of their databases. Data on all inmates, sexual offenders and sexual predators is provided to FDLE.

  • Contributed $510,000 for the production and distribution of the 10-20-Life mandatory sentencing public awareness campaign.

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