Since the Florida Department of Corrections currently has enough prison beds to house its inmate population, no funds were appropriated in 1999 or 2000 to build additional prison beds. The last year prison beds were funded was in 1998. That year $48,080,959 was appropriated for improvements to two youthful offender institutions; adding secure housing units to five institutions; and providing site work for three new facilities. These projects added more than 800 new prison beds to the corrections system.
1,340 Beds Funded Over Last Five Years
Work camps are the least expensive facilities to build and operate. They hold 288 inmates at total capacity and cost approximately $5.2 million or $18,000 per bed. Buildings are constructed by contract. Each work camp has two open bay dormitories.
Annexes to existing institutions house 1,499 inmates at total capacity and cost $43,200,000 or $28,800 per bed. All buildings are constructed by contract. Each annex includes six secure housing units and two open bay dormitories.
Institutions house 1,499 inmates at total capacity and cost $49,000,000 or $32,700 per bed. All buildings are constructed by contractors. Each institution includes six secure housing units and two open bay dormitories. The first phase of site work and utilities for Franklin CI is currently underway.