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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Community Supervision: CPOs

Investigations, Collecting Fees Part of CPOs Duties

The Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services is responsible for developing, implementing, revising and monitoring programs in the areas of probation and other field supervision operations, sentencing guidelines, probation and parole databases, court-ordered payments, and sexual offenders/predators. Employees in this bureau are also responsible for developing policy for over 3,200 correctional probation officers and staff. Along with supervising almost 150,000 offenders requiring community supervision, correctional probation officers (CPOs) were required to collect the following fees from offenders, when applicable: cost of supervision, victim restitution, court fines and costs. CPOs were also required to conduct more than 360,000 investigations each year, including pre and post-sentence investigations, and to work closely with other law enforcement agencies in the community to ensure the safety of the community.

  • In FY 1999-00, the highest average caseload for correctional probation officers was for those supervising offenders on basic community supervision (76:1), such as felony probation, and the lowest average caseload for CPOs was for those supervising offenders on community control (25:1)
  • The cost per day for an offender on pretrial intervention is $2.23, while the cost for an offender on Community Control I, without electronic monitoring, was $9.11. The latter is used for more violent offenders whose movements need to be closely monitored, such as domestic violence situations.
  • Of the $83,252,503 in payments collected from community supervision offenders in FY 1999-00, the majority ($31,387,928 or 37.7%) were victim restitution payments, followed closely by $26,858,362 or 32.3% in cost of supervision payments.
DAILY PER DIEM
Probation and Parole*
$3.15
Offender Release Services
$2.96
Community Control I
$9.11
Electronic Monitoring **
$6.68
Pre-Trial Intervention
$2.23
*Per diem figures do not include indirect administrative costs of $0.82 for Probation and Parole.
** The per diem for Electronic Monitoring, which includes radio frequency and global positioning satellite, is in addition to the cost of Community Control I.

Payments Collected During FY 1999-00
Total $83,252,503**

Payments Collected During FY 1999-00; Cost of Supervision 32.3%, Victim Restitution 37.7%, Fines and Court Cost 20.8%, Subsistence 0.6%, Other 8.6%

* Community Corrections also collects other costs (crimes compensation, electronic monitoring, drug testing fees, surcharge and others.)

** Total collected for FY 1999-00 does not include COPS payments collected at Work Releases Centeres. Payments collected by Work Release were included in total payments collected during FY 1998-99.


Number of Investigation Conducted
(FY 1995-96 to FY 1999-00)

Chart: Rose from 256,749 in 95-96 to 369,699 in 99-00


Average Caseloads for Correctional Probation Officers
(FY 1999-00)
Community Control
25:1
Community Supervision
76:1
Sex Offender Supervision
51:1
Post Prison Release Supervision:
51:1
Drug Offender Probation
58:1

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