By Secretary Michael W. Moore
Secretary Michael W. Moore
With public safety as its mission, providing for front-line security staff will always be our department's top priority. This year, we put more taxpayer money on the front line where correctional officers and probation officers work with offenders. These men and women face danger every day.
We in state government must become well-informed agents of change to deliver ever-improving services to the citizens of Florida. With Governor Jeb Bush's leadership, we are getting smarter on crime and tougher on the bottom line.
The Department of Corrections completed the reorganization begun in 1999. Using state-of-the-art technology, we found new ways to become more efficient. Plain and simple, we adopted the enterprise philosophy, embraced technology that works, and integrated business management principles into our organization. These initiatives protect the public and our most important asset, our correctional employees.
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With the mainframe computer as our workhorse, with a stronger centralized authority for the department's expanding use of technology, we protect with high tech.
We have reduced administrative costs by 30 percent since 1999. We reduced the number of administrative employees by 35 percent. We centralized and standardized purchasing functions and inventory. We are taking a competitive business approach, seeking private sector bids for services like food preparation and inmate health care. We did this without cutting our education or drug treatment programs, two of the most important tools we have to prepare offenders for release and re-entry into society.
The real work of corrections is rarely done in an office. We put our money where correctional officers work face-to-face with prisoners and where probation officers keep offenders under a watchful eye.