(For a summary of changes and modifications to previous plans effective in the Agency Strategic Plan FY 1998-2003, See Appendix 1)
The format of this plan has changed radically from that adopted in previous years. The two strategic issues target subjects of particular public concern, specifically public safety and recidivism reduction. A summary description introduces each strategic issue. This is followed by a statement of the department's strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the issue, and associated opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis). Each issue incorporates a number of goals. Key indicators of progress toward goals and objectives are shown immediately after each goal statement. Objectives from previous plans have been reexamined and updated or deleted as necessary. New objectives have been established where appropriate.
Strategic management issues that relate to department administration are described in an addendum to this strategic plan. While not technically a part of the Agency Strategic Plan governed by Section 186.021 F.S., these issues must be addressed effectively if the ASP issues are to have a chance of successful resolution.
Issue 1: Ensuring Public Safety by Effective Custody and Supervision of Offenders.
Protection of the public is the foremost responsibility of the Department of Corrections. Ensuring this involves accurate classification of inmates and offenders under community supervision and effective levels of institutional security, community supervision, and community support. The actual overall population of inmates and supervised persons will continue to increase because of the increase in inmate time served and the 1995 Florida Legislature's mandate that inmates must serve 85% of their sentence. Following these and other mandated changes, there are indications of increased inmate tension and unrest.
GOAL 1-1: To properly assess, classify and place inmates and offenders according to their risk and needs.
GOAL 1-2: Construct, operate and maintain sufficient and appropriate prison capacity
GOAL 1-3: Operate safe and secure institutions and minimize disruptions in correctional facilities.
GOAL 1-4: To provide sufficient numbers of qualified correctional and probation staff to achieve effective and efficient custody and supervision of sentenced offenders
Issue 2: Programs Contributing to Recidivism Prevention.
Public safety requires provision of programs for offenders, at least 90% of whom will at some point in time be released back to the community. These programs include service and work opportunities that target the problems which lead to crime: substance abuse and deficiencies in education, job skills and life and social skills. The department plans to address these issues by integrating education and job training with institutional and industrial work, to maximize the individual's productivity through incarceration and community supervision, and after release. Although success in this area comes in small increments, department studies show that the recidivism rate (offenders returned to incarceration or supervision) over 24 months has declined from nearly 40% to 18% between FY 1988-89 and FY 1993-94. Even the higher figure is far removed from the 70-80% re-offense rates often quoted in the media. Perhaps because of this constant barrage of unfavorable publicity, the department must contend with marginal public support and inadequate funding for work programs. This issue presents a clear public safety need and opportunity for cost avoidance.
GOAL 2-1: To contribute to recidivism reduction by providing educational and vocational programs, and related services that maximize offenders' functional skills in order to aid in their societal and institutional adjustment.
GOAL 2-2: To provide effective basic health care treatment to inmates that reduces the potential spread of disease by unhealthy inmates inside the institution and those inmates scheduled for release.
GOAL 2-3: To contribute to recidivism reduction by providing institutional and community based drug treatment programs and other services that aid offenders in the avoidance of substance abuse and their successful reintegration into the community.
GOAL 2-4: To provide inmates the opportunity to discover and express their religious faith while incarcerated and to aid them spiritually and practically to turn away from their criminal lifestyles.
GOAL 2-5: To place inmates in work assignments that produce substantive results, reduce inmate idleness and provide opportunities to improve Working skills.
GOAL 2-6: To find and initiate partnerships with public or private agencies/organizations that will further fulfillment of the department's mission.