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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Goal 1-2: Construct, operate, and maintain sufficient and appropriate prison capacity.

Key indicators in assessing progress toward Goal 1-2

(Baselines indicated in parentheses)

  1. Total number of beds available for inmate occupancy on June 30 annually. (96/97: 72,102)

  2. Total number of beds constructed, but not funded for operation on June 30. (96/97: 5,911)

  3. Total number of beds under construction on June 30. (96/97: 8,229)

  4. Percentage of single-cell housing compared to percentage of violent/disruptive inmates. (95/96: cells 35.4%; disruptive inmates 40%)

Condition Description, Objectives and Strategies:

The current prison population, as reported previously in Chart 1-1, continues to grow. Inmates serving longer portions of their sentences render the careful planning for new construction and renovations of existing facilities increasingly important. The authorized increase of prison capacity from 133% to 150% of design capacity serves to compress the total space available per inmate for housing. Cell construction strategies are being modified to meet inmate management needs. Accurate decisions about close management custody of inmates is a very important aspect of maintaining sufficient and appropriately classified inmate housing. Due to changes in sentencing policies, many facilities designed and built to house inmates of lower security classification are now being used for housing inmates requiring higher levels of security.

Objective 1-2.1:

By January 1, 2000, increase the percentage of single cell housing commensurate with the percentage of violent and disruptive inmates as determined annually.

(Custody and Control Program)

Projection Table
Contingent upon annual determinations.


Strategies:

  1. Pursue funding to increase construction of single cell housing in the Department's Five Year Construction Plan. Lead Org. Unit: Administrative Svcs.
  2. Forecast the impact of changes in sentencing policy so that sufficient secure housing can be justified. Lead Org. Unit: Executive Services; Other Org. Units: Security and Institutional Management
  3. Design and develop a facility having increased security characteristics capable of safely housing seriously disruptive and/or violent inmates. Lead Org. Unit: Administrative Svcs.; Other Org. Units: Security and Institutional Management

Objective 1-2.2:

By January 2000, all security components of the Department's facilities meet or exceed accepted professional standards for security based on physical security and mission requirements of the facilities.

(Custody and Control Program)

Projection Table
Pending implementation of evaluative data collection system.

Strategies:

  1. Implement standards in the areas of facility design, perimeter security, and security staffing. Lead Org. Unit: Security and Institutional Management; Other Org. Units: Administrative Svcs., Community Corrections
  2. Implement an integrated security assessment and audit system. Lead Org. Unit: Security and Institutional Management; Other Org. Units: Inspector General, Community Corrections
  3. Develop and implement in the major institutions a computer assisted security staff post assignment utilization system (roster management). Lead Org. Unit: Executive Services; Other Org. Units: Security and Institutional Management
  4. Develop schedule and program requirements to systematically renovate older existing facilities which could accommodate higher security level inmates as needed. Lead Org. Unit: Administration