|Issue 1: Ensuring Public Safety by Effective Custody and Supervision of Offenders|
GOAL: To ensure the safety of the public through an effective system of risk assessment, security and supervision within the limits of department authority and responsibility.
During the past year, the department continued its effort toward ensuring public safety by reducing escapes to .15 per 1,000 inmates while maintaining a safer and more humane environment for staff and inmates. This was achieved through increased safety measures being implemented that enhanced both external and internal security systems. The external measures provided improved detection systems on the perimeter of the institution, as well as, at the entrances. Internal security measures included the acquisition of secure cell housing to more effectively separate the aggressive violent inmate from the rest of the general population. Further, we enhanced our efforts to reduce contraband and drug usage that impacts on safety and security for public, staff, and inmate alike. The risk assessment model for community corrections was automated statewide and eight circuits have been trained and operationalized. The past year has seen a huge emphasis toward meeting the objectives of Issue 1 by ensuring public safety through implementing effective security, custody and supervision measures.
By December 31, 1998, 97% of the offenders sentenced to prison will undergo a formal risk and needs assessment to ensure proper identification for placement in the jobs, programs, and/or supervision commensurate with their needs.
By July 1, 1998, the annual fiscal year escape rate from major institutions will be reduced from the FY 1993-94 rate of 13 per 1,000 to zero.
By July 1, 1998, the per capita rate of crimes against persons committed by offenders in prison will be reduced by 20% from the, baseline rate of 60 per 1,000 inmates established for FY 1994-95.
By January 1, 2000, increase the percentage of single-cell housing commensurate with the percentage of violent and disruptive inmates as determined annually.
By July 1998, all security components of the department's facilities meet or exceed accepted professional standards for security based physical security and mission requirements of the facilities.
By December 1997, 100% of offenders placed on probation or other community supervision programs will undergo a formal risk assessment resulting in an improved case management system, as compared to the baseline rate of 6% on June 30, 1996.
By December 1997, maintain the number of probationers and community controlees returned to prison for technical violations of community supervision at a level 15% or more below the FY 1993-94 percentages of 47% (Community Control) and 21.4% (Probation).
By June 1998, the rate of offenders having received drug abuse treatment who are not returned to custody or supervision for drug offenses within 24 months will increase to 80% from the 1995 baseline rate of 74%.
By July 1999, identify all Security Threat Groups and their members that are active in the department.