|Issue 5: Develop Partnerships with Public and Private Agencies to Further Accomplish the Department's Mission|
GOAL: To enhance quality alliances and collaborations with communities as well as public and private sector organizations that promote public safety and prevention of crime.
To meet its mission and ongoing challenge of statewide public safety and quality of life within our communities, the department continues to forge working partnerships with institutions of higher education, local and state agencies, and community service organizations. Mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations include numerous prevention and intervention initiatives. Our partnerships often involve multiple state agencies and community organizations. Examples include programs such as the Partners in Excellence prevention initiative, the federally funded Even Start Program for inmates and their children, the Tour Program for court ordered juveniles operating in 21 correctional facilities, and the Community Correction's One-Stop Programs which are collaborative relationships with Workforce Development Boards statewide and serve as community transition programs.
The department's Innovative Partnerships and Community Linkage Initiatives program has continued to grow. The department published and update of Innovative Partnerships and Community Linkage Initiatives in October of 1997. This publication detail the numerous community partnerships throughout the state focusing on public safety and the reduction of crime and costs associated with incarceration.
The primary progress in the funding partnerships area is the planning and development of a grants tracking system. When implemented the database will facilitate the identification of potential partnerships, track the success of funding requests and evaluate the outcomes of projects.
By June 30, 2002, 100% of the department's partnerships will produce results stated in the individual partnership agreements and meet the criteria established in the department's partnership directive and local agreements.
Limited progress was made in expanding the Partners in Excellence statewide.
Nine (9) DC employees in Community Corrections in Circuit 2 are involved in student tutoring through the Partnerships in Excellence program at the Nims Middle School. These employees donate one hour per week tutoring these students.
Region 4 is extensively involved in the effort to reduce the dropout of at-risk youth. In Broward County the region has established mentor programs with five elementary or middle schools. In Dade County there is tremendous mentor program involvement with 15 elementary or middle schools and one high school. In Martin and St. Lucie Counties, mentor programs were established with one high school, three elementary or middle schools, the St. Lucie County Explorers, the Big Brother/Sister programs, and the Boys and Girls Club of Ft. Pierce.
Internship programs are already in place within Region 4 and various local schools are participating such as: FIU, FAU, Florida Memorial, BCC, FAMU, University of Florida, Florida State University of Miami.
By June 30, 2001, strengthen partnerships with state agencies, clerks of the court, sentencing judges, and other criminal justice agencies that result in timely, accurate, and complete sentencing guidelines scoresheets, as measured by results of annual reports.
By June 30, 2000, the department will expand the utilization of the Community Work Squad Program to 75% of the department's institution over the 1993-94 participation level of 61% of the department's facilities.
By the year 2000, increase by 300% the number of contracts with the private sector to provide prison based industry programs from a baseline of two (2) programs.
By June 30, 1998, to achieve quality and cost benefits for health services to inmates, the department will identify, coordinate, develop, implement, and evaluate 100% of the Health Services partnership initiatives.
By 2000, increase mutually beneficial partnerships with educational and vocational training institutions and other public and private organizations by 50% above the baseline number of 6 partnerships in effect on June 30, 1996.