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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Appendix 7:


These key definitions are offered to facilitate the readability of this issue:

Absconded: An offender who has left supervision status without permission.

Community Control: A form of intensive supervised house arrest in the community, including surveillance on weekends and holidays, administered by officers with limited caseloads.

Gain Time: A correctional management tool to encourage satisfactory inmate behavior. Award of gain time is according to statutory eligibility and the inmate's behavior. See the Florida Department of Corrections Annual Report or visit the department's website at

Inmate: A person incarcerated in a work camp, road prison, or major institution.

Inmate Classification Core Processes: Classification activities related to the reception, case management, and transition/release of inmates.

Offender: A person under the supervision of a correctional probation officer or specialist in the offender's home community, on probation, community control (house arrest), conditional release from prison, parole, pretrial intervention, drug offender probation, sex offender probation, or other type of supervision.

Parole: A post-prison supervision program where eligible inmates have the terms and conditions of parole set by the Florida Parole Commission.

Probation: A court ordered term of community supervision under specified conditions for a specific period of time that cannot exceed the maximum sentence for the offense.

Recidivism: A tendency to relapse into a previous mode of behavior; relapse into criminal behavior.

Recidivism Rate: A return to prison or sentence to community supervision for a new crime committed within 24 months of the inmate or offender's date of release. The 24 months is based on the time from prison release to when a new crime is committed. This rate does not include technical violators returned to prison to complete their original sentence, offenders returned for a new court commitment for a crime happening prior to their release, or inmates released to another state (minimal opportunity to commit a new crime). Dividing the number of released inmates/offenders that recidivate by the total number of releases equals the recidivism rate.

Technical Violation: A violation of community supervision that does not involve an arrest on new charges. Typically, this violation is poor life-management skills, lack of education or employment skills.

Violent Offense: The department developed this definition of violent crime to guide the way it categorizes crimes. A violent crime involves actual physical harm or the threat of physical harm to a person, or the crime has a reasonable probability of causing unintended physical harm or physical threat of harm to a person.

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