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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary

(Modifications from last year's FY 1998-2003 Agency Strategic Plan are detailed in Appendix 1)

An expanded statewide perspective, with a diminished agency operational focus, highlights the major modifications to this 1999-2004 Agency Strategic Plan (ASP).

The thrusts of last year's two strategic issues endure, but altering their wording reduced their operational flavor. Prioritizing each issue's goals, rephrasing them, or moving them to the operational planning level gives the ASP a broader statewide outlook. Incorporating the 1990-2003 Strategic Management Plan Addendum's issue, goals, objectives and strategies in this ASP's reciprocal parts permits terminating the addendum. Any remnants of the addendum not incorporated into the ASP will be embodied in the department's operational or action plans. This prevents the loss of vital initiatives and reduces the potential for confusion caused by a proliferation of plans.

Stakeholder comments led to a deliberate effort to improve the understanding of the difference in terminology between inmates, those incarcerated in prison, and offenders, those under supervision in the community. Previous ASPs referred to inmates and offenders in the single term "offenders" in both issues and goals. This ASP separates them and addresses them singularly to facilitate awareness of these two diverse correctional environments.

The department's senior leadership identified two strategic issues for achieving our vision and mission in service to Floridians. The first is "Enhance Public Safety by Effectively Incarcerating Inmates and Supervising Offenders in the Community." The second issue is "Enhance the Ability of Inmates and Offenders to Become Productive Members of Society."

The issues and their respective goals are discussed below. Details of each goal's measurable objectives with its result projection table and implementation strategies are presented in the main body of this ASP. There are "Notes" after certain goals or objectives that depict the linkage with the department's Legislative Budget Requests (LBR).

Issue 1:Enhance Public Safety by Effectively Incarcerating Inmates and Supervising Offenders in the Community.

Most general public respondents to a 1998 survey expressed that public safety is the department's most important job. The public expects the department to carry out the sentence of the court in an efficient and effective manner that enhances Floridians' safety. To do this, the department must prevent escapes, safeguard the correctional staff and other inmates or offenders, treat or prevent infectious disease, disabilities, or mental illness, and simultaneously, reduce the taxpayers' burden.

Success at enhancing public safety through effective inmate incarceration and offender community supervision demands the department will focus on these goals and what is done to achieve them:

  • Ensure institutions operate in a safe and secure environment.
  • Supervise offenders safely and effectively in the community.
  • Provide cost-effective medical, dental, and mental health inmate health care.
  • Use technology to improve the inmate incarceration and offender supervision.
  • Educate the public on correctional management and public safety issues.

Issue 2: Enhance the Ability of Inmates and Offenders to Become Productive Members of Society.

Attempting to alter inmate or offender life-management skills so that they are not inclined to repeat their criminal behavior is the essence of the department's second critical issue. Ninety-five percent of inmates and offenders will ultimately be released back into the community from which they came. Without effective programs and meaningful work opportunities, inmate and offenders will likely repeat their criminal behavior. To counteract this phenomenon, the department's tactics call for programs that integrate education and job training with meaningful institutional and industrial work that maximizes the inmate and offender productivity plus provides opportunities for positive behavior change.

The challenge of influencing the abilities of inmates or offenders to become productive members of society requires a departmental concentration on these goals:

  • Maximize monetary savings for state taxpayers.
  • Prepare inmates to reintegrate to the community successfully through academic, vocational, and specialized programs.
  • Promote offender societal readjustment through community-based academic, vocational, and specialized programs.