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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Issue 1:

Enhance Public Safety By Effectively Incarcerating Inmates And Supervising Offenders In The Community.

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, over 26,400 staff members of the Department of Corrections manage 66, 280 incarcerated inmates. We supervise over 144,500 offenders in community supervision with more than 103,900 of those on probation. The department manages 131 correctional facilities including 60 major institutions (prisons), 5 privately run (contract prisons), 26 work camps adjacent to its prison, 29 community correctional centers (work release facilities), 11 stand-alone work or forestry camps or treatment centers, and 5 road prisons throughout Florida.1 Presently, Florida classifies inmates incarcerated by their escape risk and likelihood of harming correctional staff and other inmates. Florida's prisons house violent, nonviolent, weak, predatory, and conscientious inmates in a variety of correctional housing settings.

This vast management challenge is succinct rationale for the department's primary mission of public safety and why enhancing our public safety efforts is this strategic plan's primary issue. In addition, 38.5 percent of the public and 40.2 percent of the news media that responded to a 1997 survey by the University Of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, said public safety is the department's most important job.2

The public expects the department to carry out the sentence of the court in a manner that enhances the safety of Florida citizens. This is done by incarcerating inmates in institutions meeting the inmate's security custody level requirements, supervising offenders in the community commensurate with their security risk level, and providing inmates with health care that prevents or suppresses disease, disabilities, and mental illness. The public expects to be educated about the critical correctional issues that affect their safety.

Success in this issue benefits the public through cost-effective correctional strategies that efficiently incarcerate inmates in secure institutions and meticulously supervises offenders in the community. The results of these efforts prevent escapes, safeguard the correctional staff and other inmates/offenders, and ultimately protect the public by reducing crime, infectious disease, disabilities, mental illness, and taxpayer expense.

To succeed at enhancing public safety through effective inmate incarceration and offender community supervision, the department will focus on these five goals:

  • Ensure institutions operate in a safe environment where all reasonable security measures prevent escapes and minimize disruptions.
  • Ensure community supervision management maximizes the safety and security of the officers and communities involved in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.
  • Ensure inmate statutorily mandated health care through the most cost-effective medical, dental, and mental illness treatments available.
  • Improve the inmate incarceration and offender supervision processes through the increased use of technology.
  • Educate the public on correctional management and public safety issues.
This issue and its associated goals are affected by numerous trends, conditions, external influences, existing departmental capabilities, and technology innovations; also known as a Trends and Conditions Analysis (TCA). For readability, each goal has its own TCA that sets up that goal's supporting objectives and strategies.

Goal 1-1: Operate safe and secure institutions and minimize disruptions in correctional facilities.

Goal 1-2: Supervise offenders safely and effectively in the community.

Goal 1-3: Provide constitutionally mandated inmate quality health care through cost-effective medical, dental, and mental health treatment.

Goal 1-4: Enhance technology use to improve inmate incarceration and offender supervision.

Goal 1-5: Educate the public on correctional management and public safety issues.