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:
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.