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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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The Florida Department of Corrections

Strategic Plan
Fiscal Years 2000-01 to 2004-05

May 2000

Michael W. Moore


The Strategic Plan includes the Department's mission statement, four basic Department goals, strategic initiatives, and objectives.

There are ten strategic initiatives listed in the Plan. Strategic initiatives identify general Department initiatives that the Department plans to accomplish in the next three to five fiscal years (i.e., July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2005). These initiatives are not prioritized; each will be pursued simultaneously.

Objectives for each initiative are designated by letters (i.e., a., b., c., etc.). The Department plans to accomplish these objectives in the next one to three years. Objectives are not prioritized, except where the sequence of occurrence requires one to be accomplished before another.

The Plan will be updated as necessary through the Office of Administration.

Mission Statement

The Department of Corrections protects the public by operating a safe, secure, humane and efficient corrections system.


  1. Protect the public, staff and inmates
  2. Develop staff committed to professionalism and fiscal responsibility
  3. Ensure victims and stakeholders are treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect in making and executing administrative and operational decisions
  4. Prepare offenders for re-entry and release into society
Strategic Initiatives

1. To safely, securely, and economically incarcerate inmates and supervise offenders committed to the Department.
  1. Maintain appropriate number of beds consistent with the Criminal Justice Estimating Conference forecasts. (Administration/Institutions)

  2. Construct a Special Management Unit to manage the most violent offenders. (Administration and Institutions)

  3. Renovate housing and support facilities. (Administration)

  4. Expand use of electronic monitoring of offenders on community supervision. (Program Services)

  5. Reduce the administrative duties of field probation officers by centralizing interstate compact functions. (Community Corrections)

  6. Place photographs of appropriate community-supervised offenders on the Department's web-site. (Community Corrections)

  7. Complete and place on internal databases all procedures dealing with inmates and supervised offenders. (All Functional Areas)

2.To operate the Department in a cost efficient and effective manner.
  1. Continue to evaluate the missions of all institutions to determine the best use of resources and placement of programs and services. (Institutions/Program Services/Health Services)

  2. Evaluate in-service and basic recruit training methods and outsource when appropriate. (Administration)

  3. Complete the community corrections field reorganization. (Community Corrections)

  4. Utilize technology where appropriate to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness. (All Functional Areas)

  5. Improve computer capabilities in terms of response times and staff use. (Administration)

  6. Implement computer-based programs for preventive maintenance, fleet and inventory management. (Administration)

  7. Transition the institutional probation officers into field offices and appropriately train all institutional probation officers. (Community Corrections)

  8. Continue health care consolidation and privatization where appropriate. (Health Services)

  9. Establish a statewide system for handling corrective actions for career service employees. (Office of the General Counsel)

  10. Automate the case audit process within Community Corrections and train appropriate staff. (Community Corrections)

  11. Strive to lower the average percentage increase in expenditure rate for health care per inmate. (Health Services)

  12. Strive to decrease contracted average daily costs of community hospitalization to 80% of the average daily Florida hospitalization charges. (Health Services)

  13. Participate in a grant-funded project to allow electronic transmission of felony dispositions. (Institutions)

  14. Increase utilization of reliable technology, including stun-lethal electric perimeter technology, to provide security in areas where the technology is suitable. (Institutions)

  15. Provide sufficient program space at every institution to meet the needs of the inmate population. (Program Services)

  16. Strive to reduce approved inmate health care grievance appeals. (Health Services)

  17. Improve the statewide system for handling inmate grievances. (Office of the General Counsel)
3. To have validated classification systems that assess offenders for security or supervision requirements and program needs.
  1. Obtain validation of the internal (Risk and Needs) and external (Custody) classification systems through the National Institute of Corrections. (Institutions)

  2. Improve the automated institutional classification systems, to include the integration of security/program needs. (Institutions/Program Services)

  3. Automate a risk classification system in Community Corrections. (Community Corrections)
4. To prepare inmates for appropriate institutional adjustment, transition, and re-entry to the community.
  1. Provide programs to close management inmates to improve their skills and abilities to function effectively in open populations. (Program Services)

  2. Implement vocational/applied technology education programs as reflected in Florida's top 100 demand occupations. (Program Services)

  3. Implement programs that assist offenders in understanding the impact of their crime on all victims inclusive of family and the communities. (Program Services/Victim Assistance)

  4. Encourage visitation and correspondence to foster strong family ties. (Program Services/Family Services/Institutions)

  5. Improve Mental Health inpatient services. (Health Services/Institutions)

  6. Expand the number of faith-based inmate therapeutic communities. (Program Services)

  7. Implement mandated participation in substance abuse treatment and academic education programs. (Program Services)

  8. Expand Intensive Residential Substance Abuse Therapeutic Communities. (Program Services)

  9. Strive to prevent inmate suicides. (Health Services/Institutions)

  10. Create and expand inmate work programs. (Administration/Institutions)

  11. Expand agricultural program. (Administration)

  12. Support re-entry circuit drug courts. (Program Services)

  13. Establish Special Management Units for youthful offenders. (Institutions/Program Services)

  14. Ensure sufficient space is provided for inmate visitation. (Institutions/Administration)

  15. Enhance and expand Wellness Education. (Program Services/Legislative Affairs)

  16. Expand extended day programming at designated facilities. (Program Services)
5. To foster a safe and drug free correctional environment.
  1. Develop a system to help identify unsafe or hazardous working practices or conditions and reduce Workers Compensation claims. (Inspector General)

  2. Enhance the safety of Department staff by improving emergency preparedness, communications, facility design, and personal protective equipment. (Institutions/Community Corrections)

  3. Implement the Security Threat Reduction through Interdiction and Drug Elimination (STRIDE) initiative statewide. (Institutions/Inspector General)

  4. Effectively utilize resources for drug treatment, testing, and interdiction. (Inspector General/Program Services)
6. To consider the impact upon victims and stakeholders in all decisions.
  1. Develop programs and partnerships that facilitate a comprehensive statewide Community Justice/Offender Accountability approach to public safety. (Program Services/Victim Assistance)

  2. Make available and/or publicize relevant information about department operations to stakeholders. (Information Services)

  3. Support the "Victim Advisory Council," to ensure that victim input is obtained in all relevant decisions. (Victim Assistance)

  4. Establish a Victim/Offender Mediation Program to provide a forum where victims and offenders can discuss the impact of the crime as it relates to restitution and reintegration of the offender back into the community. (Victim Assistance /Programs)

  5. Promote Victim/Inmate Dialogue Program that will allow victims/survivors of violent crimes to speak to inmates in a secure setting. (Victim Assistance/Programs)

  6. Increase the collection rate of all court ordered restitution payments each year. (Community Corrections)
7. Recognizing that our employees are our most valuable asset, maintain a well-trained and effective workforce.
  1. Continue to provide our employees with opportunities and encouragement for professional growth and development. (Administration)

  2. Develop distance learning media and partnerships with educational entities to provide statewide training opportunities. (Administration)

  3. Provide in-service training on the impact of crime on victims and sensitivity to victim concerns. (Administration)

  4. Continue to provide on-going training for emergency management. (Administration)

  5. Seek law enforcement certification status for Correctional Officer Inspectors. (Inspector General/Legislative Affairs)

  6. Provide technical assistance, oversight and monitoring of all teacher certification activities including the continued implementation and refinement of the Master In-service Plan for teacher re-certification. (Program Services)
8. To manage inmates with special needs in the most cost efficient and effective manner possible.
  1. Enhance programs for special needs inmates. (Program Services)

  2. Foster maintenance of family and community relationships. (Program Services)
9. To have an effective and comprehensive quality assurance program.
  1. Affirm the Department's commitment to the American Correctional Association accreditation process and provide support to institutions and community corrections in working toward accreditation. (Inspector General)

  2. Monitor the Department's performance in meeting outcome and output standards as approved by the Legislature. (Administration/Inspector General)

  3. Develop resources for conducting operational reviews. (Inspector General)

  4. Implement an "Institutional Management Summary" report that focuses on performance results of key institutional security, Institutional Classification Team, and State Classification Office actions. (Institutions)

  5. Develop a contract monitoring program. (Deputy Secretary)
10. To promote public awareness by encouraging and facilitating contributions to the overall well being of communities.
  1. Encourage staff participation in community service activities and projects that assist people in need. (All Functional Areas)

  2. Encourage staff to identify community service projects that benefit communities. (All Functional Areas)

  3. Expand the use of the Department's information and media systems to communicate to the public, contributions made by staff, inmates, and offenders. (Executive Affairs)

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