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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Our Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are the fundamental truths upon which all our actions as employees of the Department of Corrections are based. They represent the basic and essential elements that produce positive outcomes. The department will achieve excellence by promoting and implementing a servant-leadership organizational culture committed to the following core principles:

  • We abide by all of the laws of the United States and the State of Florida, and our conduct will be professional and always place the public’s interest above our own.
  • We perform all assigned duties in a professional manner without compromising the public trust and confidence in the department.
  • We are all role models!
  • We are all committed to successful inmate re-entry into our communities.
  • We treat all people with respect and honor their humanity.
  • We expect 100% accuracy and proficiency and strive for excellence in our work performance.
  • We expect continual process improvements and staff development as a means of maintaining our focus on increasing public safety.
  • We report all violations of rules, policies, procedures and the law.
  • We recognize the value of all employees and reward excellence.
  • We recognize and respect the cultural similarities and differences of those we work with and those whom we serve.