The revised Operational Plan for Female Offenders provides a framework for developing and monitoring a seamless delivery of programs and services for female offenders equivalent to those which are provided for male offenders. Mandatory staff training and professional development will support improved and accountable delivery of services. The Appendix contains reference documents and forms that will assist in implementing and monitoring this plan.
The Florida Department of Correction's 1998 Annual Report profiles the 3,512 women incarcerated in Florida as follows:
According to the U. S. Department of Justice , incarcerated women have some needs that are quite different from the needs of men. This is due in part from women's disproportionate victimization from sexual or physical abuse and in part from their responsibility for children. Women offenders are also more likely than men to have become addicted to drugs, to have mental illness, and to have been unemployed before incarceration.
The latest available U. S. Bureau of Justice National Survey of State Prison Inmates reports:
The National Correctional Association policy concerning female offenders was ratified in 1984 by the American Correctional Association (ACA) . The Board of Governors and Delegate Assembly adopted it in 1995. The amended policy provided that correctional agencies develop service delivery systems comparable to those provided to male offenders for accused and adjudicated female offenders. Furthermore, it recommended that additional services be provided to meet the unique needs of the female offender population. The policy addresses the following:
With the support of national policy, the mandates of the Florida Legislature, and the establishment of a female offender program unit, the Department of Corrections is positioned to strengthen successful programs and services as well as address the ongoing issues and needs of female offenders. This integrated and comprehensive approach is designed to enable women, upon release, to effectively care for themselves and their families without returning to criminal activity.
This section presents the goals and objectives necessary to implement this plan. There are seven goals located within four sections. Each section represents a substantive area within the Department of Corrections: Education and Programs, Staff Development and Training, Health and Wellness Services, Security and Institutional Management.
Each objective identifies lead and support units responsible, as well as estimated fiscal impact for implementation. Appendix II contains the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR) which details the specific actions and tasks required by lead and support units to satisfy each objective. Each project leader is required to complete, sign, and submit CMR's as directed. When a program has been implemented, the Warden will submit the Program Implementation Checklist (PIC) to the Female Offender Program Unit. Appendix IV includes specific instructions for completing these required forms.