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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Education and Programs

GOAL ONE

Ensure that the specific needs of female
offenders are met throughout the correctional system.

Objectives:
1.1 By August 31, 1999, establish a specific working unit within the Office of Program Services that is responsible for addressing issues, needs, policies, and programming for female offenders.
  • Lead Units: Office of Program Services, Director
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: 2 full-time positions are currently dedicated to the implementation and administration of this plan.
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.2 By October 29, 1999, analyze the data and information from the Betterment Program Survey collected at all female correctional facilities to determine a base-line on existing programs and the need for programs which will address identified needs.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit and Planning & Program Development
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.3 By March 30, 2000, design and conduct a comprehensive needs assessment survey and analyze the results and data to determine the services and programs required to address the educational, vocational, programmatic, safety, self-development, and transition needs of female offenders.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit and Planning & Program Development
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.4 By January 31 of each year, submit a report to the Director of the Office of Program Services that assesses the progress made toward implementing the Operational Plan for Female Offenders based on results reported by the CMR (Compliance Monitoring Report) (see Appendix II) due January 15 and July 15 each year. Recommendations for continued progress are to be incorporated into the report.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.5 On an on-going basis, review and recommend amendments on current operational procedures, legislation, and rules that affect female offenders.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Support Unit: Wardens of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.6 Beginning January 3, 2000, on an annual basis (or as needed), key administrative staff from the Office of Program Services will meet with Wardens of Female Offender Institutions and Community Corrections Administrators to review, advise, and recommend appropriate changes to the Operational Plan for Female Offenders in order that the needs of female offenders under the custody of the department are met.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.7 By July 31, 2001, the DC-30 , 31, and 32 computer data screens will be reviewed and analyzed to determine the compliance of timely data entry by staff working at female correctional facilities as well as to ensure an effective system-wide, seamless delivery of programs.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Office of Institutions (Classification)
  • Support Unit: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
1.8 By July 31, 2001, facilitate the review of the DC-32 screen design to determine if desired information is adequately and comprehensively tracking and monitoring female offender records, program status, and completion of mandatory and other classes on an on-going basis.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Office of Institutions (Classification)
  • Support Unit: Office of Information & Technology and Bureau of Research & Analysis
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-

GOAL TWO

Develop a continuum of programs that foster
personal growth, accountability, maturity, and
value-based actions that lead to successful
reintegration into society.

Objectives:
2.1 By April 7, 2000, identify the needs and methods required to support the standardized development or adaptation of programs that focus on improving family and community relationships of the incarcerated female. Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Planning and Program Services Support Units: Wardens of Female Institutions, Majors of Work Release and Probation and Restitution Centers, and P&P Circuit Administrators
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
2.2 By July 3, 2000, as mandated by Section 944.8031 of the Florida Statutes, the Bureau of Specialized Institutional Services will ensure, at a minimum, the availability of the standardized parenting curriculum for the female offenders and provide opportunities for the enhancement and continuation of mother and child relations. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: 3 mandated 80-hour parenting classes per institution per year = $22,000 (funded through the Inmate Welfare Fund)
2.3 On an on-going basis, identify and recruit volunteers and interns who will perform the role of facilitators and instructors for new and existing educational and betterment programs. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Assistant Wardens of Programs of Female Institutions & Bureau of Specialized Institutional Services (Volunteer/Intern Coordinator)
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
2.4 On an on-going basis, facilitate the implementation or the referral of designated classes and programs. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Support Units: Assistant Wardens for Programs of Female Institutions, Majors of Work Release and Probation and Restitution Centers, and P&P Circuit Administrators
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit, and TBD by approval of mandatory program areas.

    Recommended Program Areas

    Recommended program areas reflect subjects and topics that are considered central to meeting the minimum institutional and transitional needs of female offenders within a seamless delivery system (SDS) that provides standardized services. These areas represent the necessary knowledge and tools required to successfully re-enter society upon their release:
    • Academic Education: Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation, English as a Second Language, Special Education and others to be determined

    • Vocational Education: Mandatory Program Areas to be determined

    • Substance Abuse: Tier Programs

    • Parenting: Communication, discipline, rewards, mentoring, goal setting

    • Self Development: Domestic violence, writing for self discovery, your rights as a woman in today's society

    • Health Education: Nutrition, exercise, STD, smoking, breast examinations

    • Life Skills:
      World of work - applications, resumes, job searches, interviews, job skills
      Practical living skills - money management, housing, transportation
      Personal growth - goal setting, responsibility, anger control, moral reasoning
      Social skills - conflict resolution and mediations, getting along with people
2.5 On an on-going basis, implement education and betterment programs by using the action steps specified in the Program Implementation Checklist (PIC) and the Compliance Monitoring Report(CMR) (see Appendix III).
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Assistant Wardens for Programs of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Existing institutional staff

GOAL THREE

Ensure opportunities for female offenders to
develop vocational and job-related skills that
support their capacity for economic freedom.

Objectives:
3.1 3.1 By June 30, 2001, female offenders will demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, and abilities for becoming successful and self-reliant citizens as measured by the pre- and post-administration of the assessment survey tool.
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit, Bureau of Planning and Program Development, & Assistant Wardens for Programs of Female Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
3.2 By June 29, 2001, secure funding to purchase and place assessment instruments (such as Apticom) in the female reception centers to measure vocational interests, aptitudes, and basic skills which will assist in determining the individual need for:
  • Career counseling services
  • Vocational programs
  • Educational courses
  • Literacy programs to include English as a second language
  • Employment interviewing skills
  • Individual development plans
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit, Wardens of Female Reception Centers & Office of Program Services (Appropriate Bureaus)
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: TBD based on current market value of assessment tools
Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR) (see Appendix II).
3.3 By January 3, 2000 and annually thereafter, monitor result of transitional public assistance programs and inter-agency partnerships to determine the employment status of released female offenders. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Office of Institutions
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-
3.4 By October 29, 1999, establish a partnership with the Correctional Learning Network and the STEP-Star Educational Network to incorporate appropriate distance learning programming to address adult education, work force development, and adult literacy needs of the female offender. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Program Unit & Planning and Program Development
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit, Correctional Learning Network (STAR School grant), and other existing Office of Program Services resources allocated to offender distance learning programs.
3.5 By August 31, 2000, develop a local, community corrections resource manual to include, but not be limited to information on such subjects as: employment opportunities, housing, transportation, child care, health services, social services, etc. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Female Offender Female Unit, P&P Circuit Administrators & Majors of Work Release and Probation and Restitution Centers
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Existing P&P Staff and printing costs TBD.
3.6 By November 24, 1999, appoint a work group to evaluate institutional female offender job assignments and make recommendations for the possible creation of additional assignments which provide marketable job skills. Additional assignment may include: under supervision, a mature, educated female offenders may be trained to tutor, instruct, and/or facilitate literacy, academic and betterment programs. Compliance will be monitored by the Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR). (See Appendix II.)
  • Lead Units: Assistant Warden for Programs of Female Institutions
  • Support Unit: Female Offender Program Unit
  • Estimated Fiscal Impact: Utilization of Female Offender Program Unit and other existing resources
  • Additional Funding: -0-