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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Florida's Female Offenders Plan

As of the end of FY 2000-2001, female offenders in the state system accounted for 5.9 percent of Florida's total offender population. Recognizing the need to address this growing population, the Department of Corrections has written and adopted the OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR FEMALE OFFENDERS. From inception to transition, the Florida Department of Corrections is committed to the continuous development and maintenance of a seamless delivery system of programs and services designed to meet the specific needs of female offenders.

One of the department's primary goals is to address the needs of female offenders in an integrated and comprehensive approach to enable women, upon release, to effectively care for themselves and their families without returning to crime or criminal activity. We cannot overlook state and national data indicating that over 90 percent of offenders are released and return to their communities. Approximately 80 percent of the women in prison are mothers and most were single caretakers of minor children prior to incarceration. The goals, objectives, and methods set forth in the OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR FEMALE OFFENDERS present a continuum of programs and services specific to female offenders. They are designed to help women develop knowledge and skills that will permit them to become self-reliant and self-sufficient contributing members of their families and communities. Assisting female offenders to become positive family role models and caretakers is expected to reduce the chances of their own children in becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

PRIORITY ISSUES OF THE PLAN

  1. Ensure that the specific needs of female offenders are met throughout the correctional system.
  2. Develop a continuum of programs and services that fosters personal growth, accountability, maturity, and value-based actions that lead to successful reintegration into society.
  3. Ensure opportunities for female offenders to develop vocational and job-related skills that support their capacity for economic freedom.
  4. Prepare all institutional and community corrections staff to understand and appropriately address female gender-specific topics and issues.
  5. Ensure broad public access to Department of Corrections' information specific to female offenders' issues and related topics.
  6. Ensure a holistic approach for meeting appropriate physiological, psychological, and substance abuse needs of female offenders.
  7. Foster staff attitudes and actions that demonstrate professionalism and encourage an atmosphere that promotes opportunities for the positive self-development of the female offender.
  8. Foster maintenance of family and community relationships to reduce recidivism and promote the positive self-development of the female offender.


The following statistics give a more detailed description of Florida's female population.

FEMALE OFFENDER BREAKDOWN BY RACE - 6/30/01

RACE NUMBER PERCENT
WHITE 1,935 45.6
BLACK 2,067 48.7
OTHER 242 5.7
TOTAL 4,244 100

 

FEMALE OFFENDER BREAKDOWN BY AGE - 6/30/01

CATEGORY WHITE FEMALES BLACK FEMALES OTHER FEMALES TOTAL PERCENTAGE
16 & Below 0 10 1 11 0.26
17 2 16 0 18 0.42
18 7 13 5 25 0.59
19 19 23 3 45 1.06
20 22 46 4 72 1.70
21 37 62 8 107 2.52
22 42 54 2 98 2.31
23 43 56 9 108 2.54
24 48 67 10 125 2.95
25-29 252 314 40 606 14.28
30-34 359 396 37 792 18.66
35-39 455 442 40 937 22.08
40-44 345 320 39 704 16.59
45-49 186 154 26 366 8.62
50-54 59 53 9 121 2.85
55-59 32 22 8 62 1.46
60-64 12 11 1 24 0.57
65-69 12 3 0 15 0.35
70 and over 3 5 0 8 0.19
TOTAL 1,935 2,067 152 4,244 100.00
Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis

FEMALE OFFENDER PRIMARY OFFENSES - 6/30/01

CATEGORY

TOTAL PERCENTAGE
MURDER/
MANSLAUGHTER
626 14.8
SEXUAL OFFENSES 70 1.7
ROBBERY 336 7.9
VIOLENT PERSONAL 641 15.1
BURGLARY 390 9.2
PROPERTY THEFT/
FRAUD/
DAMAGE
733 17.3
DRUGS 1,234 29.1
WEAPONS 50 1.2
OTHER
OFFENSES
160 3.8
TOTAL 4,240* 100
Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
* Data unknown for 4 females

PRIOR COMMITMENTS TO THE
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6/30/01)

CATEGORY WHITE FEMALE BLACK FEMALE OTHER FEMALE TOTAL PERCENTAGE
NONE 1,442 1,162 203 2,807 66.14
1 273 400 27 700 16.49
2 123 231 9 363 8.55
3 52 137 2 191 4.50
4 37 81 1 119 2.80
5 6 30 0 36 0.85
6 1 18 0 19 0.45
7 1 5 0 6 0.14
9+ 0 3 0 3 0.07
TOTAL 1,935 2,067 242 4,244 100
Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis