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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Executive Summary

This report covers the time period from July 1, 1993, through June 30, 2002. Data are reported in sections: demographics, workload, outcomes and absconders. Each section includes an executive summary and sub-sections on each supervision/monitoring type. In the outcomes sections comparisons are made between types of supervision / monitoring as well as by type of offender within a supervision / monitoring type.

Some significant findings regarding Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring include:

  • The majority of offenders placed on GPS during FY2001-02 are categorized as violent, and more than half had at least one prior placement on Community Control, Radio Frequency (RF) Monitoring or GPS.
  • Violent offenders had a higher successful completion rate (13.0%) within two years of placement on GPS than other types of offenders.
  • Over one-third (36.3%) of sex offenders on GPS are still active after one year.
  • After one year on GPS, the percentage of revocations for sex offenders (16.4%) is much smaller than for other offenders (21.9%); however, the majority of all revocations are for technical violations.
  • The rate of absconding after two years was lowest for GPS (0.8%) compared to Community Control (3.0%) and Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (2.0%).
  • Less than one percent of sex offenders absconded within two years of placement on GPS.
  • More sex offenders (42.1%) received reduced sentences, compared to 33.8% of all other offenders on GPS.
  • After two years on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring, 31.9% of sex offenders were changed to GPS compared to only 4.7% of other offenders.

Salient points concerning the demographic breakdown of program participants by gender, race and age for new placements in Fiscal Year 2001-02 are as follows:

  • Chart 1A: The ratio of male offenders to female offenders is greatest for Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (85.6% male). Female offenders were more likely to be placed on Community Control (21.2% of total offenders) or Radio Frequency (17.5% of total offenders) than GPS (14.4% of total offenders).
  • Chart 1B: Black offenders comprised just slightly more than one-third of placements to Community Control (38.9%), Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (34.8%) and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (38.0%).

  • Table 1A: The 18-24 age group comprised the largest percentage of placements on Community Control (34.5%), Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (36.4%) and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (29.0%). Those under 18 and over 40 had the smallest number of placements in all three programs.

  • Table 1B: Offenders placed for a drug offense comprised the largest group for both Community Control (33.8%) and Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (22.6%). Offenders placed for sexual offenses comprised the largest group for Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (29.1%).
  • Chart 1D: Offenders placed on Community Control are predominately drug (33.8%) and property (31.4%) offenders; those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring are mostly violent offenders (34.8%); and those placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) are predominately violent offenders (58.2%).
  • Table 1C: Approximately one-third (32.6%) of offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring are sex offenders compared to 11.6% on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring and 3.6% on Community Control.
  • Chart 1E: While placements on Community Control have remained fairly constant over the past five years, there was a slight increase in the number of offenders placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring in FY 2000-01 and a decline in FY 2001-02. The number of offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring increased from 985 in FY 2000-01 to 1,053 in FY 2001-02.
  • Table 1D: More than half (51.2%) of those placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring had at least one prior placement on Community Control, Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring and/or Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring.

Chart 1F: One-Year outcomes for those placed during FY2000-01:

  • The most common outcome for those placed on Community Control is revocation (31.4%).
  • The most common outcome for those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring is reduced sentence (25.5%).
  • While many offenders are still active (25.3%) after a year, the most common outcome for those placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring is reduced sentence (25.8%).

Chart 1G: Two-Year outcomes for those placed during FY1999-00:

  • The most common outcome for those placed on Community Control is revocation (42.0%).
  • The most common outcome for those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring is reduced sentence (32.7%), with another 24.9% having a successful completion.

  • The most common outcome within two years for offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) is a reduced sentence (37.8%).

Chart 1G and Chart 1I: Average Time to Failure by Fiscal Year:

  • On average, offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) have a longer time from placement to failure than Radio Frequency (RF) or Community Control.

 

For more information, contact:
Murray Brooks
Bureau Chief, Bureau of Community and Institutional Programs
Office of Program Services
Florida Department of Corrections
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
(850) 410-4342, SC 210-4342
E-mail: brooks.murray@mail.dc.state.fl.us