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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary

This report covers the time period from July 1, 1993, through June 30, 2003. 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 FY 2002-03 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 lower successful completion rate (10.7%) within two years of placement on GPS than other types of offenders.
  • Nearly one-third (33.2%) of sex offenders on GPS are still active after one year.
  • After year on GPS, the percentage of revocations for sex offenders (19.8%) is much smaller than for other offenders (27.5%); however, the majority of all revocations are for technical violations.
  • The rate of absconding after two years was lowest for GPS (0.4%) compared to Community Control (2.6%) and Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (1.6%).
  • Less than one percent of sex offenders absconded within two years of placement on GPS.
  • More sex offenders (38.9%) received reduced sentences, compared to 34.6% of all other offenders on GPS.
  • After two years on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring, 13.8% of sex offenders were changed to GPS compared to only 6.5% of other offenders.

Salient points concerning the demographic breakdown of program participants by gender, race and age for new placements in Fiscal Year 2002-03 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 (21.7% of total offenders) or Radio Frequency (18.7% 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 (35.8%), Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (33.6%) and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (36.2%).


  • Table 1A: The 18-24 age group comprised the largest percentage of placements on Community Control (33.7%), Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (32.9%) and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (29.3%).


  • Chart 1C: Offenders under age 18 comprised less than one percent of all placements.


  • Table 1B: Offenders placed for a drug offense comprised the largest group for both Community Control (33.6%) and Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring (22.0%). Offenders placed for sexual offenses comprised the largest group for Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring (31.4%).


  • Chart 1D: Offenders placed on Community Control are predominately drug (33.6%) and property (30.9%) offenders; those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring are mostly violent offenders (38.3%); and those placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) are predominately violent offenders (57.5%).


  • Table 1C: Approximately one-third (34.2%) of offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring are sex offenders compared to 14.2% on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring and 3.8% on Community Control.


  • Chart 1E: While placements on Community Control (without electronic monitoring) have declined slightly over the past five years, there was a slight increase in the number of offenders placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring in FY 2002-03 compared to FY 2001-02. The number of offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring increased from 1,053 in FY 2001-02 to 1,170 in FY 2002-03.


  • Table 1D: More than half (58.0%) 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 FY 2001-02:


    • The most common outcome for those placed on Community Control is revocation (32.7%).
    • The most common outcome for those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring is reduced sentence (28.4%).
    • While many offenders are still active (21.6%) after a year, the most common outcome for those placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring is revocation (25.1%).


  • Chart 1G: Two-Year outcomes for those placed during FY 2000-01:


    • The most common outcome for those placed on Community Control is revocation (41.6%).
    • The most common outcome for those placed on Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring is reduced sentence (30.4%), with another 26.5% having a successful completion.
    • The most common outcome within two years for offenders placed on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) is a reduced sentence (36.3%).


  • Chart 1H 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.


Note: The Passive GPS program did not begin until November 2002 and only had 62 placements during the fiscal year. Therefore, for reporting purposes, the GPS category includes both Active and Passive GPS monitoring.

 

For more information, contact:
Murray Brooks, Bureau Chief
Bureau of Community Programs
Office of Community Corrections
Florida Department of Corrections
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
(850) 488-4595, SC 278-4595
E-mail: brooks.murray@mail.dc.state.fl.us