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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Non-Secure Drug Treatment Programs:Sept. 1, 1991-June 30, 1998


The Non-Secure Drug Treatment Program was implemented on September 1, 1991. Between that date and June 30, 1998, 15,913 offenders were released from the non-secure drug treatment programs. About half, 8331 (52.3%) , had successfully completed a program, 6401 (40.2%) had failed to complete the program, and 1181 (7.4%) were terminated for medical or administrative reasons. Rates of program completion vary from a low of 36.8% to a high of 70.5% among the 26 facilities.

Across all facilities, 3614 (22.7%) of offenders had been recommitted to state prison by June 30, 1998. Some 3339 (20.9%) had been returned to some form of community supervision, while 8965 (56.3%) had no recommitment. Recommitment rates increase as the time since program termination increases. Prison recommitment rates increase from 7.3% for offenders in their first year to 28.2% after 2 or more years.

Among offenders who successfully complete programs, 66.2% have no recommitment, and 84.1% have no recommitment to state prison. Some facilities have had NO recommitments to prison among successful program completers. Over 92% of successful program completers are not recommitted to prison or supervision during their first year after completion. That figure drops to 54.4% after 2 or more years. But only 20.6%, even after 2 years, are recommitted to prison.

Successful program completion generally increases with age. Among those age 19 and under, only 35.9% successfully completed programs, while 57.8% of those age 35-39 and 66.6% of those age 50-54 did so. Recommitments also vary by age. Among those 19 and under, 26.5% have been recommitted to state prison, compared to only 20.1% of those age 35-39 and 14% of those age 50-54.

The facilities have served a total of 13,348 males and 3728 females, 9339 white offenders, 7592 black offenders, and 143 other ethnic categories. A total of 17,076 offenders have been served by these facilities.

The average time to successful program completion is 182 days, and the average time to program failure is 79 days.