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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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


The Secure Drug Treatment Program normally lasts from 8 to 18 months. Between September 1, 1991 and June 30, 1998, 3312 offenders had been released from the secure drug treatment programs. About a quarter, 943 (28.4%) had successfully completed a program, 2001 (60.4%) had failed to complete the program, and 368 (11.1%) were terminated for medical or administrative reasons. Rates of successful program completion vary from a low of 20% to a high of 39% among the 6 facilities.

Across all facilities, 1049 offenders (31.6%) had been recommitted to state prison by June 30, 1998. Some 700 (21.1%) had been returned to some form of community supervision, while 1563 (47.1%) had no recommitment. Recommitment rates increase over time. During the first year after program termination, only 13% of offenders were incarcerated, but that figure increases to 37.5% for those out two or more years.

Among offenders who successfully complete programs, 70.7% have no recommitment, and 86.1% have no recommitment to state prison. Even two years after completion, 57.4% of graduates of these secure programs have no recommitment to prison or supervision.

Successful program completion generally increases with age. Among those 19 and under, only 14.1% successfully completed programs, while 33.3% of those age 35-39 and 42.5% of those age 40-44 did so. Recommitments also vary by age. Among those under 20, 39.6% have been recommitted to state prison, compared to only 29.4% of those age 35-39 and 20.9% of those age 40-44.

Secure facilities have served 2948 males and 879 females, 2347 white offenders, 1445 black offenders, and 35 of other ethnic categories. A total of 3827 offenders have been served by these facilities.

The average time to successful program completion is 379 days, and the average time to program failure is 127 days. The variation by facility is relatively large: The average time to program completion varies from 263 days to 515 days.

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