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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Secure Treatment Pgms.Outcomes Through December 31, 1998

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Secure Drug Treatment Program normally lasts from 8 to 18 months. Between September 1, 1991 and December 31, 1998, 3,655 offenders had been released from the secure drug treatment programs. About a quarter, 1,068 (29.2%) had successfully completed a program, 2,185 (59.7%) 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 20.9% to a high of 38.7 among the 6 facilities.

Across all facilities, 1,044 offenders (28.5%) had been recommitted to state prison by December 31, 1998. Some 815 (22.2%) had been returned to some form of community supervision, while 1,796 (49.1%) had no recommitment. Recommitment rates increase over time. During the first year after program termination, only 1.7% of offenders were incarcerated, but that figure increases to 36.7% for those out two or more years.

Among offenders who successfully complete programs, 72.4% have no recommitment, and 87.9% have no recommitment to state prison. Even two years after completion, 59.8% 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 15.3% successfully completed programs, while 34.4% of those age 35 -39 and 48% of those age 40-44 did so. Recommitments also vary by age. Among those under 20, 34.9% have been recommitted to state prison, compared to only 25.7% of those age 35-39 and 18.4% of those age 40-44.

Secure facilities have served 3,215 males and 962 females, 2,585 white offenders, 1,548 black offenders, and 44 of other ethnic categories. A total of 4,177 offenders have been served by these facilities.

The average time to successful program completion is 380 days, and the average time to program failure is 130 days. The variation by facility is relatively large: The average time to program completion varies from 261 days to 557 days.