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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Secure Treatment Pgms. Outcomes Through June 30, 1999


The Secure Drug Treatment Program normally lasts from 8 to 18 months. Between September 1, 1991 and June 30, 1999, 3,841 offenders had been released from the secure drug treatment programs. About a quarter, 1,166 (30.3%) had successfully completed a program, 2,243 (58.3%) had failed to complete the program, and 432 (11.2%) were terminated for medical or administrative reasons. Rates of successful program completion vary from a low of 22.3% to a high of 39.4 among the 6 facilities.

Across all facilities, 1,291 offenders (33.6%) had been recommitted to state prison by June 30, 1999. Some 913 (23.7%) had been returned to some form of community supervision, while 1,637 (42.6%) had no recommitment. Recommitment rates increase over time. During the first year after program termination, only 9% of offenders were incarcerated, but that figure increases to 38.4% for those out two or more years.

Among offenders who successfully complete programs, 66.1% have no recommitment, and 83.5% have no recommitment to state prison. Even two years after completion, 55.9% 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 15.7% successfully completed programs, while 35.3% of those age 35-39 and 44.4% of those age 40-44 did so. Recommitments also vary by age. Among those under 20, 39.1% have been recommitted to state prison, compared to only 33.7% of those age 35-39 and 24% of those age 40-44.

Secure facilities have served 3,524 males and 1,029 females, 2,828 white offenders, 1,675 black offenders, and 50 of other ethnic categories. A total of 4,553 offenders have been served by these facilities.

The average time to successful program completion is 377 days, and the average time to program failure is 132 days. The variation by facility is relatively large: The average time to program completion varies from 260 days to 557 days.

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