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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Executive Summary: Jail Beds Programs

Jail Incarceration Programs are prison diversion programs in which non-violent offenders serve up to twenty-two (22) months in a county jail as a condition of supervision, in lieu of a state prison sentence. Programs may include work release, drug treatment, work squads, or other self-improvement programs as directed by the Sheriff's office. This program is designed to serve as a final disposition to any case whose presumptive prison sentence may have been twelve (12) to twenty-two (22) months in prison. If the above criterion is met, this program can also be used for nonsecure drug treatment, PRC, or secure drug treatment failures.

Profiles of Jail Bed Residential Program Facilities

Facility Dates of Operation

Number of
Beds Funded

Dixie County Jail December, 1994 -


Hamilton County Jail October, 1994 -


Jackson County Jail November, 1994 -


Madison County Jail October, 1994 -


Monroe County Jail* March, 1994 - Sept. 1997


Orange County Jail* August, 1994 -July 1997


Wakulla County Jail August, 1994 -




*These facilities no longer under contract
Average Per Diem



Table 4A: Jail Bed Enrollment Data by Fiscal Year
  • Jail facilities began with more than 400 new enrollments in the start-up year, and dropped to about 200 beginning in FY 1997-98. This year's enrollments total 202.
  • For FY 1999-2000, 309 different offenders participated in a jail program.
  • On any given day, as seen in the June 30th offender counts for each year, there are about 124 offenders in the programs.
  • Since 1994, the facilities have served 2,619 different offenders.

Table 4B: FY 1999-00 Jail Bed Enrollment Data by Facility

  • The programs are generally small, ranging from twenty-three (23) new enrollments for Hamilton County to eighty-two (82) for Jackson County.


Table 4C: Jail Bed Outcomes for Offenders by Fiscal Year
  • This table shows outcomes based on a three (3)-year follow-up after the offender first entered a program of this type. If they participated in more than one (1) program, they are counted as successful if they completed at least one (1) program.
  • On average, jail bed facilities had a 93.9% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits) for the most recent follow-up period.
  • Success rates have been at comparably high levels since the programs began in FY 1994-95.
  • The proportion of offenders whose final program outcome is an administrative exit has averaged 7.2%.

Table 4D: FY 1999-00 Jail Bed Exit Data (Event-Based) by Facility

  • Looking at the outcome of the offender's experience in each program they exited, the success rate varies from 92.6% for Jackson County Jail to 100.0% for Madison, Dixie and Hamilton Counties.
  • On average, these programs had a 95.8% success rate with offenders exiting their program during this fiscal year. Administrative exits averaged 3.6% for the year.


Table 4E: FY 1997-98 (2-Year Follow-up), Jail Bed Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • At two (2) years past program completion, recommitment rates for jail bed program completers (32.7%) are substantially lower than for program non-completers.
  • Recommitments to supervision are slightly higher for completers than non-completers.
  • Prison recommitments for program completers are far less than that for non-completers (18.5% vs. 47.6%).

Table 4F: FY 1996-97 (3-Year Follow-up), Jail Bed Recommitment Data by Level of Participation

  • For a three (3) -year follow-up period, jail program completers remain lower than non-completers in overall recommitments (49.9% vs. 83.3%), and this pattern is true for all recommitment types except technical violations resulting in a new supervision commitment.
  • The greatest differences are for recommitment to prison for a technical violation (15.0% vs. 36.1%).

Table 4G: FY 1995-96 (4-Year Follow-up), Jail Bed Recommitment Data by Level of Participation

  • While the overall recommitment rate increases, program completers remain significantly lower than non-completers in prison recommitments. Supervision recommitments show little difference.
  • About 63.3% of completers were recommitted, compared to 75.0% for non-completers.

Table 4H: FY 1994-95 (5-Year Follow-up), Jail Bed Recommitment Data by Level of Participation

  • For this cohort, at five (5) years past program completion, recommitments average 72.6% for program completers and 72.5% for non-completers.
  • Completers are somewhat higher (23.2%) than non-completers (15.7%) in returns to supervision, but remain lower for prison commitments (49.4% vs. 56.9%).
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