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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary: Work Camp Programs

Work Camp: From FY 1993-94 through FY 96-97 there was a single Work Camp contract with Marion, Citrus, and Sumter counties. This program divided beds equally between the tri-county and the state, to house diversions from state prison and add additional county jail space. In 1997 this facility was phased out and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Workload

Table 5A: Work Camp Enrollment Data by Fiscal Year
  • The work camp(s) began with 134 new enrollments in the start-up year, increased for FY 1994-95 and then decreased. This program was ended in FY 1996-97.
  • On any given day, as seen in the June 30th offender counts for each year, the number of offenders ranged from 74 for FY 1995-96 to 152 for FY 1994-95.
  • Since 1993, the facilities served 1,023 different offenders.

Outcomes

Table 5C: Work Camp Outcomes for Offenders by Fiscal Year
  • This table shows outcomes based on a three (3)-year follow-up after the offender first entered the work camp. On average, the work camp had a 93.9% success rate for the most recent follow-up period.
  • Success rates were above 90.0% for all three (3) years of the program.
  • The proportion of offenders whose final program outcome is an administrative exit averaged 4.8%.

Recommitments

Table 5G: FY 1995-96 (4-Year Follow-up), Work Camp Recommitment Data by Level of Participation

  • Program completers averaged 51.4% recommitments, compared to 60.0% for non-completers
  • Program completers were lower in returns to prison or supervision for a technical violation, but somewhat higher in recommitments for a new offense.

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

  • For this cohort, at five (5) years past program completion, recommitments average 68.8% for program completers and 77.8% for non-completers.
  • Completers are slightly higher (33.2%) than non-completers (22.2%) in returns to prison or supervision for a technical violation, but are lower in new offense recommitments (35.6% vs. 55.6%).