Probation and Restitution Centers are medium intensity residential programs for selected offenders on probation or community control who require more supervision. The program length is approximately five (5) months. The PRC offers the court an alternative sanction, providing a highly structured environment that stresses employment and restitution to the victim, community service work, GED and basic life skills, group and individual counseling, and other opportunities for self-improvement. All offenders in the PRC receive a substance abuse evaluation and, if treatment is needed, are treated at the PRC facility.
|Facility||Total Facility Capacity|
|Lakeland PRC - closed January, 2001||30|
|St. Petersburg PRC||39|
|Tampa PRC- closed June, 2001||40|
|W. Palm Beach PRC - closed December, 2000||33|
|*These facilities no longer exist.|
Note:It was anticipated that the PRC's would not be funded after FY 2000-01. Closure of some centers was initiated to ensure staff could be appropriately placed and residents transitioned efficiently in this event.
The 2001-2002 state budget did, in fact, fund the program. The department is in the process of filling vacant staff positions and receiving court ordered residents at this time.
A new and innovative program design for PRC's, maintaining statutory required elements, is now being reviewed and developed and statewide bed capacity is expected to return to 400 during FY 2001-2002.