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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Executive Summary

Probation and Restitution Centers

Probation and Restitution Centers are community-based residential programs for selected offenders under Department supervision, and recently released inmates. The program consists of a four (4) to six (6) month Residential Program Phase (Phase I) followed by a three (3) to six (6) month extended Support and Follow-up Services Phase (Phase II) during which participants reside within the community. The PRC offers a sentencing alternative to the courts while providing a resource for participants who experience difficulty meeting their court-imposed financial obligations to victims, the Courts, and the Department. Additionally, PRC's provide transitional assistance to newly released inmates during their re-entry into the community. The program provides a continuum of services that offer at a minimum employability, job placement and budgeting skills development and assistance; vocational and educational training through linkages to community-based employers and providers; substance abuse services; transitional housing; support services to facilitate successful participation in the community; and, other such services to promote personal responsibility, self-improvement and public safety.

Profiles of Probation and Restitution Centers
On June 30, 2006

Facility Status Facility Capacity
Jacksonville PRC – The Salvation Army Active 25
Pensacola PRC - Non-Secure Programs, Inc. Opened January 1, 2003 40
Orlando PRC - Westcare Florida, Inc. (Original Vendor) Non-Secure Programs, Inc. (Current Vendor) Opened January 1, 2003 Assignment June 20, 2003 80
TOTAL 145
Average Per Diem on June 30, 2006 $38.45

Workload

Table 3A: PRC Enrollment Data by Fiscal Year
  • PRC facilities began with one thousand seventy-seven (1,077) new enrollments in the start-up year and remained relatively constant from FY 1994-95 through FY 1999-00. Enrollments dropped to six hundred forty-five (645) in FY 2000-01 and to two hundred twenty-eight (228) in 2002-03, due to the anticipated closure of PRCs. Enrollments increased slightly in FY 2003-04 to 363. Enrollments dipped slightly in 2004-05 to 275, returning to three hundred sixty-four (364) in 2005-06.
  • For FY 2005-06, four hundred nineteen (419) different offenders participated in a PRC.
  • On June 30, 2006, there were one hundred thirty-one (131) offenders in the program.
Table 3B: FY 2005-06 PRC Enrollment Data by Facility
  • Nonsecure Programs/Pensacola-PRC had one hundred twelve (112) new enrollments in their third full year of operation.
  • Non-Secure Programs, Inc./Orlando-PRC had the highest number of different offenders enrolled in 2005-06 (246).

Outcomes

Table 3C(a): PRC 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. They are counted as successful if they completed at least one (1) program, regardless of the number of programs they participated in.
  • On average, PRCs had a 44.9% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits) from FY 1994-95 to FY 2002-03.
  • Success rates have decreased from 36.8% in FY 1994-95 to 28.3% in FY 2002-03.
  • The proportion of offenders whose final program outcome is an administrative exit has averaged 8.3% from FY 1994-95 to FY 2002-03.
Table 3C(b): PRC Outcomes for Offenders by Fiscal Year
  • This table shows outcomes based on a two (2) year follow-up after the offender first entered a PRC. For FY 2003-04, the PRC program had a 41.7 success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits).
Table 3D: FY 2005-06 PRC Exit Data (Event-Based) by Facility
  • Reviewing the outcome of the offender’s experience in each program from which they exited, the success rate varies from 35.9% for the Non-Secure Programs, Inc. – Orlando PRC to 45.2% for Non-Secure Programs, Inc. – Pensacola PRC.
  • On average, these programs had a 39.3% success rate with offenders exiting their program during FY 2005-06. Administrative exits averaged 6.2% for the year. As seen in the prior table, many of these administrative exits lead to subsequent enrollments in other programs.

Recommitments

Table 3E: FY 2003-04 (2-Year Follow-up), PRC Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • At two (2) years past program completion, recommitment rates for PRC program completers (33.8%) are lower than for program non-completers (59.0%).
  • Prison recommitments (new offense or technical) for program completers are less than half that for non-completers (18.5% vs. 44.5%).
  • There is a higher rate of return to supervision (new offense or technical) for completers (15.4%) than non-completers (14.4%).
Table 3F: FY 2002-03 (3-Year Follow-up), PRC Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • For a three (3) year follow-up period, PRC program completers remain lower than non-completers in overall recommitments (47.4% vs. 68.3%).
  • The greatest differences are for recommitment to prison (new offense or technical) for completers (19.3%) and non-completers (46.0%).
  • There is a slightly higher rate of return to supervision (new offense or technical) for completers (28.1%) than non-completers (22.4%).