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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: Community Programs Report

This report covers the time period from July 1, 1991 through June 30, 2000. Data are reported in sections by program type. Each section includes an executive summary and sub-sections on workload, program outcomes and recommitment. Although the historical data covered in this time period has been previously reported, this report is intended to supercede The Community Corrections' Residential Offender Programs Report. Improvements in data collection, methodology and reporting format have allowed for the more accurate and complete portrayal of the data.

There is a companion report, titled Substance Abuse Report - Inmate Programs, that uses the same format to detail substance abuse programs in state prisons.

Salient points concerning the demographic breakdown of program participants by gender, race and age for new enrollees in Fiscal Year 1999-00 are as follows:

  • Female participants had the highest rate of participation in Nonsecure (25.9%) and outpatient (20.1%), while the highest percentage of male participants was in the jail incarceration program (88.4%).
  • While black participants comprised nearly half of the jail incarceration program (45.2%) they comprised just slightly more than a third (33.8%) of the outpatient program participants.
  • While the 18-24 age group comprised the largest percentage of participants in secure (36.5%), probation and restitution centers (56.6%), jail incarceration program (37.2%), and outpatient (31.5%) programs, they comprised a very small percentage of participants in Nonsecure (2.2%). The 35-39 age group comprised the largest percentage of participants in nonsecure treatment with nearly a quarter (24.1%).
Success rates (excluding administrative exits) three years after initial program entry for Fiscal Year 1996-97:
  • Are highest for the jail incarceration program (93.9%).
  • Are lowest for secure drug treatment (38.5%).
  • More than half of all offenders in nonsecure (60.8%) and outpatient (55.4%) are successful.
Success rates (excluding administrative exits) by age (at program exit) three years after initial program entry for Fiscal Year 1996-97:
  • Older offenders were more successful than younger offenders for all program types.
  • Those aged 45 and older were the most successful of all releases from Nonsecure (74.1%), Secure (64.0%) and Outpatient (66.4%).
  • Those in the 40-44 age group were the most successful of all releases from Probation and Restitution Centers (55.2%) and the jail incarceration program (96.9%).
  • Under 18 was the most successful age group of all releases from the jail incarceration program (100.0%).
Two-year recommitment rates for successful program completers in fiscal year 1997-98:
  • Are highest for the jail incarceration program (32.7%).
  • Are lowest for Outpatient (14.1%).
Two-year recommitment rates for successful program completers in fiscal year 1997-98, by age group:
  • Older offenders seemed to be overall less likely to be recommitted to the Department following their successful release from a program, with the exception of the jail incarceration program.
  • Those in the 40-44 age group were the most successful of all releases from secure (4.1%) programs.
  • Those 45 and older were the most successful of all releases from nonsecure (25.0%), Probation and Restitution Centers (17.8%) and Outpatient (9.3%) programs.
  • Those in the 18-24 age group were the most successful of all releases from the jail incarceration program (25.3%).

For more information, contact:
Pam Denmark
Bureau Chief
Bureau of Substance Abuse Program Services
Office of Program Services
Florida Department of Corrections
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
(850) 488-9169, SC 278-9169