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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: Probation and Restitution Centers

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.

Profiles of Probation and Restitution Centers

Facility

Total Facility Capacity

Bradenton PRC

42

Broward PRC

58

Jacksonville PRC*

0

Jacksonville-Salvation Army

27

Lakeland PRC

30

Orlando PRC

60

Pensacola PRC

40

St. Petersburg PRC

39

Tallahassee PRC*

0

Tallahassee-Disc Village

15

Tampa PRC

40

W. Palm Beach PRC

33

TOTAL

384

Average Per Diem

$43.97

*These facilities no longer exist.

Workload

Table 3A: PRC Enrollment Data by Fiscal Year
  • PRC facilities began with 1,077 new enrollments in the start-up year and have remained relatively constant since 1994-95. This year's enrollments total 1,171.
  • For FY 1999-2000, 1,474 different offenders participated in a PRC.
  • As seen in the June 30th offender counts for each year, there are now about 407 offenders in the programs. This is the largest Fiscal year-end population since the inception of the program.
  • Since 1994, the facilities have served 8,027 different offenders.

Table 3B: FY 1999-00 PRC Enrollment Data by Facility

  • The programs vary in size from only twenty-six (26) new enrollments for Tallahassee-Disc Village to 233 for Tampa PRC.

Outcomes

Table 3C: 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. If they participated in more than one (1) program, they are counted as successful if they completed at least one (1) program.
  • On average, PRC's had a 47.4% success rate (successful exits divided by successful and unsuccessful exits) for the most recent follow-up period.
  • Success rates have increased over the three (3)-year period, from 36.8% to 47.4%.
  • The proportion of offenders whose final program outcome is an administrative exit has averaged 5.6%.

Table 3D: FY 1999-00 PRC Exit Data (Event-Based) by Facility

  • Looking at the outcome of the offender's experience in each program from which they exited, the success rate varies from 30.8% for the West Palm Beach PRC to 67.9% for Bradenton PRC.
  • On average, these programs had a 46.9% success rate with offenders exiting their program during this fiscal year. Administrative exits averaged 11.6% 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 1997-98 (2-Year Follow-up), PRC Recommitment Data by Level of Participation
  • At two (2) years past program completion, recommitment rates for PRC program completers (28.1%) are substantially lower than for program non-completers.
  • This pattern holds true for each type of recommitment except return to supervision for a technical violation.
  • Prison recommitments for program completers are far less than that for non-completers (8.2% vs. 35.0%).

Table 3F: FY 1996-97 (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 (34.8% vs. 59.5%), and this pattern is true for all recommitment types - prison, supervision, new offense, and technical.
  • The greatest differences are for recommitment to prison for a new offense (6.2% vs. 17.9%).

Table 3G: FY 1995-96 (4-Year Follow-up), PRC 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 47.3% of completers were recommitted, compared to 69.6% for non-completers.

Table 3H: FY 1994-95 (5-Year Follow-up), PRC Recommitment Data by Level of Participation

  • For this cohort, at five (5) years past program exit, recommitments average 55.4% for program completers and 70.2% for non-completers.
  • Completers are slightly higher (26.6%) than non-completers (17.9%) in returns to supervision, but remain lower for prison commitments (28.8% vs. 52.3%).