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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Programs and Healthcare

The following questions were asked to get a sense of respondent's knowledge of inmate education, counseling and healthcare, and whether they approved of these programs.

Do you think the typical inmate has access to educational programs?
Do Inmates Have Access to Education? General Public News Media DC Staff
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Yes78893.6%32492.0%442 96.7%
No546.4%288.0%15 3.3%
Total Cases 842 100.0% 352 100.0% 457 100.0%
Cases Not Applicable = 160/14/242
* Correctional officer/security staff was not asked this question.

Do you approve or disapprove of them having access to educational programs?
Should Inmates Have Access to Education? General Public News Media DC Staff
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Approve80991.4%34295.5%663 96.4%
Disapprove768.6%164.5%25 3.6%
Total Cases 885 100.0% 358 100.0% 688 100.0%
Cases Not Applicable = 117/8/11

Most respondents (93.6%/92.0%/96.7%) know that inmates have access to educational programs, and the majority in all surveys (91.4%/95.5%/96.4%) approve. The DC, through its Office of Education and Job Training, provides the following programs to inmates at various institutions statewide: Mandatory Literacy, Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED), special education, Title 1 (to assist inmates under age 21 to learn to read and write), computer labs, vocational education, library and law library and wellness education. Inmates who complete classes appear to be more likely to get jobs upon release. For inmates released in FY 93-94, those who completed an academic or vocational course were 11% more likely to be employed during the last calendar quarter of 1994 than the remaining inmates who were released.

Do you think they have access to drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs while in prison?
Do Inmates Have Access to Substance Abuse Programs? General Public News Media DC Staff
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Yes68987.4%29488.0%446 97.8%
No10012.6%4012.0%10 2.2%
Total Cases 789 100.0% 334 100.0% 456* 100.0%
Cases Not Applicable = 213/32/243
* Correctional officer/security staf was not asked this question.

Do you approve or disapprove of them having access to drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs?
Should Inmates Have Access to Substance Abuse Programs? General Public News Media DC Staff
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Approve79689.2%34695.1%676 97.8%
Disapprove9610.8%184.9%15 2.2%
Total Cases 892 100.0% 364 100.0% 691 100.0%
Cases Not Applicable = 110/2/8

The majority of respondents in all surveys (87.4%/88.0%/97.8%) know that inmates have access to drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs while they are in prison, and a strong majority (89.2%/95.1%/97.8%) approve of these programs.

The DC provides comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at 42 major institutions (prisons), 28 community correctional centers, Levy Forestry camp, three institutional and seven community drug treatment centers. These programs serve about 18,000 inmates annually.

(For an overall rating on the DC's success with drug and alcohol treatment programs, see the last page.)

Do you think the typical inmate receives too much, about the right amount, or too little health care?
Health Care Inmates Receive General Public News Media DC Staff
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
About Right Amount44164.2%21669.0%268 59.8%
Too Much15622.7%6019.2%157 35.0%
Too Little8913.1%3711.8%23 5.1%
Total Cases 686 100.0% 313 100.0% 448* 100.0%
Cases Not Applicable = 316/53/251
* Correctional officer/security staff was not asked this question.

The majority of respondents (64.2%/69.0%/59.8%) think inmates receive about the right amount of health care. Less than one in four of the general public and the press said inmates receive too much health care and even fewer (13.1%/11.8%) think too little health care is provided to inmates. About one third of staff (35%) think inmates receive too much health care.