The Department of Corrections has historically provided inmate labor, by way of Community Work Squads, to work for other governmental agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture, cities, counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations.
In total, these Community Work Squads performed 6,388,034 hours of work valued at more than $64.2 million, and after costs, provided the citizens of Florida with a net cost savings/value added of $35.1 million. Through the process of making these inmate work squads available to other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations the Department is able to assist these outside entities with their needs while continuing to fulfill its mission of providing an efficient corrections system for the citizens of Florida.
|Type of Work Squad||Hours Worked||Earnings/Value
|Department of Transportation||2,029,200||$14,949,945|
|Public Works and Interagency Community||3,854,692||$43,635,113|
|Contracted Work Squads||504,142||$5,706,887|
|Less Total Program Costs||($29,154,232)|
|Total Value to the State of Florida||$35,137,713|
This program also serves to provide meaningful work for inmates and assists with the inmate's transition back into the community by developing and sharpening work skills and providing a sense of accomplishment through positive work experiences.
James V. Crosby, Jr., Secretary