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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

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 6,426,353 hours of work valued at more than $68.3 million, and after costs, provided the citizens of Florida with a net cost savings/value added of $38.5 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.

Summary of Community Work Squad
Hours Worked, Value, and Cost Savings:
Fiscal Year 2003-04

Type of Work Squad Hours Worked Earnings/Value
Added/Cost Savings
Department of Transportation
2,038,696
$15,245,145
Public Works and Interagency Community
3,815,099
$46,162,698
Contracted Work Squads
572,558
$6,927,952
Less Total Program Costs
 
($ 29,809,736 )
Total Value to the State of Florida
 
$38,506,059
  • Department of Transportation Work Squads: These work squads work under the Master Agreement between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The work squads are supervised by both agencies. These work squads generate revenue for the Department of Corrections. In fiscal year 2003-04, DOT work squads performed 2 million hours of work valued at $15.2 million. Work performed includes all types of roadway and right-of-way work to help maintain the state's highway system.
  • Public Works and Interagency Community Service Work Squads: These work squads perform under local agreements between correctional institutions and governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. These work squads do not generate revenue for the Department of Corrections. In fiscal year 2003-04, the work squads performed 3.8 million hours of “free” labor at a value of $46.1 million dollars. Work performed by these squads includes grounds maintenance, landscaping, litter removal, recycling, construction projects, renovation, natural disaster cleanup and maintaining our state forests and parks.
  • Contracted Work Squads: These work squads were initially authorized by the 1997 Legislature, an authorization that has continued to date, and requires the governmental entity to pay for the services of the work squad. These work squads generate revenue for the Department of Corrections. On June 30, 2004 , the Department had 44 active contracts involving 48 positions supervising contracted work squads. In fiscal year 2003-04, the contracted work squads performed 572,558 hours of work valued at $6.9 million.

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