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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Program Name: Prison Diversion Program (PDP)

Program Duration: Based on either the court order or the individual needs of the offender as determined in the Provider's assessment.

Program Description: The Prison Diversion Program is a pilot program designated by the Florida Legislative for offenders who could be sentenced to prison but would instead, be diverted to appropriate programs based on public safety and the individual offenders' needs.

The only Prison Diversion Program currently operating in Florida was developed by the Circuit Thirteen (13), Hillsborough County Judiciary, including the State Attorney and Public Defender's Office, and the stakeholders to meet the judicial needs of this particular Circuit.

The program provides cognitive behavioral services in four Tracks. Offenders are placed in a particular Track as determined through individual intake screening and assessment. The program was designed so that offenders could move back and forth in the separate Tracks based on their individual needs. (See pages 7-9 of the attached sample contract for further details.)

The goal of the program is to allow offenders to remain in the community, retain community support, access services they require, which includes, but are not limited to, life skills and employment assistance, within a structured environment.

Future programs may vary from Circuit to Circuit, based on the Circuit's particular needs

Recipients: Court-ordered felony offenders under supervision with the Department of Corrections who meet the criteria for eligibility (see specific details under RECIPIENTS Tab in this document).

Criteria for admission: All offenders must be court-ordered into the Prison Diversion Program. The Provider shall initially screen and assess the offender and provide this information to the Court prior to sentencing. For offenses committed on or after July 1, 2009, the Court may divert the offender from a prison sentence and sentence them to the program as part of their supervision order, if the offender meets the eligibility criteria, as per section 921.00241, Florida Statutes.

Agency Wide Implementation: The Prison Diversion Program is located in Circuit 13. The Department's goal is to expand this needed diversion program providing Legislative appropriation is designated for expansion.

Partners: DACCO, Inc.