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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2000
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420
or Director of Executive Services,
Peggy Ball
(850) 488-7577

DOC Budget
Provides Public Safety

TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Corrections budget recently passed by the Legislature provides new tools for a safe and secure environment for the public, employees and offenders, Secretary Michael W. Moore said today.

Chief among the highlights in the FY 2000-2001 budget is the special-risk retirement benefit for correctional probation officers (CPOs) and selected health service staff. CPOs have sought special-risk retirement for nearly two decades. Governor Jeb Bush recognized the importance of special-risk retirement by including it in his budget request this year. It takes effect in January 2001.

"Special-risk retirement has been a top priority of this administration and we are pleased the Legislature approved it," Moore said.

Furthermore, any member of the special-risk class (including correctional officers) who served between Sept. 30, 1978 to Jan. 1, 1993 will receive a three percent benefit based on average final compensation upon retirement after July 1, 2000.

Other highlights of DOC's $1.6 billion budget are:

  • 2.5 percent pay increase for most employees and all correctional officers and CPOs, effective October 2000. (Some special bargaining units, such as the professional health care bargaining unit, will receive different compensation.)

  • $5.9 million for security staff overtime, which is funded for the first time.

  • $3.7 million for salary incentive payments for correctional officers and CPOs to further their education by taking additional training courses.

  • $5.5 million for security enhancements at prisons and other facilities.

  • $1.4 million to help implement a victim information system to aid victims of crime in keeping track of offenders.

  • $1.5 million to help fund Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to track probationers and those on post-release supervision.

  • $20 million to eliminate the health care services budget deficit.

  • $13.4 million for phase-in of additional prison beds in anticipation of increases in the inmate population.

  • $4 million for institutional-based substance abuse programs.

Other issues addressed in the budget are:

  • FTE (full-time equivalent) positions. DOC will have to reduce 1,569 positions, including 1,208 vacant positions mandated by the Legislature and 361 positions recommended by the department. However, this will not jeopardize our public safety mission. The department was successful in obtaining legislative approval to transfer funds and positions among budget entities and programs to ensure public safety and to limit the impact on current employees.

See also the Budget FAQs.

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