For Immediate Release
September 21, 2001
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TALLAHASSEE - In a report released today, Secretary Michael W. Moore announced that the Florida Department of Corrections, Community Work Squads performed 5,766,307 hours of work valued at more than $55.9 million during fiscal year 2000-2001. After costs, these work squads provided the citizens of Florida a saving of approximately $27 million.
"This savings is evidence of the department's commitment to be fiscally conservative and community conscious," said Moore. "Giving back to the communities we live and work in is an integral part of the mission of the Department of Corrections to be good neighbors while operating an efficient corrections system."
The department has historically provided inmate labor to work for other governmental agencies such as the Department of Transportation, the Division of Forestry, Department of Environmental Protection, cities, counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations. Through the process of making these inmate work squads available, the department is able to assist outside entities with their needs while continuing to fulfill its mission of providing an efficient corrections system for the citizens of Florida.
Community Work Squads is divided into three categories, Department of Transportation Work Squads, Public Works and Interagency Community Service Work Squads, and Contracted Work Squads. The Department of Transportation squads work under the supervision of DOT and DOC and perform work on all types of roadways and rights-of-way to help maintain the state's highway system. DOT work squads may also be used to clean up or correct and repair damages after a natural disaster. During FY 2000-2001 DOT squads performed 2 million hours of work valued at $14.6 million.
Public Works and Interagency Community Work Squads perform under local agreements between correctional institutions and governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Typically, these squads perform roadway and right-of-way work, grounds and building maintenance, mowing, litter removal, painting, construction projects, structure repair, office moving and cleaning our state forests and parks. They also assist in cleaning up after natural disasters.
Contracted Work Squads were initially authorized by the 1997 Legislature, an authorization that continues, and requires governmental entities to pay for the services of the work squads. On June 30, 2001, the department had 31 active contracts involving 33 positions supervising contracted work squads. These squads worked 318,777 hours at a value of $3.5 million during FY2000-2001.
DOC has work squads located throughout the state. The Community Work Squad program provides meaningful work for inmates and assists with the inmates' transition back into the community by developing and sharpening work skills and providing a sense of accomplishment through positive work experiences. For more information about DOC work squads, please visit the Community Work Squads Earnings and Value Added/Cost Savings Report.