For Immediate Release
June 5, 2002
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TALLAHASSEE - Governor Jeb Bush today signed the 2002-2003 state budget which will allow the Department of Corrections to continue to provide a safe and secure environment for all Floridians. "Under the leadership of Governor Bush, criminals are now serving 83 percent of their sentences, that is up from less than 50 percent in 1994," said Secretary Michael W. Moore. "Also, with the funding for the additional prison beds, it will enable us to make sure inmates are serving the full length of their sentence.
"With this budget we will be able to continue to operate a secure correctional system that is safe for our staff and citizens, as well as supervise offenders in the community at a level of security commensurate with the danger they may present," said Moore.
Among the highlights in the FY 2002-2003 budget is funding to restore substance abuse treatment programs. As a result of the 6 percent increase to the 2001-02 budget, 369 more people will be able to receive substance abuse treatment. Also included was funding for continued construction at Lowell Correctional Institution. This expansion will allow the Department to house 552 additional criminals making Florida's cities and towns safer.
Other highlights of DOC's $1.6 billion budget are: