For Immediate Release
January 20, 2004
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Governor Jeb Bush's 2004-05 balanced crime fighting budget for the Department of Corrections focuses on inmate population growth, restoration of in-prison and community substance abuse funding and restoring some of the agency's infrastructure needs. The fiscally sound budget will allow the department to return to and focus on its core mission, protecting the public by operating a safe, secure, humane and efficient corrections system.
"Florida is experiencing the lowest crime rate in over 30 years, partly because we are building prisons and requiring inmates to serve at least 85% of their sentence," said Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr. "This budget will allow us to keep up with the continued growth in the state's prison population while maintaining our current infrastructure needs. This budget also restores previous cuts to in-prison and community substance abuse programs."
The inmate population in Florida is expected to grow to 84,624 by the end of the 2004-05 fiscal year. For the increased inmate population, the budget will:
Other highlights of DOC's $2 billion budget are:
Restores $12.4 million for substance abuse treatment. The budget allocates $8.3 for substance abuse treatment in prisons and $4.1 million to community corrections substance abuse programs. This returns funding to the 2001-02 funding levels, which was $30 million.