May 26, 2005
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Governor Jeb Bush today signed the state budget, providing the Department of Corrections (DOC) with $2.1 billion to help remove and keep violent and sexual offenders off Florida's streets. The appropriations will increase prison time, expand electronic monitoring and build more prisons to keep pace with the growing inmate population.
"Governor Bush's commitment to reducing crime in Florida has resulted in the lowest crime rate in more than three decades," said Secretary James V. Crosby. "This budget helps us keep more violent offenders in prison and on electronic monitoring, which continues to make Florida a safer place for all our citizens."
The inmate population in Florida is expected to grow to 88,462 by the end of the 2005-06 fiscal year.
The FY 2005-06 budget will:
Other highlights of DOC's $2.1 billion budget include:
The Department's mission is to protect the public by operating a safe, secure, humane and efficient corrections system. The Web address is www.dc.state.fl.us.