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Press Release
May 26, 2005
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Budget to Help Remove More Violent and Sexual Offenders
Corrections appropriations will provide for a safer Florida

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:

  • Phase in 3,451 prison beds statewide, to ensure criminals in Florida continue to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences (compared to about 37 percent in the 1980's)
  • Fund $34.1 million and provide for 747 new positions for security, health care services, programs and other prison support staff, to accommodate the increased inmate population

Other highlights of DOC's $2.1 billion budget include:

  • An additional $19.9 million for the construction of 2,866 new prison beds to be completed by 2008. Specifically:
    • To begin construction of the Wakulla Correctional Institution Annex (2,022 beds)
    • Construct one work camp (262 beds)
    • Construct additional open bay housing units at the Reception and Medical Center and Taylor Correctional Institution Work Camps (131 beds each)
    • Construct an additional secure housing unit at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution Annex (320 beds)
  • An additional 1,074 private prison beds within existing private facilities and the planned private facility in Graceville
  • An additional $1 million for electronic monitoring for offenders
  • A 3.6 percent pay increase for all Department employees and an additional 2 percent pay increase for qualifying employees in the security services collective bargaining unit
  • $7.6 million for the implementation of the Jessica Lunsford Act, which includes money for electronic monitoring, prison bed construction, staff support and inmate per diem

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.