May 25, 2006
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Tallahassee - Governor Jeb Bush today signed Florida's 2006-2007 budget, allocating $2.26 billion to the Department of Corrections (DOC). The funding supports DOC's mission of ensuring public safety, care, security and development of employees, and supervision and rehabilitation of those in our charge.
"I thank Governor Bush for his steadfast support to strengthening public safety," said DOC Secretary James McDonough. "The '06-07 budget is fiscally responsible and effectively addresses the Department's needs for next year."
Since 1999, Governor Bush has led the way to making sure inmates serve at least 85 percent of their sentences, ensuring Florida will not grant early releases of prisoners. Florida's prisons have also received funding to build necessary prison beds, lessening facility overcrowding. DOC currently houses more than 86,000 inmates and supervises more than 144,000 offenders in communities across Florida. These policies have substantially reduced Florida's crime rate, which is currently the lowest in more than 30 years.
Additionally, the budget gives DOC necessary funds to move forward with second-year implementation of the Jessica Lunsford Act, to ensure proper supervision and tracking of Florida's sexual offenders and predators.
The budget will also ensure eligible offenders get substance abuse treatment; a vital component in reducing recidivism and keeping Florida's communities safe.
The 2006-2007 budget includes: