January 29, 2010
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TALLAHASSEE — Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil today commended Governor Charlie Crist’s budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2010-11, which include a proposed budget of $2.5 billion for the Department of Corrections to maintain the care, custody and control of its 101,000 inmates and 156,868 offenders on supervision, and to expand its efforts to curb recidivism.
“I’m particularly pleased that Governor Crist has recommended funding for the operation of three re-entry centers, which will ultimately save millions by reducing recidivism by probationers and inmates alike,” said Corrections Secretary McNeil. “Currently, one of every three inmates released from state prison returns within three years. These re-entry centers will go a long way to reduce that recidivism rate by providing inmates and offenders with the tools to get an education, learn a trade, curb their substance abuse and become productive citizens upon release.”
The Governor recommended $3.19 million to open three re-entry centers in Baker, Miami-Dade and Gadsden counties. A total of 217 full-time positions are included in that budget recommendation for all three re-entry centers: 67 positions at the Miami-Dade facility, and 75 each at the Baker and Gadsden facilities.
Governor Crist’s proposed budget supports public safety by ensuring inmates serve their full sentences while advancing the Department’s re-entry initiative. Other highlights of the $2.5 billion in recommendations for Corrections include the following: