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July 9, 2014
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Tallahassee, Fla – This week, Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews participated in the Florida Association of Community Corrections Professionals 21st Annual Statewide Training Institute, which was one of the many statewide events celebrating Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week - July 13-19, 2014. The vigilance of community corrections helps keep Florida communities safe and is an essential part of the reduction in recidivism.
Secretary Crews said: “Ensuring the safety of Florida families is the primary mission of the Department. We appreciate the tireless work of our community corrections professionals, as well as the support from our law enforcement partners around the state, who join them in protecting Florida families. Their efforts have helped Florida achieve an historic 43-year crime low.”
The Florida Department of Corrections promotes public safety by providing effective supervision of offenders in the community, holding offenders accountable and connecting offenders to services in order to reduce victimization and the reoccurrence of crime.
The current population of offenders on supervision in Florida is approximately 146,000 and the majority of them were in compliance with their probation and curfew mandates this past year. The Department’s community corrections professionals are diligent in combating non-compliance. From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, Community Corrections professionals and their law enforcement partners conducted 166 planned compliance initiatives were conducted across the state.
Community Corrections offices statewide hosted events to recognize the success of their efforts throughout Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.