June 23, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Corrections today highlights Governor Rick Scott’s “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “The ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget embodies Governor Scott’s commitment to progress and reform in the Florida Department of Corrections. The Department is undergoing true reform that focuses on compassionate and rehabilitative initiatives that transform the lives of those in our care. The Governor’s budget provides generous funding that allows the Department to fill critical vacancies within our institutions, expand mental health and substance programs, increase electronic monitoring of inmates and offenders and begin critical updates and repairs to aging facilities. The ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget is critical to securing the resources and personnel needed to continue Florida’s historic recidivism low, and 44 year crime low.”
Sheriff David Shoar, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association said, “Ensuring the safety of Florida’s families is the top priority of sheriff’s offices statewide. The Florida Sheriffs Association applauds Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for continuing to focus on the safety of all Floridians through increased funding for electronic monitoring programs.”
Mike Hansen, President and CEO of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health said, “The Governor’s ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget provides essential funding for programs that support the treatment and reintegration of Floridians with mental illness into our communities. The Florida Council for Community Mental Health hails Governor Scott for his commitment to providing the mentally ill with the transitional care and services needed for rehabilitation.”
Mark Fontaine, Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association said, “The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association applauds Governor Scott’s continued commitment to addressing mental illness and substance abuse with offenders. The funding in Governor Scott’s ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget underscores the Governor’s dedication to creating a rehabilitative environment for our state’s most vulnerable offenders, offering them the tools and services they need to succeed upon release.”
The Honorable Frank Quesada, Circuit Court Judge for Florida 6th Judicial Circuit said, “Investing in programs that provide inmates and offenders with valuable life skills is critical to reducing crime and victimization in Florida. I thank Governor Scott for his vision and support of community corrections initiatives that will transform the lives of those in our judicial system.”
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.