July 2, 2015
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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Corrections today highlighted the exceptional cost-avoidance provided by inmate community work squads. As of May 31, 2015, the Department’s community work squads recorded nearly 1.3 million hours of labor, generating a cost-avoidance of $20,346,737* for Florida’s communities.
“The cost-avoidances garnered by our work squads illustrate the Department’s efforts to give back to our communities and the people of Florida,” said Secretary Julie Jones. “Working hand-in-hand with local and state organizations provides opportunities for our inmates to develop the job-related skills and values required for successful re-integration into Florida’s communities.”
The Department’s community work squads have historically provided inmate labor for cities, counties, municipalities, non-profit organizations and other government agencies.
For more information on Community Work Squads or their contributions to Florida’s communities, please contact the Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 or through email at PublicAffairs@mail.dc.state.fl.us.
*The value of work is determined by multiplying the hourly wage value of $16.13 times the hours worked. The hourly wage value of $16.13 is a benefited hourly wage value. The base hourly wage value is determined from the Florida Occupational Wages 2014 Edition prepared by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Added to this base hourly wage value are benefits for social security, retirement, health and basic life insurance.
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.