March 4, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) today applauds the Florida Legislature’s passage of HB 1149 Alternative Sanctioning by Representative Ross Spano (R – Brandon) (CS/SB 1256 by Senator Jeff Brandes (R – St, Petersburg)). The Alternative Sanctioning Program was a legislative priority for the Department during the 2016 Legislative Session.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Since February of 2013, the Alternative Sanctioning Program has worked brilliantly in circuits around our state to provide judges with the option to take actions that are alternative to those traditionally utilized in response to a technical violation by an offender on felony probation. The Department thanks Representative Ross Spano and Senator Jeff Brandes for sponsoring this good bill and working to create a smarter criminal justice system in Florida.”
It is critical to the success of our agency, and those under our supervision, to employ innovative, strategic and data-driven programs that reduce recidivism, increase offender accountability, improve supervision outcomes and build safer communities. The FDC Office of Community Corrections has sought to accomplish this goal through the Alternative Sanctioning Program.
The Alternative Sanctioning Program offers the court and FDC an administrative method of reporting and resolving specified technical violations in an efficient manner in lieu of submitting a violation report, affidavit and warrant.
The Alternative Sanctioning Program has the potential to offer many benefits to both Florida’s communities and various partners in the criminal justice system, including:
To date, judges in 12 counties within 6 judicial circuits have agreed to implement the Alternative Sanctioning Program via Administrative Order. The Administrative Order includes the eligibility criteria, reporting process, specific technical violations that may be addressed through the program and the pre-approved sanctions for each technical violation.
To learn more about the Office of Community Corrections, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ccor.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.