June 5, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Division of Development: Improvement and Readiness is proud to announce the statewide launch and implementation of Compass 100. Compass 100 is an integrative curriculum for inmates nearing release, allowing them to develop targeted and personalized life skills in combination with their current educational courses and substance abuse treatment.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “I’m incredibly proud of my staff for rethinking the way the Department operates and continuing to expand and enhance the opportunities and programs for inmates nearing release. Through programs such as Compass 100, we are able to take a more personalized approach for each inmate’s education. The more prepared our inmates are for release, the more likely they will gain employment and become contributing members in their local communities.”
Compass 100 incorporates topics such as punctuality, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication and problem solving into an inmate’s existing programming. Inmates are also required to complete “Thinking for a Change,” a cognitive behavioral and restructuring curriculum specifically designed to assist inmates to change their way of thinking and to provide skills to effectively communicate and solve problems. By the end of their programming, inmates will have also completed a “Readiness Portfolio” which contains well-developed goals, a resume, community resources, scheduled community appointments and program completion certificates.
FDC releases approximately 33,000 inmates each year. Research shows cognitive–behavioral programming, job skills and career placement significantly reduces recidivism. The goal of Compass 100 is to better prepare inmates for a successful career upon release and, ultimately, reduce recidivism and improve safety in Florida’s communities.
To learn more about FDC’s Division of Development, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/development-menu.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.