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Review of the Department of Corrections, Report No. 00-23, December 2000
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  • While the Secretary’s reorganization goals were commendable, the vision and scope of changes were not clear, some changes were made without adequate preparation, and little effort was made to gain employee acceptance.
  • Better fleet management is needed.  The department could save $586,962 annually through contracts for parts and obtain $150,000 for unused vehicles.
  • The Legislature should revise requirements for correctional officers to tie more closely to the demands of the job; the currently required law enforcement training makes the officers attractive to local law enforcement agencies, leading to high turnover and state training expense.
  • Although education, vocational, substance abuse treatment, and other programs increase prison security and reduce recidivism, a significant number of inmates do not get the programs they need, and thousands of inmates leave programs before completion.
  • The department should assess the need to relocate or open additional mental health crisis stabilization units.
  • Managing the collection and disbursement of offender funds detracts from the department’s public safety mission because highly trained probation officers function as fiscal clerks.  This function should be transferred to the Department of Revenue.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Security and Institutional Operations
Health Services
Inmate Programs
Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-27 Intermediate Sanctions for Non-Violent Offenders Could Produce Savings, published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 09-44 Department of Corrections Should Maximize Use of Best Practices in Inmate Rehabilitation Efforts,published in December 2009.
  • Report No. 09-07 Steps to Control Prison Inmate Health Care Costs Have Begun to Show Savings, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 08-71 While DMS Has Improved Monitoring, It Needs to Strengthen Private Prison Oversight and Contracts,published in December 2008
  • Report No. 08-16 Alternative Placements for the Correctional Education Program Would Be More Costly, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 07-17 Higher Priority Should Be Given to Transition Services to Reduce Inmate Recidivism, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-15 Corrections Experiences Turnover and Vacancies, But Performance Not Diminished, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-14 Corrections Rehabilitative Programs Effective, But Serve Only a Portion of the Eligible Population, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-13 Department of Corrections Zero Tolerance Policy Increases Offender Scrutiny But Is Not Based on Risk to Public Safety, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-67 Progress Report: PRIDE Is Tightening Its Business Practices But Needs Greater Transparency, published in October 2006.
  • Report No. 06-37 Several Deficiencies Hinder the Supervision of Offenders in the Community Corrections Program, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 04-61 Progress Report: Inmate Health Care Consolidation Progressing; Privatization Requires Agency Vigilance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-60 Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-59 Progress Report: Corrections Education and Rehabilitative Programs Significantly Reduced, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-58 Progress Report: More Efficient Use of Probation Officers and Prioritization of Victim Restitution Needed, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 03-68 Special Report: PRIDE Benefits the State But Needs to Improve Transparency in Operations, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 01-29 Progress Report: Florida Highway Patrol Fails to Achieve Savings or Demonstrate Impact of Adding Troopers, published in June 2001.
  • Report No. 99-39 Private Prison Review: South Bay Correctional Facility Provides Savings and Success; Room for Improvement, published in March 2000.
  • Report No. 98-87 Justification Review of the Florida Highway Patrol, published in June 1999.
  • Report No. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-42 Follow-up Review on the Equipment Management Information System, published in January 1999.
  • Report No. 98-15 Follow-Up Report on Hotel and Restaurant Regulation, published in October 1998.
  • Report No. 98-12 Follow-Up Report on the Use of Assigned State Vehicles and Personal Vehicle Use by State Employees, published in September 1998.
  • Report No. 98-08 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Support Program Administered by the Department of Management Services, published in August 1998.
  • Report No. 96-22 Review of Inmate Health Services Within the Department of Corrections, published in November 1996.
  • Report No. 96-08 Review of State Vehicle Maintenance, Report No. 96-08, published in September 1996.
  • Report No. 96-02 Review of the Equipment Management Information System, published in July 1996.
  • Report No. 12225 Performance Audit of the Correctional Education School Authority, published in January 1994.
  • Report No. 12143 Performance Audit of the Inmate Classification Program, published in July 1993.

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