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Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance, Report No. 04-60, August 2004
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  • Inmate idleness in Florida’s prisons remains a problem since our 2000 report.  Although work and education programs help prisons manage inmate populations, funding shortfalls have resulted in eliminating many academic, vocational, and substance abuse programs.  Currently, one-third of inmates lack meaningful work assignments.
  • Revised correctional officer training designed to reduce turnover has produced better trained officers, but had little effect on turnover.  Although officers who leave prior to one year are required by law to reimburse the state for their training costs, the department’s recovery of monies is low and has improved only slightly since our last review.
  • The department needs to better coordinate its construction and program activities to ensure prudent construction decisions.  The department has not adopted formal site selection criteria for locating prisons.  However, use of prototype designs has helped the department construct facilities faster and cheaper and the backlog of small construction projects has been reduced.
  • Although the department has taken some steps to improve its vehicle fleet management, responsibility for maintaining the $41-million vehicle fleet is fragmented and the department lacks reliable data on vehicle maintenance. 

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Security and Institutional Operations
Department of Corrections
Inmate Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-16 Alternative Placements for the Correctional Education Program Would Be More Costly, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 04-61 Progress Report: Inmate Health Care Consolidation Progressing; Privatization Requires Agency Vigilance, 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. 99-39 Private Prison Review: South Bay Correctional Facility Provides Savings and Success; Room for Improvement, published in March 2000.
  • Report No. 99-33 Private Prison Review: Lake City Correctional Facility Experienced Start-Up Problems, But It Has Improved, published in February 2000.
  • Report No. 97-68 Review of Bay Correctional Facility and Moore Haven Correctional Facility, published in April 1998.
  • Report No. 97-56 Follow-up Report on the Gadsden Correctional Institution, published in March 1998.

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