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Performance Audit of the Implementation of Control Release Supervision Administered by the Florida Parole Commission and the Department of Corrections , Report No. 12226, January 1994

  • With implementation of control release, the percentage of inmates released from prison to a term of supervision has increased from 35% of inmates released in fiscal year 1987-88 to 72% in fiscal year 1992-93. The purpose of the term of control release supervision is not clearly defined. Control release offenders are subject to limited surveillance and control, and few resources and services are available to assist their re-entry into the community. Offenders placed in control release supervision receive minimal levels of surveillance. As a result, control release supervision may not be significantly protecting the public's safety. Offenders under regular control release supervision are subject to the lowest levels of surveillance and control of any of the Department's direct supervision programs.
  • The Control Release Authority (CRA) and DOC lack alternatives to the reincarceration of offenders whose supervision has been revoked. During fiscal year 1991-92, the CRA returned nearly 3,000 offenders to prison for violating control release. Approximately 60% of these cases violated specific conditions of supervision that did not involve the commission of new crimes. The reincarceration of offenders who have not committed new crimes may work against the primary purpose of control release, which is to selectively release offenders from prison to maintain the state prison system population within lawful capacity.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Parole Commission (FPC)
Victims and Release Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-15 Parole Commission Operations Consistent with Its Mission; Clemency Workload Needs to Be Addressed, published in February 2006.

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