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Performance Audit of the Inmate Welfare Trust Fund and Institution-Based Accounts Administered by the Department of Corrections , Report No. 94-21, December 1994

  • The Department of Corrections does not have procedures to verify the accuracy of amounts paid to the Department for telephone commissions and charged to inmates' families and friends. Thus, adequate controls to safeguard, reliably account for, and efficiently use the telephone commission monies have not been developed. With telephone commission profits of $8.2 million in fiscal year 1993-94, Florida's profits ranked second in the nation.
  • Chapter 94-273, Laws of Florida, affects the Department by increasing legislative oversight of the Department's Inmate Welfare Trust Fund monies, setting a priority for directing funds to inmate education, and omitting recreation as an Inmate Welfare Trust Fund expenditure category. The Department provides recreation programs to inmates as comparatively inexpensive activities designed both to keep inmates occupied when they are not participating in work or education programs and to allow the Department to supervise large numbers of inmates with relatively few correctional officers. Department officials have indicated that it would cost up to $12 million annually to implement additional work or education programs as a partial replacement for recreation programs currently in place. Were the Department to eliminate its recreation programs, it risks losing its accreditation with the American Correctional Association. Correctional officials in all 50 states provide inmates with recreation programs and generally regard these programs as low cost tools to reduce inmate assaults on staff, inmate assaults on other inmates, and inmate destruction of prison facilities.

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