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Policy Review of the Department of Corrections' Correctional Officer Staffing , Report No. 95-28, January 1996

  • Florida's prisons are operating with a level of officer staffing significantly below the number of staff authorized by the Legislature. On approximately 31% of the officer 8-hour work shifts during the 1994-95 fiscal year, institutions were operating with the minimum number of correctional officers that the Department says can safely staff the institution.
  • As a result of operating at low staffing levels, the Department does not always have enough staff to ensure that inmates are following institution rules, which can increase the danger for staff, other inmates, and the public. In addition to having the minimum number of officers available, institutional security may also be adversely affected by relying on inexperienced or fatigued officers to carry out the security of the institution.
  • The primary causes of the low staffing levels are the Department's inability to retain the correctional officers it hires, and the use of an outdated staffing relief formula that does not provide for enough staff to cover officer absences from work.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Security and Institutional Operations
Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-15 Corrections Experiences Turnover and Vacancies, But Performance Not Diminished, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 98-69 Follow-up Report on the Department of Corrections' Correctional Officer Staffing, published in February 1999
  • Report No. 96-07 Information Brief on the Rehiring of Correctional Officers Within DCOR for related information, published on September 25, 1996

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