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Several Deficiencies Hinder the Supervision of Offenders in the Community Corrections Program, Report No. 06-37, April 2006
 
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  • The Department of Corrections is responsible for over 192,000 offenders on various types of community supervision.  Between February 2004 and December 2005, 1,842 offenders were arrested for committing serious crimes, such as murder, sexual offenses, robbery, child abuse, and aggravated stalking.  The department found officer noncompliance in 243 (13%) of those cases, most commonly for failing to make required contacts with the offender.
  • Several deficiencies hinder the supervision of offenders in community corrections.  Program resources are not directed at offenders who pose the highest risk.  Administrative tasks hinder officers’ ability to supervise offenders, and offender transport creates problems for the department and local law enforcement.
  • Therefore, the Legislature should remove caseload standards from statutes and require the department to manage caseloads and provide supervision based on an offender’s level of risk.  The department should monitor all offenders based on their risk to public safety, study options to improve technology, and assess options of transporting offenders who violate supervision to jail.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Community Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-42  Electronic Monitoring Expanded to Target Communities’ More Dangerous Offenders, published in November 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. 05-19 OPPAGA Report: Electronic Monitoring Should Be Better Targeted to the Most Dangerous Offenders, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 04-58 Progress Report: More Efficient Use of Probation Officers and Prioritization of Victim Restitution Needed, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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