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Walter A. McNeil, Secretary Florida Department of Corrections Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council February 3, 2009.

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1 Walter A. McNeil, Secretary Florida Department of Corrections Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council February 3, 2009

2 Florida Department of Corrections 2 Department of Corrections Mission: To protect the public safety, to ensure the safety of Department personnel, and to provide proper care and supervision of all offenders under our jurisdiction while assisting, as appropriate, their reentry into society. Key facts: 99,000+ inmates housed in 59 prisons and 80 minor facilities 121,000+ active offenders reporting to 151 probation offices 29,000+ positions (75% are certified officers) $2.26 billion budget

3 Florida Department of Corrections 3 CJEC Funding for prison beds is based on prison population forecasts by the Criminal Justice Estimating Conference. The average cost to build a typical prison housing 1,335 inmates cost $100 million. An additional $26 million is needed annually to operate the prison.

4 Florida Department of Corrections 4 Legal Framework The department is statutorily and constitutionally obligated to ask for full funding in the LBR to meet our constitutional mandate of providing the appropriate level of care, custody, and control of those persons under our supervision. The department cannot use a budget reduction or budget deficit as an excuse to violate constitutionally required conditions of confinement.

5 Florida Department of Corrections 5 Budget The DOC certainly recognizes the economic condition of the state of Florida. To that end, we are continually reviewing our processes and programs in order to save money while meeting our mission Public safety is and will always be priority one Initiatives and legislative proposals support our efforts to improve our processes and be more efficient.

6 Florida Department of Corrections 6 Re-entry programs, such as substance abuse treatment, vocational training, academic education, life-skills management, and faith and character-based programs have multiple benefits: Re-entry programs, such as substance abuse treatment, vocational training, academic education, life-skills management, and faith and character-based programs have multiple benefits: Crime prevention is victim prevention Crime prevention is victim prevention A smart re-entry strategy will save money in the long-term A smart re-entry strategy will save money in the long-term Lower criminal offenses reduces the demand on criminal justice service from local law enforcement, the courts, county jails, and prosecuting and defending crimes Lower criminal offenses reduces the demand on criminal justice service from local law enforcement, the courts, county jails, and prosecuting and defending crimes Rehabilitates the offender into a law-abiding citizen who contributes to society Rehabilitates the offender into a law-abiding citizen who contributes to society Re-entry Initiatives

7 Florida Department of Corrections Legislative Priorities Cost Containment Initiatives in Health Services Codify 2008 proviso that requires the Department to pay no more than 110% of the Medicare rate to hospitals and health care providers who work in hospitals that the Department has no contract with. Codify 2008 proviso that requires the Department to pay no more than 110% of the Medicare rate to hospitals and health care providers who work in hospitals that the Department has no contract with. The Department has realized cost avoidances in excess of $15 million since the effective date of this proviso item. Provide reasonable requirements for handling medical claims involving inmates so that the Department can ensure the claim is appropriate. Provide reasonable requirements for handling medical claims involving inmates so that the Department can ensure the claim is appropriate.

8 Florida Department of Corrections Legislative Priorities Civil Actions Relating to State Offenders Create a reasonable statute of limitations period for the purpose of pursuing costs of incarceration. Create a reasonable statute of limitations period for the purpose of pursuing costs of incarceration. This would enhance the states ability to offset civil actions and deter frivolous filings by prisoners. This would enhance the states ability to offset civil actions and deter frivolous filings by prisoners.

9 Florida Department of Corrections Legislative Priorities Improving the Basic Training Program Allows for the modification of sentence process 30 days prior to the projected completion of the program. Allows for the modification of sentence process 30 days prior to the projected completion of the program. Potential cost avoidance of $250,000 (recurring). Potential cost avoidance of $250,000 (recurring).

10 Florida Department of Corrections Legislative Priorities Operational Efficiencies Codifies a statewide Uniform Order of Supervision. The Department will ensure the Order is updated each year pursuant to legislative mandates Codifies a statewide Uniform Order of Supervision. The Department will ensure the Order is updated each year pursuant to legislative mandates Addresses a gap in Florida law whereby private prison employees are not subject to the same discipline for sexual misconduct as Department employees. Addresses a gap in Florida law whereby private prison employees are not subject to the same discipline for sexual misconduct as Department employees. Removes obsolete and duplicative language in law regarding restoration of civil rights. The proposal codifies the current process that has existed for several years regarding automatic notification to the Parole Commission. Removes obsolete and duplicative language in law regarding restoration of civil rights. The proposal codifies the current process that has existed for several years regarding automatic notification to the Parole Commission.

11 Florida Department of Corrections 11 Walter A. McNeil, Secretary Florida Department of Corrections


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