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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Sentencing Scoresheet Compliance Report

October 1999

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Executive Summary

This report is in fulfillment of Florida Statute 921, which mandates that the Florida Department of Corrections shall, no later than October 1 of each year, provide the Legislature with a compliance report. This report shall detail the compliance of each judicial circuit in submitting to the Department sentencing scoresheets for offenders convicted of felonies between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 1999.

Included in this report is the following information:

  1. Using FY98-99 commitments to the Department of Corrections as a baseline for comparing scoresheet submissions, a compliance rate is provided for each judicial circuit and county. Commitments include all felons convicted and sentenced to state prison, probation or community control as well as modifications to and revocations of supervision. Scoresheets reported are those received through September 1, 1999. The statewide rate of compliance for this time period is 66.3%.
  2. For all scoresheets received with sentence dates during FY98-99 (including those with non-department sanctions), county, circuit and region totals are provided, with breakdowns according to the source of preparation: State Attorney (71.4%) or Department of Corrections (28.6%).
  3. Circuit and county totals for scoresheets with FY98-99 sentence dates are listed according to most severe type of sanction. Of the 116,879 scoresheets received, 21,628 (18.5%) had a state prison sanction, 64,748 (55.4%) received a community supervision sanction and 29,514 (25.3%) received a county jail sanction.

The methodology for identifying missing scoresheets and calculating the compliance rate has changed significantly since the last report was issued. Because of the methodological change in identifying missing scoresheets, the compliance rate for FY98-99 is dramatically lower than the last reported compliance rate.

  • The old methodology counted the number of new prison and community supervision admissions to the department and then compared this to the number of sentencing scoresheets received for each county and circuit.
  • The new methodology takes all sentencing events (including new admissions, revocations and modifications) and compares them to the sentencing scoresheets received for each offender. There are three possible outcomes: the sentencing event matches the scoresheet, there is no scoresheet to match the sentencing event or there is a scoresheet but no record of a sentencing event. The compliance rate is then calculated by adding together the first two options (resulting in the total number of sentencing events) and comparing it to the number of scoresheets that match.

Historically the department has proactively taken a number of steps to maximize the receipt of scoresheets. This included supplying the field staff with a monthly list of offenders admitted to the department with missing scoresheets (the "missing list") as well as working with various entities to obtain mandatory information omitted from submitted scoresheets. Due to the development of the new methodology, the field staff was not provided with monthly "missing lists" for the year being analyzed.

This issue (lack of proactive research) added to the drop in the compliance rate from previous years.

Questions regarding this report should be directed to Kristine Leininger, Florida Department of Corrections, Bureau of Research and Data Analysis, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500 or by phone at (850) 488-1801.

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