August 29, 2014
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~Attendees will get to tour the institution and get a better understanding of the facility and its operations~
Century, Fla –Century Correctional Institution on Wednesday offered attendees of its annual Community Partnership Meeting a unique view of its operations and the important role it serves in the community. Attendees included Representative Mike Hill, staff from the offices of Congressman Jeff Miller and Representative Clay Ingram, local elected officials, volunteers and other community leaders.
Representative Mike Hill commended Warden Doug Sloan and Deborah Brown, Circuit 1 Administrator and their teams “on an outstanding job they do every day in keeping our communities safe.” Representative Hill later said, “I look forward to the upcoming session and being able to assist the Department in addressing many of the issues that I have heard and seen today.”
Secretary Michael Crews said, “The Department is committed to providing transparency to the citizens of Florida. These Community Partnership Meetings are the ideal opportunity to provide interaction between local communities and the Department across the state. “
Statewide the Community Partnership Meetings aim to open avenues of communication and build strong relationships between the correctional institutions and local communities in order to ensure the Department’s commitment of keeping Florida families safe and to provide successful re-entry opportunities. The Department of Corrections employs over 21,000 employees and as of June 30, 2014, housed 100,942 inmates in its 49 state prisons. The average statewide cost per day to supervise an offender on community supervision is $4.68 while the average statewide cost to house an inmate in prison is $47.50 per day.
Locally, Century Correctional Institution currently employs 341 security staff; of which 210 reside in Escambia County, 74 in Santa Rosa, six in Okaloosa, 48 Alabama and three outside the area
The presentation at the event pointed out the importance of the work squads within the community. Both Century Correctional Institution and Berrydale Forestry Camp provide daily work squads to the community that last year saved local taxpayers $3,132,353. Several community leaders pointed out the value to the local schools and other non-profit organizations.
The Community Partnership presentation also centered on the Department’s Community Corrections office which works continually to promote a safer Florida and rebuild lives. Approximately 90 percent of offenders who successfully complete supervision do not recidivate within three years. The community impact of Community Corrections Circuit 1, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Okaloosa is supported by 140 staff members (114 Probation Officers)in nine local state probation offices.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 21,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.