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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
January 29, 2015
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Department of Corrections Employees Win Six Prudential Productivity Awards

TALLAHASSEE– The Florida Department of Corrections today applauds our employees whose efforts to create efficient, innovative and fiscally responsible programs and initiatives have won six 2015 Prudential Productivity Awards. Employees received awards for innovations ranging from using a home-made laundry detergent to cut laundering costs, to creating a web application to track meals received by inmates in all correctional facilities. Cost savings resulting from employee initiatives ranged from an estimated $7,000 to $625,000 annually. The Prudential Productivity Awards program publicly recognizes and rewards state employees whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

“The Florida Department of Corrections applauds the incredible achievements of our employees honored with the Prudential Productivity Award,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones. “We are proud of the commitment to service shown by these initiatives and the hardworking men and women who made them possible.”

The Department’s 2015 Prudential Productivity Award Winners:

DOC Employee
Timothy Ake

Timothy Ake, an employee at Gulf Correctional Institution, began testing home-made laundry detergent January 2013 as a cost savings initiative to reduce the institution’s laundry costs. A pilot program was conducted at Gulf CI, resulting in a cost savings of $13,064 annually. After a statewide implementation of the home-made laundry detergent initiative, the Department observed a cost savings of $625,000 annually.

DOC Inmate Meals Team
Loren Russell, Jeff Crum, Mark Cann, Joseph Davis, Carlos Echeverri

These employees created a web application used to track meals received by inmates in all correctional facilities. This application requires inmates to swipe their ID card prior to receiving a meal and includes edits to ensure the inmate is receiving the correct type of meal. This application resulted in a cost savings of $240,000.

DOC FSP Farm Program Team
Lieutenant Scott Cason, Seeber Moody, Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson and Seeber Moody oversee the farm program at Florida State Prison under the supervision of Lieutenant Scott Cason. Since their appointment to these positions in October 2013, Johnson and Moody have increased the size of the farm and overall yield of fresh produce. The program not only produces fresh produce for the inmate population, but also teaches inmates critical skills to help ensure a successful transition back to society, and reduce recidivism. In 2013-2014, the farm’s size increased from 75 acres to 90 acres and the overall yield increased from more than 275,050 lbs to 309,610 lbs of fresh produce. This was a direct savings to tax payers of $196,291.55.

DOC Maintenance - Hardee Correctional Institution
Marty Howell, John Szafranski, Harry Northup, Leroy Russ, Richard Minegar

These employees helped design and install timers for open bays and butterfly buildings in an effort to conserve water. This effort was implemented region wide. This program’s accomplishment produced an estimated annually cost savings in excess of $100,000.

DOC Columbia CI Outside Grounds
Sergeant Marvin Foster, Sergeant Jason Reeder

Through partnerships with local landfills, these employees obtained over 500 gallons of paint in various colors to paint dormitories. This partnership resulted in a cost avoidance of $7,305 for the Department.

Jeff Crum, Tim Sullivan, Donna Sanford, Mark Cann

The FAST system tracks the entrance and exits of inmate’s approved visitors and institution volunteers. The Department centralized the FAST system into one database, which enhanced data integrity and decreased downtime.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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