December 7, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and the Office of Community Corrections are proud to celebrate 75 years of providing community supervision in Florida. Community Corrections promotes safety by providing supervision of offenders in the community, holding offenders accountable and connecting offenders to local services and resources in order to reduce recidivism and victimization.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Department’s commitment to community supervision for the past 75 years has been crucial to helping our communities become safer, and I am proud of our staff that have served. Community Corrections helps offenders turn their lives around and become productive members of society, while also holding them accountable for their actions.”
Since 2011, Florida’s recidivism rate has been reduced to an all-time low of 25.2 percent. The services and support community supervision provides has been instrumental in reducing recidivism by better preparing offenders for release and finding employment. FDC, and its community partners, have successfully aided in the job placement of more than 50,000 individuals since 2011.
Community Corrections supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community. By monitoring and enforcing the conditions of supervision, offenders have paid back over $30 million in restitution and performed over 1.2 million hours of community service throughout the state. These individuals cost the state tax payers less than $5 a day to supervise. Since 2011, the success rate for offenders on supervision has improved from 42 to 60 percent.
FDC employs more than 23,000 employees and approximately 3,000 of these employees are responsible for offender supervision. There are 130 Community Corrections’ probation offices throughout Florida. Correctional Probation Officers enforce standard conditions of supervision stipulated by statute as well as special conditions imposed by the court or sentencing authority, including victim restitution, substance abuse and mental health treatment programs. Community Corrections’ goal is to ensure offender compliance and the safety of Florida’s communities while also addressing the needs of the offender to better prepare them for release and, ultimately, reduce recidivism and victimization.
To learn more about Community Corrections, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 99,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.