The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says her agency is doing its part to help make sure released inmates aren’t targeted by potential human traffickers.
Jones says going forward the department has restricted the inmate data that would be useful to potential traffickers. She says her staff also doing a better job of interviewing inmates—particularly those with alcohol and drug addiction or prostitution backgrounds.
“We're asking, ‘do you have some place to go? Where are you going? What resources do you have?’ to make sure we did a handoff to community or to family,” she added.
Jones says they're also handing out pamphlets and putting posters up. Correctional officers are already training on what to look for and how to report suspected human trafficking cases. A separate training program for probation officers is still in development.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.