About the Bureau of Corrections
The Bureau of Corrections consists of three jail facilities - the Key West detention center, housing up to 596 inmates; the Marathon detention center, housing up to 52 inmates; and the Plantation Key detention center, housing up to 47 inmates. The total daily average inmate population in 2012 was 561 inmates.
The overall mission of the Corrections Bureau is to provide for custody, control, care, and treatment of incarcerated inmates. The facility also offers a variety of programs to inmates who wish to make a positive change in their lives, including educational, work related and rehabilitative programs aimed at changing behaviors so when an inmate is released, he or she has a chance at becoming a productive, contributing member of society.
Since October 2000, the Bureau of Corrections has successfully passed five state accreditation inspections by meeting all 250 standards set forth by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). The bureau is proud of its ability to meet the difficult and exacting standards required to be professionally accredited detention bureau in the State of Florida.
The Corrections Bureau provides processing and detention services for all law enforcement agencies in Monroe County. In 2012, 6,101 arrestees were booked through the three jail facilities. Processing an inmate involves intake, medical screening, fingerprinting, photographing, and classification of each person. Technology plays a key role, particularly through video-imaging and electronic or inkless fingerprinting. The automated fingerprint identification system called “Live Scan”, offers real time positive identification on all arrestees. We also use facial recognition technology which has been successful at identifying new intakes giving false information.
Monroe County detention facilities utilize the direct supervision model. This style of management uses correction deputies working directly within inmate living areas. The units and dorms house from 54 to 95 inmates each.
The absence of barriers such as bars, steel doors and catwalks typically found in an “old style” jail allows our deputies to control all areas in the jail including passageways and secure rooms. In this way, inmates’ activities and behavior are in direct control of correction deputies.
In a continuing effort to save the taxpayers’ money, the Sheriff’s Office leases unused bed space in the main detention facility to federal agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service at a cost of $90 per day per inmate and to Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Border Patrol at a cost of $82 per day per inmate. Money received from these contract beds goes into the Monroe County general fund to offset detention operating costs. The agency collected $2,707,768 from contract beds during 2012.
Incarceration should never be a “free ride” and the Sheriff’s Office is always looking for ways to offset the cost to taxpayers of operating the detention facilities. Total jail related fees collected from inmates for 2012 were $265,841.
Fees charged in our facilities include: a $20 booking fee, an inmate subsistence fee of $1 per day per inmate, the inmate commissary which sells “extra” day to day necessities to inmates, indigent packs, mattress rentals, check writing fees, reading glasses, legal services and some medical services.
The Corrections Bureau is also charged with transporting inmates into and out of the County, to and from court and to other required activities. The Jail Transportation Unit transported 8,567 inmates in 2012.
Community Service: Members of the Corrections Bureau participated in numerous community events throughout the year such as providing care packages to the homeless, assisting MARC House with their annual Christmas tree sale, Relay for Life fund-raising activities, Soldier Ride, Law Enforcement Torch Run and joining in the Children’s Day and National Night Out events throughout the Keys. An annual project is the collection of bikes for Toys for Keys Kids at Christmas. We’re delighted to have donated 91 bikes this year.
Inmate Programs Division
The inmate Programs and Services Division handles the daily needs of inmates including mail, laundry, accounting, commissary, religious and educational issues. Multiple volunteer programs donated over 1,600 hours in 2012 to assist in this division. A part-time facility chaplain was hired via the Inmate Welfare Fund to council the religious needs of inmates.
The Jail In-House Program (JIP) provides substance abuse services for inmates. These services include assessment and treatment planning, individual and group counseling services, addiction and co-occurring education, relapse and recidivism prevention planning, employment and financial skills, trauma informed services, transition/discharge preparation and continued recovery planning.
Recidivism rates for 2012 are based on those inmates who completed treatment and were rearrested during 2012. Only 11% of men and 13% of women were rearrested after participating in the program.
A new inmate program was begun in an effort to help inmates modify their behavior and develop skills to assist their transition back into society. This program offers classes in life skills, anger management and parenting for both male and female inmates. A class is also offered for male batterers.
Costs for this program are paid from inmate welfare funds, not by taxpayers.
The Work Release Program allows selected, low risk offenders to work in the community while completing the terms of their sentence. The program gives the offender a marketable trade or skill which reduces recidivism. The offender also has the opportunity to pay restitution for their crimes, support their families while incarcerated and experience a more positive transition back into the community.
In conjunction, a basic bicycle maintenance course has been started. Used bicycles come from the Sheriff’s Office Property Division. Inmates receive a certificate upon completion. Bikes that are repaired and refurbished are used by work release inmates to go to and from work, and are also donated to community organizations.
The Trusty Work program saves taxpayers significant money by assigning inmates to work details with County Public Works, municipalities and other public service agencies in Monroe County. The Trusty Work program saved taxpayers an estimated $541,380 in labor costs with hours figured at minimum wage.
Trusties clean Sheriff’s Office buildings, work in the main Detention Center kitchen preparing inmate meals, maintain all Sheriff’s Office landscaping, work at the Sheriff’s Animal Farm and perform many similar duties for Monroe County government buildings, public parks and roadways.
This unit determines custody and housing assignments for all inmates. It also processes court information and release documentation.
Inmate are screened closely for suitability for work inside and outside the facility. Their talents are taken into consideration for work assignments. Special attention is required for high-profile inmates in need of special housing and other special care.
The computerized Smart Cop Jail Management System helps by identifying violent felons, escape risks, sexual predators and inmates who are required, for various reasons, to submit DNA samples to the state of Florida.
Armor Correctional Health Services handles inmate medical care under the direction of a medical health administrator, including medical, dental, and psychiatric services. Inmates are charged a fee for services but no inmate can be denied medical care due to the inability to pay.
Contract provider Aramark Correctional Services, provides three meals a day to inmates, serving over 668,376 meals in 2012.
The commissary department has a TouchPay kiosk installed in the Key West jail lobby for self-release/bail payments and deposits to an inmate’s commissary account. TouchPay, via Aramark, is an efficient and convenient system for families and friends because it accepts cash, credit card or debit card payments in person, over the internet or over the phone.
The Sheriff’s Office has a master deputy program to recognize deputies with exceptional work history and performance. Criteria includes, but is not limited to, three consecutive annual above standard performance ratings, 98% attendance in the past three years, at least 30 semester hours of college level education, and a minimum of 20 hours annual community service. Eight deputies received this honor in 2012.
This year the Corrections Academy, sponsored by MCSO, was proud to have all 16 class members graduate and pass the state exam.
Through a state grant, a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training program has been established to provide specialized training in mental health related issues. Individuals completing the training are specifically designated to address mental health crisis situations and learn to utilize community resources when dealing with persons exhibiting signs of a mental health crisis as an alternative to incarceration. Over 100 law enforcement officers in Monroe County and the City of Key West have taken advantage of this training.