Florida Department of Corrections Launches Compass 100

June 18, 2017

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Division of Development: Improvement and Readiness has announced the statewide launch and implementation of “Compass 100″.

Compass 100 is an integrative curriculum for inmates nearing release, allowing them to develop targeted and personalized life skills in combination with their current educational courses and substance abuse treatment.

Secretary Julie Jones said, “I’m incredibly proud of my staff for rethinking the way the Department operates and continuing to expand and enhance the opportunities and programs for inmates nearing release. Through programs such as Compass 100, we are able to take a more personalized approach for each inmate’s education. The more prepared our inmates are for release, the more likely they will gain employment and become contributing members in their local communities.”

Compass 100 incorporates topics such as punctuality, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication and problem solving into an inmate’s existing programming. Inmates are also required to complete “Thinking for a Change,” a cognitive behavioral and restructuring curriculum specifically designed to assist inmates to change their way of thinking and to provide skills to effectively communicate and solve problems. By the end of their programming, inmates will have also completed a “Readiness Portfolio” which contains well-developed goals, a resume, community resources, scheduled community appointments and program completion certificates.

FDC releases approximately 33,000 inmates each year. Research shows cognitive–behavioral programming, job skills and career placement significantly reduces recidivism. The goal of Compass 100 is to better prepare inmates for a successful career upon release and, ultimately, reduce recidivism and improve safety in Florida’s communities.


4 Responses to “Florida Department of Corrections Launches Compass 100”

  1. Correction Education Works on September 27th, 2017 7:40 pm

    Worked on the team that developed Compass 100. Its not the same as the 100 Hour Transition. Of course it can be updated and become better, but it was a movement to improve programing for the incarcerated. The Division of Development: Improvement and Readiness are working towards increasing rehabilitation inside the gates and making inmates prepared for entering the workforce. I praise the initiative to improve the dynamics of Florida prisons and the strive to reducing recidivism. Trust me FDC does NOT want individuals to return and they will continue to move in a direction that support programing and job placement for those returning to communities.

    Also note that the program was developed by FDC employees that were not paid extra to work on the project. They did it because they wanted to improve their students chances of success.

  2. Chris in Molino on June 18th, 2017 3:53 pm

    @Old Captain—-32 yes huh ? And a captain ? I’ll guess given the years active and rank……..Miller ?
    At any rate, I entered into prison at age 16 in 1994. There was youthful offender @ Lake Butler although I’m not sure why I wasn’t among them. I guess cause I was 6′4″ 240lbs. At any rate think of the times then. I remained at Florida State Prison (FSP) on CM 1 from 1999 until my release in 2004. Cell phones, uh uh, I had a beeper. So the world was a shock especially after 5 years of solitary. There was no programs. Now I have a family and make good money, so convicts have no excuse to cry or fail.

  3. Old Captain on June 18th, 2017 9:53 am

    Working for FDC 32 years (Formerly FDOC, until political correctness changed it). I read the entire Compass 100 manual, and it is the same as the 100 hour Transition program that all inmates were mandated to attend within 6 months of release. Same thing, new name. Director of Development, Readiness and Improvement (formerly Office of Re-Entry) is just renaming things and trying to make it seem like a brand new idea. You may fool the public, but not the employees and certainly not the inmates.

  4. David Huie Green on June 18th, 2017 9:30 am

    “Research shows cognitive–behavioral programming, job skills and career placement significantly reduces recidivism.”

    From what, to what?

    Still, I judge it to be a good thing because they are trying.

    David for real hope

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