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Record Group Number: 000670
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Creator: Florida. Dept. of Corrections.
Title, Dates: Department of Corrections record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The Department of Corrections was created as the Division of Corrections under the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions in 1957 (Ch. 57-317, Laws of Florida).  The Board of Commissioners of State Institutions had been instructed to manage all state prisons since 1877 (Ch. 3033, 1877, Laws).  In 1969, the Division of Corrections became part of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (Ch. 69-106, Laws).  The Division's duties were increased in 1975, and it became the Dept. of Offender Rehabilitation (Ch. 75-49, Laws).  The Department was renamed the Department of Corrections in 1978 (Ch. 78-53, Laws).
    Since 1975, the Department has overseen all agencies providing incarceration and rehabilitative services for adult offenders and, until the 1994 establishment of the Department of Juvenile Justice, for youth offenders as well.  The Department administers institutional and non-institutional programs; inspects all county, state, and municipal correctional and detention facilities; and operates over 50 prisons as well as work camps, work release centers (formerly called community correctional centers), road prisons, forestry camps, boot camps, and a drug treatment center.
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