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The Florida Department of Corrections, established in 1821, operates state prisons in Florida. It has its headquarters in Tallahassee.
The Florida Department of Corrections operates the third largest state prison system in the United States. It is the largest agency in the State of Florida, with a budget of $2.3 billion, almost 94,000 inmates incarcerated and another 153,000 offenders on some type of community supervision.
The Florida Department of Corrections has 137 facilities statewide, including 60 prisons, 41 work/forestry camps, one treatment center, 30 work release centers and five road prisons. It has more than 27,000 employees, about three-quarters of which are either certified correctional officers or probation officers. 
Florida's first penitentiary was opened in the U.S. arsenal property at Chattahoochee in 1868. 
As of 2009, 90% of prisoners have been released eventually. One-third have returned within three years.
Since the establishment of the Florida Department of Corrections, 24 officers have died in the line of duty. 
- ^ "Annual Population Estimates 2000 to 2008". US Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/states/NST-ann-est.html. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
- ^ "Statement of Agency Organization and Operation." Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
- ^ Florida Department of Corrections About Us page
- ^ Florida DOCs Timeline page
- ^ Associated Press (22 March 2009). "Prison's goal:Send inmates home for good". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 8B.
- ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page