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2010 Florida Statutes

F.S. 944.714

Quality assurance and standards of operation.


The level and quality of programs provided by a private vendor at a private correctional facility must be at least equal to programs provided at a correctional facility operated by the department that houses similar types of inmates and must be at a cost that provides the state with a substantial savings, as determined by a private accounting firm selected by the Department of Corrections.


All private correctional officers employed by a private vendor must be certified, at the private vendor’s expense, as having met the minimum qualifications established for correctional officers under s. 943.13.


Pursuant to the terms of the contract, a private vendor shall design, construct, and operate a private correctional facility in accordance with the standards established by the American Correctional Association and approved by the department at the time of the contract. In addition, a private correctional facility shall meet any higher standard mandated in the full or partial settlement of any litigation challenging the constitutional conditions of confinement to which the department is a named defendant. The standards required under a contract for operating a private correctional facility may be higher than the standards required for accreditation by the American Correctional Association. A private vendor shall comply with all federal and state constitutional requirements, federal, state, and local laws, department rules, and all court orders.


s. 17, ch. 89-526.