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Supervised Release Programs


Detention Care

Florida Statutes allows for two types of detention care: secure detention and nonsecure detention. Beginning July 1, 2019, the statute is amended to identify nonsecure detention as supervised release

F.S. 985.03 defines Detention Care:

(18) “Detention care” means the temporary care of a child in secure or supervised release detention, pending a court adjudication or disposition or execution of a court order. There are two types of detention care, as follows:

(a) “Secure detention” means temporary custody of the child while the child is under the physical restriction of a secure detention center or facility pending adjudication, disposition, or placement.

(b) “Supervised release detention” means temporary non-secure custody of a child while the child is released to the custody of the parent, guardian, or custodian in a physically nonrestrictive environment under the supervision of the department staff, pending adjudication or disposition, through programs include, but are not limited to, home detention, intensive home detention, electronic monitoring, day reporting centers, evening reporting centers, and non-secure shelters. Supervised release detention may include other requirements imposed by the court.

The current instrument allows for three outcomes: release, home detention, or secure detention. The youth who are assessed as being in the middle category are currently served in a “one size fits all” manner commonly known as home detention. Florida Statutes, §985.24 allows for the use of nonsecure detention supervision (soon to be renamed supervised release), which includes a wider range of supervision levels for youth who score in the middle range. Supervised release programs are designed to reduce the likelihood of failures to appear in court and/or the receipt of a new charge during the supervision of the program.




Introduction of Supervised Release

The new instrument assists the state in operationalizing the full range of options by identifying the appropriate target population for each level of supervision. The Department plans to make three programs operational throughout the State: home detention, intensive home detention, and intensive home detention with electronic monitoring. Targeted areas will also have an evening/day reporting center option included in their circuit specific continuum. The Department will also work collaboratively with circuits to develop additional supervision programs specifically needed and identified by data.

As you can see, supervised release is an umbrella of supervision types. Click here for a look at the state-level continuum:

Statewide Supervised Release Continuum




Circuit Level Continuum

Select a link below for a look at the continuum for a specific circuit:




For more information on supervised release, contact:


Minnora Bishop

DRAI Statewide Coordinator

(850) 717-2709

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