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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Quick Facts

About the Florida Department of Corrections

Revised April 2017

Correctional Officer Hinson oversees an inmate work squad at Wakulla Correctional Institution near Tallahassee. Inmates maintain the grounds at all Florida prisons statewide.
Correctional Officer Hinson oversees an inmate work squad at Wakulla Correctional Institution near Tallahassee. Inmates maintain the grounds at all Florida prisons statewide.

On March 31, 2016, the Florida Department of Corrections housed 97,521 inmates in its 151 correctional facilities and supervised over 136,385 active offenders on community supervision throughout the state.

The Department employs over 21,500 employees, the majority of whom are Correctional Officers or Correctional Probation Officers.

The Florida Department of Corrections defines recidivism as a return to prison for any reason within 3 years of release.  The most current recidivism rate available is 25% (for the 2012 release cohort).  For more information, please see the most recent recidivism report at: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/pub/index.html

Prison Life

Inmates cook more than 85 million meals each year for their fellow inmates.
Inmates cook more than 85 million meals each year for their fellow inmates.

The majority of Florida's state-run prisons ARE NOT air conditioned. All contracted prisons are air conditioned.

Most prison inmates live in dormitories not cells. Florida State Prison in Starke is the only Florida prison where all inmates live in single cells.

Most Florida inmates must serve a minimum of 85% of their sentences before they are released.  Inmates released in March 2017, served an average of 85.8% of their sentences.

Prison inmates work in jobs ranging from laundry, cooking and prison maintenance to prison industries and outside work squads. Community Work Squad inmates perform services under agreements with the Department of Transportation, other state agencies such as the Division of Forestry, counties, cities, municipalities, and non-profit organizations.

The Department had 24,053 inmates participating in educational programs in FY 2015–16 (18,734 in academic programs and 5,319 in vocational programs). During FY 2015-16, the Department awarded 1,312 General Education Development (GED) diplomas.

Through the partnership with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 12,126 identification cards were issued to inmates nearing release in FY 2015–16.

Approximately 12,254 inmates participated in substance abuse treatment during FY 2015-16.

Dog Obedience Programs – The Department hosts 21 Dog Obedience Programs throughout Florida. These programs pair inmates with dogs from local shelters and animal services agencies to prepare dogs for adoption and specialized skills training to become service animals. Since their start in 2007, the programs have graduated 3,696 dogs which were adopted to forever homes, and more than 3,350 inmates have been involved as caretakers, handlers, and trainers.

Honor Flight at Sumter Correctional Institution (SCI) - The first of its kind to be held within a correctional institution, this "flightless" Honor Flight allowed eleven Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq War veterans to participate in a virtual tour of the nation's capital. The event recognized individuals for their service during our country's times of need.

Inmates who live in the veteran’s dorms at Wakulla C.I. painted the walls to represent their various branches of the military.
Inmates who live in the veteran’s dorms at Wakulla C.I. painted the walls to represent their various branches of the military.

Florida prisons DO NOT have cable television. Inmates have access to a single, donated television in most of their day rooms that services about 75 inmates per dorm. Correctional Officers control the channels and remote. Death row inmates have 13-inch (donated or purchased) television sets in their cells.

As mandated by law, all inmates have access to libraries, religious services, medical and dental care.

Inmates using Florida prison general libraries during Fiscal Year 2015-16 borrowed 992,039 books and periodicals. This includes fiction, non-fiction, reference books, magazines, and newspapers. Law library services were provided to inmates 591,440 times throughout the state. If you or your organization would like to donate books to our general prison libraries, please contact Dean Peterson at (850) 717-3470.

Volunteers make an important contribution to the Department by providing invaluable services to inmates and staff, as well as by serving as a link between the institution and the community. With a new focus of mapping volunteer services to promote positive behavioral changes, volunteers are assisting the Department achieve its vision of “Inspiring success by transforming one life at a time.” In 2016, there were a total of 19,956 active volunteers with the Department.

Tomatoes grown by inmates.  Cucumbers grown by inmates.
Inmates grow tomatoes and cumbers (among other vegetables) each year, one of the many crops that supplement their meals.

Inmates grow crops every year and are growing even more of their own food. Inmates are cultivating approximately 892 acres at 39 parent institution farms and gardens and six University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) facilities. During FY 2015-16, the farm program produced 7,530,560 pounds of produce including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, and watermelon.  This results in a costs savings to the state of Florida and are used to supplement inmate meals, help inmates learn a skill and reduce inmate idleness.

Photo of the farm at Desoto CI.  Photo of the farm at Desoto CI.

While most prison farming programs have traditionally taken place outside the prison grounds, more of our facilities are starting farm programs inside the fences in our work camps, utilizing all the space available to supplement inmate meals with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by the inmates themselves. These programs save taxpayers money and teach the inmates a viable skill.

Fiscal Statistics

Per DiemIt costs $53.49 a day or $19,577 per year to house an inmate in a Florida prison during FY 2015-16.
Cost per day to supervise an offender on community supervision (without electronic monitoring): $5.05

Salaries:    Certified entry-level Correctional Officers are paid $30,807.92 annually.
                   Certified entry-level Correctional Probation Officers are paid $33,478.12 annually.

During FY 2015-16 there were 17,836 certified employees in institutions or probation/parole offices.
Consisting of:

  • 15,769 certified employees in institutions with 10,667 Correctional Officers, 4,092 Sergeants, 440 Lieutenants, 311 Captains, 81 Majors, 43 Colonels and 135 Correctional Inspectors in the Office of the Inspector General.
  • 2,067 certified Correctional Probation Officers.


From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, 30,289 inmates were admitted to prison, and 31,957 inmates were released. During that same period, 83,176 offenders were admitted to community supervision, and 84,919 were released from supervision.

Prison Statistics

Inmates in Florida's prisons on March 31, 2017, ranged in age from 14 to 95 years old.

Of the 97,521 inmates in Florida prisons on March 31, 2017, 93.2% were male and 6.8% female.

The top ten offenses Florida inmates were serving time for on March 31, 2017 were:

Top 10 Offenses on March 31,2017
Primary Offense # Inmates % total inmates
Robbery With Weapon 8,697 8.9%
Burglary of a Dwelling 8,130 8.3%
Capital (First Degree) Murder 7,297 7.5%
Manufacture, Sale or Purchase of Drugs 6,524 6.7%
Drug Trafficking 5,365 5.5%
Second Degree Murder 5,291 5.4%
Lewd and Lascivious Behavior 5,131 5.3%
Weapons Possession 3,696 3.8%
Aggravated Battery 3,264 3.4%
Capital Sexual Battery 3,220 3.3%


The top ten counties of conviction for inmates in prison on March 31, 2017 were:

Top 10 Counties of Conviction on March 31, 2017
County of Conviction # Inmates % total inmates
Duval 7,774 8.0%
Miami-Dade 7,615 7.8%
Broward 7,231 7.4%
Hillsborough 6,529 6.7%
Orange 5,574 5.7%
Pinellas 5,330 5.5%
Polk 4,417 4.5%
Palm Beach 4,040 4.1%
Volusia 2,906 3.0%
Brevard 2,811 2.9%

Inmate Population on March 31, 2017 by Primary Offense

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision (December 31, 2016): Violent 55.3%; Drugs 14.5%; Property 21.2%; Other 8.9%


Community Supervision Statistics

Primary Offense of Offenders on Community Supervision on March 31, 2017
Primary Offense Length of Supervision Average Age at Offense % Offenders
Murder/Manslaughter 15 28.5 1.7%
Sexual Offense 10 34.9 4.9%
Robbery 6.5 24.9 3.5%
Violent Offenses 3.8 32.8 17%
Burglary 4.0 27.7 10%
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 4.0 33.2 28%
Drugs 2.9 32.3 23.4%
Weapons 3.0 30.3 2.8%
Other Non-Violent 2.8 35.7 8.7%


General Characteristics of Offenders on Supervision on March 31, 2017
Gender % Offenders
Male 74.7%
Female 25.3%
White 61.8%
Black 32.8%
Other 5.4%
Prior Supervision Commitments
None 59.0%
1 21.6%
2 9.4%
3 4.7%
4 or more 5.4%

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision March 31, 2017

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision (December 30, 2016): Violent 27.5%; Drugs 23.5%; Property 37.4%; Other 11.6%

Collections and Community Service

The Department collected approximately $73,633,830 during FY 2015-16; which included $32,669,458 for victim restitution, $14,260,410 in court costs and fines, $21,695,108 for cost of supervision, and $5,008,854 in other monetary obligations.

Offenders completed 1,238,215 hours of community service in FY 2015-16.

Finding an Inmate in State Prison, Federal Prison or County Jails

Inmates who committed felonies and are sentenced to at least a year and a day are sent to state prison in Florida, and are under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Corrections. To find an inmate in the state prison system in Florida, go to www.dc.state.fl.us/OffenderSearch/InmateInfoMenu.aspx.

Inmates who have committed federal crimes are sent to federal prisons which may be located in Florida. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website, which includes inmate locators, is www.bop.gov/.

Inmates who have not yet been sentenced, or who are charged with misdemeanors, and/or who have been sentenced to less than a year are housed in county jails. Click here for a list of all county Sheriff's offices to find a specific county jail: http://www.flsheriffs.org/sheriffs/florida-sheriff-directory.

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