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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Quick Facts

About the Florida Department of Corrections

Revised September 2014


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.

In June, 2014, the Florida Department of Corrections housed 100,942 inmates in its 56 state prisons (including seven private prisons), and supervised almost 144,000 active offenders on community supervision at over 150 probation offices throughout the state.

The Department employs approximately 21,000 employees, the majority of whom are Correctional Officers or Correctional Probation Officers.

Florida’s recidivism rate has dropped to 26.3%, (based on 2009 inmate releases). That means about one of every four inmates released from a Florida prison returns to prison in Florida within three years. (This does not include the number of inmates who return to county jails, federal prisons or prisons in other states.)


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 release. Inmates released in June 2014 served an average of 85.2% of their sentences.

More than 83.4% of 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. In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the Department of Corrections' Community Work Squad inmates performed almost 5.4 million hours of work in our communities, valued at more than $76 million, and after costs, provided the citizens of Florida with a net cost savings/value added of approximately $45 million.

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Appropriation History (Billions)

Appropriation History (Billions). 2005-06 = $2.1, 2006-07 = $2.3, 2007-08 = $2.5, 2008-09 = $2.6, 2009-10 = $2.4, 2010-11 = $2.4, 2011-12 = $2.1, 2012-13 = $2.0, 2013-14 = $2.1

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 2013-14 borrowed 1,293,335 books and periodicals. This includes fiction, non-fiction, reference books, magazines, and newspapers. Law library services were provided to inmates 550,627 times throughout the state. If you or your organization would like to donate books to our general prison libraries, please contact Marty Morrison at (850) 717-3163.

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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 (53 locations) farms and gardens and six University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) facilities. The farm program delivered over 11.1 million pounds of produce including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, watermelon, and 25 other fruits and vegetables from July 2013 to June 2014, compared to 10.4 million pounds during the same time the previous year. This year’s production resulted in $5.4 million in savings. These crops, which include donations and IFAS-produced crops, 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.

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Per Diem (Fiscal Year 2012-13)

It costs an average $47.50 a day or $17,338 per year to house an inmate in a Florida prison.

Salaries

Certified entry-level Correctional Officers are paid $30,807.92 annually.

Certified entry-level Correctional Probation Officers are paid $33,478.12 annually.

Statistics

From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, 32,442 inmates were admitted to prison, and 32,921 inmates were released. During that same period, 86,369 offenders were admitted to community supervision, and 87,533 were released from supervision.


Prison Statistics

Inmates in Florida's prisons in July 2014 ranged in age from 15 to 92.

Of the 100,444 inmates in Florida prisons on July 20, 2014, 93% were male and 7% female.

The top ten offenses Florida inmates were serving time for on June 30, 2014 were:

Top 10 Offenses on June 30, 2013
Primary Offense # Inmates % total inmates
Robbery With Weapon 8,872 8.8%
Burglary of a Dwelling 8,585 8.5%
Manufacture, Sale or Purchase of Drugs    7,673 7.6%
Capital (First Degree) Murder 7,103 7.0%
Drug Trafficking 6,283 6.2%
Lewd and Lascivious Behavior 5,250 5.2%
Second Degree Murder 5,003 5.0%
Robbery Without Weapon 3,371 3.3%
Aggravated Battery 3,238 3.2%
Weapons Possession 3,228 3.2%

 

The top ten counties of conviction for inmates in prison on June 30, 2014 were:

Top 10 Counties of Conviction on June 30, 2013
County of Conviction # Inmates % total inmates
Miami-Dade 8,034 8.0%
Broward 7,794 7.7%
Duval 7,698 7.6%
Hillsborough 7,442 7.4%
Pinellas 6,045 6.0%
Orange 5,387 5.3%
Palm Beach 4,212 4.5%
Polk 4,087 4.1%
Brevard 3,030 3.0%
Marion 2,979 3.0%

Inmate Population on June 30, 2014 by Primary Offense

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision (June 30, 2014): Violent 53.4%; Drugs 16.2%; Property 22.2%; Other 8.0%

 

Community Supervision Statistics

Primary Offense of Offenders on Community Supervision on June 30, 2013
Primary Offense Length of Supervision Average Age at Offense % Offenders
Murder/Manslaughter 15.2 yrs 28.5 yrs 1.6%
Sexual Offense 10.2 yrs 34.4 yrs 4.5%
Robbery 6.6 yrs 24.3 yrs 3.7%
Violent Offenses 3.9 yrs 32.4 yrs 15.6%
Burglary 4.0 yrs 26.5 yrs 10.9%
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 4.0 yrs 32.7 yrs 28.5%
Drugs 3.1 yrs 32.2 yrs 24.5%
Weapons 3.2 yrs 30.7 yrs 2.5%
Other Non-Violent 3.0 yrs 35.4 yrs 8.2%

 

General Characteristics of Offenders on Supervision on June 30, 2013
Gender % Offenders
Male 74.9%
Female 25.1%
Race
White 62.5%
Black 32.4%
Other 5.1%
Prior Supervision Commitments
None 59.9%
1 21.3%
2 9.2%
3 4.5%
4 5.1%

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision June 30, 2014

Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision (June 30, 2014): Violent 25.9%; Drugs 25.5%; Property 38.8%; Other 10.7%

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/InmateInfo/InmateInfoMenu.asp.

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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