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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Introduction

Females in the criminal justice system have often been referred to as the "forgotten" or "neglected" offenders. Virtually all of the correctional literature and research has focused on male offenders, which is due primarily to the fact that men have comprised an overwhelming proportion of the nation's total offender population. However, statistics show that the number of female offenders is on the rise as is the proportion of the population they represent. In the last decade, the number of women imprisoned in the United States has tripled and on any given day more than 80,000 females are incarcerated in our nation's correctional system.

THIRTY YEAR OVERVIEW OF FLORIDAS
FEMALE OFFENDER POPULATION
DECEMBER 1999

  INCARCERATED FEMALE OFFENDERS
1978 1988 1999
STATUS
POPULATION
798 1,858 3,633
PERCENTAGE OF
TOTAL POPULATION
4.2% 5.5% 5.3%
TEN YEAR
PERCENTAGE
INCREASE
  132.8%  

  SUPERVISED FEMALE OFFENDERS

1978

1988

1999

STATUS
POPULATION

4,556

16,875

33,024

PERCENTAGE OF
TOTAL POPULATION

12.9%

19.3%

22.0%

TEN YEAR
PERCENTAGE
INCREASE
 

270%

 

 

Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis