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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. Throughout the years, much 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 FLORIDA'S
FEMALE OFFENDER POPULATION

JUNE 2001

 

INCARCERATED FEMALE OFFENDERS

 

1978 1988 2001

FEMALE STATUS
POPULATION

798 1,858 4,244
PERCENTAGE OF
TOTAL STATUS
POPULATION
4.2% 5.5% 5.9%
TEN YEAR
PERCENTAGE
INCREASE
N/A 132.8% 431.8%

 

  SUPERVISED FEMALE OFFENDERS
  1978 1988 2001
FEMALE STATUS
POPULATION
4,556 16,875 33,501
PERCENTAGE OF
TOTAL STATUS
POPULATION
12.9% 19.3% 22.9%
TEN YEAR
PERCENTAGE
INCREASE
635.3% 270% 635.3%
Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis