Felony cases are processed through judicial circuits. A circuit can consist of one large county (Circuit 11: Miami-Dade) or several smaller counties (Circuit 3: Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties). The county that an inmate is admitted from is generally the county in which the inmate committed his or her crime.
The top five counties of admission (Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Orange, and Pinellas) provide almost half (42.8%) of all prison admissions statewide.
Broward and Miami-Dade counties alone account for 20.7% of all state prison admissions, and 31.4% of the admissions from those two counties this fiscal year were for drug offenses, compared to 27.1% in FY 1996-97.
As expected, the least populated counties consistently have the fewest number of prison admissions.
Judicial Circuits with Most
Admissions in FY 2000-01