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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Average Sentence Length: 5.1 Years

  • Most (62.8%) of those admitted to prison this fiscal year were sentenced to three years or less. The average sentence for everyone admitted to prison this fiscal year was 5.1 years. For calculation purposes, those sentenced to more than 50 years, life or death were coded as 50-year sentences.

  • Of the 443 inmates admitted to prison in FY 2000-01 with life sentences, 421 will serve a life sentence with no possibility of parole. The 22 who are parole eligible will have to serve 25 years in prison before becoming parole eligible.

  • Men who received death sentences are housed on death row at either Union Correctional Institution or Florida State Prison. Women on death row are located at Broward CI.

  • Over the past five years, average prison sentences have decreased slightly, from 5.7 years to 5.1 years, but the average percentage of sentence served has increased from 65.9% in FY 1996-97 to 82.1% for those released this fiscal year.

  • Anyone sentenced to prison today for a crime committed on or after October 1, 1995 will have served 85% of their sentence or more by the time they are released.

  • Any county jail time that an inmate has served prior to coming to state prison is subtracted from the prison sentence upon entry into prison. County jail time can range from days to years, and averaged 5.7 months for the inmates admitted in FY 2000-01.

Sentence Length of Current Commitment
(INMATE ADMISSIONS FOR FY 2000-01)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 Year or Less
19
0
7
1
0
1
28
0.1%
0.1%
GT 1, LE 2 Yrs.*
4,429
721
5,174
643
164
39
11,170
43.4%
43.5%
GT 2, LE 3 Yrs.
2,003
221
2,408
232
76
25
4,965
19.3%
62.8%
GT 3, LE 4 Yrs.
962
86
1,097
77
29
11
2,262
8.8%
71.6%
GT 4, LE 5 Yrs.
949
70
1,087
68
35
10
2,219
8.6%
80.2%
GT 5, LE 6 Yrs.
333
16
331
26
9
5
720
2.8%
83.0%
GT 6, LE 7 Yrs.
270
17
251
14
8
4
564
2.2%
85.2%
GT 7, LE 8 Yrs.
203
12
200
3
5
0
423
1.6%
86.9%
GT 8, LE 9 Yrs.
85
6
87
2
1
1
182
0.7%
87.6%
GT 9, LE 10 Yrs.
343
12
363
13
21
4
756
2.9%
90.5%
GT 10, LE 12 Yrs.
123
9
108
7
5
3
255
1.0%
91.5%
GT 12, LE 15 Yrs.
344
8
338
6
11
2
709
2.8%
94.3%
GT 15, LE 24 Yrs.
226
8
244
9
11
1
499
1.9%
96.2%
GT 24, LE 30 Yrs.
150
7
170
3
12
3
345
1.3%
97.5%
GT 30, LE 40 Yrs.
51
2
58
4
4
0
119
0.5%
98.0%
GT 40, LE 50 Yrs.
18
0
10
0
0
0
28
0.1%
98.1%
Over 50 Yrs.
7
0
18
0
0
1
26
0.1%
98.2%
Life
184
6
236
6
11
0
443
1.7%
99.9%
Death
12
0
5
0
1
0
18
0.1%
100.0%
TOTAL
10,711
1,201
12,192
1,114
403
110
25,731
100.0%
100.0%
Average**
5.3
3.0
5.3
3.1
6.5
4.8
5.1
 
 
Median**
2.7
1.8
2.5
2.0
3.0
3.0
2.5
 
 
* GT - Greater than, LE - less than or equal to.
** Sentence lengths of 50 years or longer, life, and death are coded as 50 years for calculations of averages and medians.


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