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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 Population

More than Half of All Inmates
Serving 85% of Sentences

Offenders who committed their offenses on or after October 1, 1995 are required to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-imposed sentence prior to their release. On June 30, 2002, more than half (68.0%) of all inmates in prison had been sentenced under this law, meaning they will serve at least 85% of their sentences, and that number is expected to increase annually. The average percentage of sentence served for released offenders has significantly increased in the last 10 years, from 34.0% in June 1992 to 82.7% in June 2002.

Percentage of Florida's Prison Population Sentenced Under Minimum 85% of Sentence Served Law As of June 30
Rose from 7.0% in 1997 to 68.0% in 2002

Class of Felony of Primary Offense
(Inmate Population on June 30, 2002)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent
Capital 2,354 93 1,795 49 152 5 4,448 6.2%
Life Felony 1,964 46 2,900 66 183 24 5,183 7.2%
First Degree, Life 1,913 80 2,781 100 121 10 5,005 6.9%
First Degree 6,603 356 8,400 441 430 107 16,337 22.6%
Second Degree 11,109 715 14,293 806 552 76 27,551 38.1%
Third Degree 5,947 708 6,141 645 210 48 13,699 19.0%
Misdemeanor 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0%
Data Unavailable 493 3 809 11 12 0 1,328  
TOTAL 30,383 2,001 37,121 2,118 1,660 270 73,553 100.0%


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