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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Population

Sentence Length of
Current Commitment

  • Almost one-fourth (24.5%) of current inmates have sentences of three years or less.

  • Whereas the AVERAGE sentence length of current inmates is 15.1 years, the MEDIAN sentence length (same number of inmates with sentences above and below that number) is 7.5 years.

  • Sixty-eight percent of current inmates are serving under the 85% law, which means that for crimes committed on or after October 1, 1995, the inmate has to serve at least 85% of his or her sentence.

  • The largest category of sentence length for current inmates is "greater than one year, less than two" (9,494 or 12.9% of the inmate population on June 30, 2002.) This category is followed closely by those with Life or Death sentences, 8,659 or 11.8% of all inmates.
Total Sentence Length Of Current Commitment
(Inmate Population on June 30, 2002)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 Year or Less 5 1 4 0 1 0 11 0.0% 0.0%
GT 1, LE 2 Yrs.* 3,859 568 4,339 533 150 45 9,494 12.9% 12.9%
GT 2, LE 3 Yrs. 3,402 362 4,086 426 156 43 8,475 11.5% 24.5%
GT 3, LE 4 Yrs. 2,218 196 2,598 216 114 18 5,360 7.3% 31.8%
GT 4, LE 5 Yrs. 2,891 210 3,273 239 112 31 6,756 9.2% 40.9%
GT 5, LE 6 Yrs. 1,375 59 1,507 99 66 12 3,118 4.2% 45.2%
GT 6, LE 7 Yrs. 1,208 72 1,322 62 86 18 2,768 3.8% 48.9%
GT 7, LE 8 Yrs. 1,032 53 1,255 53 52 8 2,453 3.3% 52.3%
GT 8, LE 9 Yrs. 626 24 693 27 31 6 1,407 1.9% 54.2%
GT 9, LE 10 Yrs. 1,634 51 2,136 104 98 22 4,045 5.5% 59.7%
GT 10, LE 12 Yrs. 1,065 66 1,294 45 81 20 2,571 3.5% 63.2%
GT 12, LE 15 Yrs. 2,060 61 2,727 81 135 17 5,081 6.9% 70.1%
GT 15, LE 24 Yrs. 2,158 73 3,032 81 132 10 5,486 7.5% 77.6%
GT 24, LE 30 Yrs. 1,511 43 2,300 43 112 8 4,017 5.5% 83.0%
GT 30, LE 40 Yrs. 765 25 1,147 22 52 3 2,014 2.7% 85.8%
GT 40, LE 50 Yrs. 260 6 421 8 13 1 709 1.0% 86.7%
GT 50 Yrs. 418 12 619 7 28 1 1,085 1.5% 88.2%
Life/Death 3,872 119 4,350 70 241 7 8,659 11.8% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 24 0 18 2 0 0 44    
TOTAL 30,383 2,001 37,121 2,118 1,660 270 73,553 100.0% 100.0%
Average** 15.3 8.7 15.8 7.6 17.3 8.8 15.1    
Median** 7.4 3.5 8.4 3.6 10.0 5.0 7.5    
* 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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