Inmate Admissions Rise Sharply (10.9%) this Fiscal Year
Inmates Admitted to Prison for Drug Crimes Over Five Years
Inmate admissions refer to the number of offenders admitted into the prison system during a given period of time. In this report, fiscal years run from July 1 to June 30. The following tables and charts will detail the characteristics of inmates who were admitted into Florida state prisons from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003. Other fiscal years may also be featured to illustrate trends.
From June 30, 2002 to June 30, 2003, the number of inmates admitted to prison increased 10.9%, from 26,049 to 28,882. Because of this sharp increase in admissions and a desire to avoid early release of inmates, the Florida Legislature approved $65 million for new prison beds to be built.
The $65 million will go toward operating funds and positions for 3,168 beds in 22 dorms statewide; support staff at Hendry CI and South Florida Reception Centerís South Unit; and construction of 14 new dorms at various locations and at Santa Rosa Annex.
29.0% of all prison admissions in FY 2002-03 were sentenced for drug crimes, compared to 27.3% in FY 1998-99.