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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

Florida Prison Population
Jumps 5.1% Since Last Fiscal Year

Inmate population refers to the 77,316 inmates who were present in the Florida prison system on June 30, 2003. The following tables and charts will detail the characteristics of these inmates. Other fiscal years are also featured to illustrate trends.

  • The number of inmates in prison rose 52.8% over the last 10 years, from 50,603 in June 1993 to 77,316 in June 2003. There was only a 16.7% rise in inmate population since 1998, but a hefty 5.1% jump from last fiscal year.

  • The majority of inmates in prison on June 30, 2003 are male (72,520 or 93.8%) and black (40,583 or 52.5%). However, the percentage of black inmates in prison is decreasing (58.5% in June 1993 to 52.5% in June 2003.)

  • The top five categories of primary offenses for which inmates are incarcerated are: drugs 19.0%), burglary (15.5%), murder/manslaughter 13.8%), robbery (13.3%) and violent personal offenses such as carjacking and aggravated assault (12.2%).

  • On June 30, 2003, 453 of every 100,000 Floridians were incarcerated compared to 438 in 1999.
Inmate Population on
June 30, 1993-2003 Rose from 50,603 in 1993 to 77,316 in 2003


Inmates Incarcerated on June 30
(per 100,000 Florida Population) Rose from 438 in 1999 to 453 in 2003


This section of the 2002-03 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the fifteen-page section (679K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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