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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

Sentence Length of
Current Commitment

  • More than one-fourth (25.8%) of current inmates have sentences of three years or less.

  • Whereas the AVERAGE sentence length of current inmates is 14.9 years, the MEDIAN sentence length (same number of inmates with sentences above and below that number) is 7.1 years.

  • Almost 73% 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" (11,052 or 14.3% of the inmate population on June 30, 2003). This category is followed closely by those with Life or Death sentences, 8,991 or 11.6% of all inmates.
Total Sentence Length Of Current Commitment
(Inmate Population on June 30, 2003)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 Year or Less 7 2 1 1 0 0 11 0.0% 0.0%
GT 1, LE 2 Yrs.* 4,533 786 4,881 601 200 51 11,052 14.3% 14.3%
GT 2, LE 3 Yrs. 3,711 397 4,149 406 205 36 8,904 11.5% 25.8%
GT 3, LE 4 Yrs. 2,250 193 2,695 211 116 21 5,486 7.1% 32.9%
GT 4, LE 5 Yrs. 3,045 250 3,433 259 142 30 7,159 9.3% 42.2%
GT 5, LE 6 Yrs. 1,344 67 1,497 88 73 12 3,081 4.0% 46.2%
GT 6, LE 7 Yrs. 1,226 72 1,283 79 89 16 2,765 3.6% 49.8%
GT 7, LE 8 Yrs. 1,105 58 1,253 51 50 8 2,525 3.3% 53.0%
GT 8, LE 9 Yrs. 626 27 680 22 40 7 1,402 1.8% 54.8%
GT 9, LE 10 Yrs. 1,869 62 2,350 112 113 24 4,530 5.9% 60.7%
GT 10, LE 12 Yrs. 1,065 62 1,233 41 92 19 2,512 3.2% 63.9%
GT 12, LE 15 Yrs. 2,247 73 2,872 80 150 22 5,444 7.0% 71.0%
GT 15, LE 24 Yrs. 2,194 86 2,986 71 127 13 5,477 7.1% 78.1%
GT 24, LE 30 Yrs. 1,559 45 2,347 41 110 8 4,110 5.3% 83.4%
GT 30, LE 40 Yrs. 773 25 1,152 23 50 4 2,027 2.6% 86.0%
GT 40, LE 50 Yrs. 272 7 421 8 13 2 723 0.9% 86.9%
Over 50 Yrs. 424 11 626 6 28 1 1,096 1.4% 88.4%
Life/Death 3,984 120 4,544 70 266 7 8,991 11.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 10 1 9 1 0 0 21    
TOTAL 32,244 2,344 38,412 2,171 1,864 281 77,316 100.0%  
Average** 14.9 8.0 15.7 7.4 16.5 9.3 14.9    
Median** 7.0 3.0 8.0 3.5 10.0 5.1 7.1    
* 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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