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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Population

Sentence Length of
Current Commitment

  • More than one-fourth (26.9%) of current inmates have sentences of three years or less.

  • Whereas the AVERAGE sentence length of current inmates is 14.6 years, the MEDIAN sentence length (same number of inmates with sentences above and below that number) is 7.0 years.

  • Over three-fourths (76.2%) 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" (12,273 or 15.0% of the inmate population on June 30, 2004). This category is followed closely by "greater than two years, less than three" (9,763 or 11.9% of all inmates) and those with Life or Death sentences (9,298 or 11.3% of all inmates).
Total Sentence Length Of Current Commitment
(Inmate Population on June 30, 2004)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 Year or Less 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0% 0.0%
GT 1, LE 2 Yrs.* 4,934 955 5,408 688 254 34 12,273 15.0% 15.0%
GT 2, LE 3 Yrs. 4,156 490 4,417 406 266 28 9,763 11.9% 26.9%
GT 3, LE 4 Yrs. 2,380 201 2,760 223 139 18 5,721 7.0% 33.9%
GT 4, LE 5 Yrs. 3,219 277 3,651 278 171 33 7,629 9.3% 43.2%
GT 5, LE 6 Yrs. 1,330 81 1,518 86 90 12 3,117 3.8% 47.0%
GT 6, LE 7 Yrs. 1,312 95 1,233 81 102 13 2,836 3.5% 50.4%
GT 7, LE 8 Yrs. 1,136 56 1,218 50 60 8 2,528 3.1% 53.5%
GT 8, LE 9 Yrs. 652 25 644 24 42 8 1,395 1.7% 55.2%
GT 9, LE 10 Yrs. 2,110 85 2,642 124 154 25 5,140 6.3% 61.5%
GT 10, LE 12 Yrs. 1,121 64 1,244 41 102 18 2,590 3.2% 64.6%
GT 12, LE 15 Yrs. 2,382 84 3,026 89 177 20 5,778 7.0% 71.7%
GT 15, LE 24 Yrs. 2,225 96 3,050 68 146 13 5,598 6.8% 78.5%
GT 24, LE 30 Yrs. 1,631 48 2,448 38 122 7 4,294 5.2% 83.8%
GT 30, LE 40 Yrs. 773 21 1,170 24 53 5 2,046 2.5% 86.3%
GT 40, LE 50 Yrs. 278 9 433 8 18 2 748 0.9% 87.2%
Over 50 Yrs. 418 12 637 7 31 1 1,106 1.3% 88.5%
Life/Death 4,090 119 4,722 74 285 8 9,298 11.3% 99.9%
Data Unavailable 53 15 36 4 2 0 110    
TOTAL 34,202 2,733 40,259 2,313 2,214 253 81,974 100.0%  
Average** 14.5 7.4 15.5 7.2 15.6 10.2 14.6    
Median** 7.0 3.0 8.0 3.4 9.0 6.5 7.0    
* 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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