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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 (27.1%) 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 (78.6%) 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” (12,790 or 15.1% of the inmate population on June 30, 2005). This category is followed closely by “greater than two years, less than three” (10,112 or 11.9% of all inmates) and those with life or death sentences (9,719 or 11.4% of all inmates).
Total Sentence Length Of Current Commitment
(Inmate Population on June 30, 2005)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 Year or Less 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0% 0.0%
GT 1, LE 2 Yrs.* 5,286 1,088 5,391 675 299 51 12,790 15.1% 15.1%
GT 2, LE 3 Yrs. 4,311 567 4,495 414 289 36 10,112 11.9% 27.1%
GT 3, LE 4 Yrs. 2,538 238 2,755 220 163 19 5,933 7.0% 34.1%
GT 4, LE 5 Yrs. 3,343 311 3,699 289 196 36 7,874 9.3% 43.4%
GT 5, LE 6 Yrs. 1,347 96 1,539 83 105 10 3,180 3.7% 47.1%
GT 6, LE 7 Yrs. 1,365 106 1,283 76 100 11 2,941 3.5% 50.6%
GT 7, LE 8 Yrs. 1,153 61 1,193 56 71 9 2,543 3.0% 53.6%
GT 8, LE 9 Yrs. 600 29 583 25 42 7 1,286 1.5% 55.1%
GT 9, LE 10 Yrs. 2,287 97 2,764 131 176 24 5,479 6.5% 61.6%
GT 10, LE 12 Yrs. 1,177 70 1,207 38 111 17 2,620 3.1% 64.7%
GT 12, LE 15 Yrs. 2,512 90 3,079 82 190 18 5,971 7.0% 71.7%
GT 15, LE 24 Yrs. 2,275 96 3,132 70 152 13 5,738 6.8% 78.5%
GT 24, LE 30 Yrs. 1,726 51 2,518 40 140 9 4,484 5.3% 83.8%
GT 30, LE 40 Yrs. 776 23 1,198 27 59 5 2,088 2.5% 86.3%
GT 40, LE 50 Yrs. 300 9 454 8 18 2 791 0.9% 87.2%
Over 50 Yrs. 427 12 639 7 31 1 1,117 1.3% 88.5%
Life/Death 4,250 124 4,965 75 296 9 9,719 11.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 118 11 88 5 10 2 234    
TOTAL 35,792 3,079 40,982 2,321 2,448 279 84,901 100.0%  
Average** 14.4 7.1 15.7 7.3 15.1 9.6 14.6    
Median** 7.0 3.0 8.2 3.5 8.0 5.0 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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