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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
Increases 5.8% Since Last Fiscal Year

Inmate population refers to the 98,192 inmates who were present in the Florida prison system on June 30, 2008. 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 19.8% over the last 5 years from 81,974 in June 2004 to 98,192 in June 2008. There was a 5.8% increase since last fiscal year.

  • The majority of inmates in prison on June 30, 2008 are male (91,304 or 93.0%) and black (48,918 or 49.8%). However, the percentage of black inmates in prison is decreasing (51.9% in June 2004 to 49.8% in June 2008).

  • The top five categories of primary offenses for which inmates are incarcerated are: drugs (20.5%), burglary (14.3%), murder/manslaughter (12.5%), violent personal offenses such as carjacking and aggravated assault (12.3%), and robbery (12.0%).

  • On June 30, 2008, 521 of every 100,000 Floridians were incarcerated compared to 468 in 2004.

Inmate Population on June 30 Compared Over Five Years

Rose from 81,974 in 2004 to 98,192 in 2008


Inmates Incarcerated on June 30
(per 100,000 Florida Population)

Rose from 468 in 2004 to 521 in 2008


This section of the 2007-08 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the 13 page section (2,515K PDF file) for printing or viewing.