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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 Admissions

Average Sentence Length of Admissions: 4.7 Years

  • Most (56.7%) of those admitted to prison this fiscal year were sentenced to three years or less. The average sentence for everyone admitted to prison this fiscal year was 4.7 years. For calculation purposes, those sentenced to 50 years or longer, life or death was coded as 50-year sentences.

  • Men who received death sentences are housed on death row at either Union C. I. or Florida State Prison. Women on death row are located at Lowell Annex.

  • Anyone sentenced to prison today for a crime committed on or after October 1, 1995 will have served 85% of their sentence or more by the time they are released.

Sentence Length for Current Commitment
Sentence Length White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Gt 1 To 2 Years 6,447 1,480 5,971 751 497 48 15,194 39.2% 39.2%
Gt 2 To 3 Years 2,936 496 2,791 287 221 23 6,754 17.4% 566%
Gt 3 To 5 Years 3,179 428 3,275 213 273 11 7,379 19.0% 75.6%
Gt 5 To 10 Years 2,137 220 2,283 135 192 11 4,978 12.8% 88.5%
Gt 10 To 20 Years 1,160 91 1,298 64 119 5 2,737 7.1% 95.6%
Gt 20 Years Or More 692 22 892 24 63 0 1,693 4.4% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 282 64 201 39 32 1 619    
Total 16,833 2,801 16,711 1,513 1,397 99 39,354 100.0%  
Average** 4.6 2.7 5.2 3.1 5.0 2.8 4.7    
Median** 2.2 1.7 2.5 1.9 2.5 2.0 2.2    
* 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.

Sentence lengths for Whites remained about the same in FY 2008-09. The same measure increased slightly for Blacks. The average sentence lengths of "Others" such as Chinese, Native American, Japanese and those of Latin descent were the lowest this last fiscal year than any other year in the five year comparison.

Sentence Lengths by Race
Blacks: Rose from 4.8 in 04-05 to 5.0 in 08-09 | White: Dropped from 4.5 in 04-05 to 4.3 in 08-09 | Other: Dropped from 5.1 in 04-05 to 4.9 in 08-09