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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: 5.0 Years

  • Most (54.8%) 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 5.0 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 5,554 1,332 5,217 679 422 41 13,245 36.4% 36.4%
Gt 2 To 3 Years 2,945 527 2,734 261 227 14 6,708 18.4% 54.8%
Gt 3 To 5 Years 3,128 463 3,018 235 287 7 7,138 19.6% 74.4%
Gt 5 To 10 Years 2,187 230 2,177 100 164 14 4,872 13.4% 87.8%
Gt 10 To 20 Years 1,142 84 1,276 42 123 4 2,671 7.3% 95.1%
Gt 20 Years Or More 715 42 919 21 73 4 1,774 4.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable       276           57            212 22 14 3 584    
Total 15,947 2,735 15,553 1,360 1,310 87 36,992 100.0%  
Average** 4.9 3.1 5.5 3.0 5.5 4.4 5.0
Median** 2.5 2.0 2.6 1.8 2.9 2.0 2.5
* 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 were up three tenths of a year in FY 2009-10. The same measure increased the same amount for Blacks. The average sentence lengths of "Others" such as Chinese, Native American, Japanese and those of Latin descent matched the highest sentence length over the five year comparison.

Sentence Lengths by Race
Blacks: Rose from 4.7 in 05-06 to 5.3 in 09-10 | White: Rose from 4.4 in 05-06 to 4.6 in 09-10 | Other: Rose from 5.0 in 05-06 to 5.5 in 09-10