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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Introduction to Statistics

How the Statistical Pages
That Follow Are Organized

The pages that follow provide statistical information on offenders in the custody of or supervised by the Florida Department of Corrections. This information is organized in two main sections: Inmates in Prison and Offenders under Community Supervision. Each section is then divided into three distinct populations: Admissions (those who entered the Florida prison system or Community Supervision from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009); Population (those inmates in the Florida prison system or offenders on Community Supervision on June 30, 2009); and Releases (those released from the Florida prison system or Community Supervision from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009). The Inmate Population section also includes a section on death row inmates. These statistics reflect demographic characteristics as well as aspects of the offenders’ criminal histories. When using these statistics, use caution. Definitions often depend on the user or purpose. An example is the term “violent offense” which is defined below.

Violent Offense Definition

A crime is defined as violent if it involves actual physical harm or the threat of physical harm to a person, or the crime has a reasonable probability of causing unintended physical harm or physical threat of harm to a person. Crimes are defined as violent from the statutory reference only. Therefore, a judgment has to be made based on sometimes limited information whether the crime fits this definition. For example, if the crime is shooting into a vehicle, it is not known if actual physical harm or the threat of physical harm occurred. But in this case, we assume there is a reasonable probability that violence could have resulted.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Statistical information from previous annual reports is available upon request from the
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Or call (850) 488-1801
Fax (850) 488-1967

Prison libraries, such as this one, accept book donations from the public.
Prison libraries, such as this one, accept book donations from the public.
Prison libraries, such as this one, accept book donations from the public.

For more information on the contents of this report, see our Table of Contents.