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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

Increase in Number of Inmates
Suffering from Mental Disorders

Generally accepted epidemiological studies indicated that between 10 and 20% of the mentally ill in state and federal prisons suffer from serious mental disorders. In Florida, about 17.9% of the inmates receive ongoing mental health care.

Mental health grades range from S-1 to S-6. S-1 grade (Normal) indicates no significant mental health problems are present. Inmates may need only episodic outpatient care and/or crisis intervention. S-2 grade (Mild) indicates the inmate needs ongoing services of outpatient psychology either intermittent or continuous. S-3 grade (Moderate) indicates inmate needs ongoing services of outpatient psychiatry (case management, group and/or individual counseling, as well as psychiatric or psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) care). Clinical management may require periodic administration of psychotropic medication, although the inmate may exercise her/his right to refuse the medication. S-4, S-5 and S-6 grades (Severe) indicate inpatient mental health services in a transitional care unit (TCU), a crisis stabilization unit (CSU), or an assignment to the Corrections Mental Health Institution (CMHI).

  • Over a five year period, the percentage of the prison population without significant mental health problems has remained relatively stable: 83.4% in 2006; 82.1% in 2007; 81.9 % in 2008; and 82.2% in 2009 and 82.1% in 2010.


Inmates with Mental Disorders
on June 30 Compared Over Five Years
Mild from 3,254 in 2006 to 4,699 in 2010.  Moderate from 10,553 in 2006 to 12,708 in 2010.  Severe from 812 in 2006 to 924 in 2010