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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

Almost Half of Inmates in Prison on June 30, 2010
Were Serving for Violent Crimes

A primary offense is the most serious crime for which an inmate was convicted and sentenced to prison, based on the statutory degree of the crime. It is called the primary offense because many inmates have multiple offenses for which they are sentenced to prison.

  • Almost half of inmates (48.9%) in prison on June 30, 2010 had a violent primary offense, including murder, sexual assault, robbery, and arson.

  • Drug offenders, those with primary offenses of sale, manufacture, purchase, trafficking or possession of drugs, comprised 19.0% of prison inmates.

  • The most common categories of primary offense among inmates on June 30, 2010 were the sale, purchase or manufacture of drugs (9.7%), robbery with a weapon (8.5%), and burglary of a dwelling (7.7%).

  • For inmates with a primary offense of murder or manslaughter, the average sentence length was 35.7 years, and their average age at offense was 28.1 years. (Sentences of life, death and more than 50 years were counted as 50 years for these calculation purposes.)

  • The average sentence length for other primary offense groups were: 22.5 years for sexual offenses, 18.6 years for robbery, and 11.7 years for burglary.

  • For prison inmates, robbery is the offense type with the youngest average age at offense: 26.1 years.
Comparing Primary Offense Type
For Inmates in Prison on June 30, 2000 and 2010
Murder, Manslaughter from 14.6% to 12.9%. Sexual Offenses from 11.0% to 10.9%. Robbery from 14.2% to 13.0%. Violent Personal offenses from 11.9% to 12.1%. Burglary from 17.3% to 15.4%. Theft, Forgery, Fraud from 7.2% to 8.1%. Drugs from 17.7% to 19.0%.  Weapons from 2.5% to 3.2%. Other Offenses from 3.6% to 5.4%.