|Elderly (50 or older) Population|
|Category||Population on June 30, 2011|
|Prior Supervision Commitments|
|Section 944.8041, Florida Statutes states: "For the purpose of providing information to the Legislature on elderly offenders within the correctional system, the department and the Correctional Medical Authority shall each submit an annual report on the status and treatment of elderly offenders in the state-administered and private state correctional systems and the department's geriatric facilities and dorms."|
|Type of Offense Chart|
|Type of Offense||Number||Percent|
|Violent Personal offenses||1,646||9.4%|
|May not add to 100% due to rounding.|
On June 30, 2011, there were 17,492 elderly inmates in prison, which represented 17.1% of the total population.
The Department employs a number of strategies to provide health care to elderly inmates. The continued growth in this population, combined with the state's budget shortfalls, has created challenges and opportunities for policy makers and department leadership. Moving forward, the Department and policy makers may need to find even more creative ways to deliver medically necessary, cost effective health care services to this target population.
The Department does not house inmates based solely on age. Elderly inmates are housed in most of the Department's major institutions consistent with their custody level and medical status. However, there are certain facilities whose purpose is to house or care for elderly inmates.
Currently, the facilities listed below serve relatively large populations of elderly inmates. Housing these inmates separate from the general population reduces the potential for predatory and abusive behavior by younger, more aggressive inmates and promotes efficient use of medical resources. (Note: In accordance with the provisions of SB 2000, the Department issued a number of Requests for Proposals for comprehensive health services in September 2011. If DC awards a contract or contracts as a result of the RFPs, the vendor(s) may continue providing specialized services for elderly inmates at these facilities, or utilize other facilities to provide these services.)