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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Population

Increase in Number of Inmates Suffering from Mental Disorders

Generally accepted epidemiological studies indicated that between 15% and 20% of the mentally ill in state and federal prisons suffer from serious mental disorders. In Florida, about 18% 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 percent of the prison population without significant impairment in their adaptive functioning due to a mental disorder problem has remained relatively stable: 81.9 % in 2008; 82.2% in 2009; 82.1% in 2010; 82% in 2011, and 82.4% in 2012.


Inmates with Mental Disorders
on June 30 Compared Over Five Years
Mild from 4,071 in 2008 to 4,709 in 2012.  Moderate from 12,686 in 2008 to 11,925 in 2012.  Severe from 968 in 2008 to 986 in 2012
Data Unavailable = 693