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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Introduction to Statistics

How the Statistical Pages That Follow Are Organized

The pages that follow provide statistical information on inmates in prison and offenders on community supervision with the Florida Department of Corrections. This information is organized in two main sections: Inmates in Prison and Offenders on 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, 2012 through June 30, 2013);
  • Population (those inmates in the Florida prison system or offenders on Community Supervision on June 30, 2013); and
  • Releases (those released from the Florida prison system or Community Supervision from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013). The Inmate Population section also includes a section on death row inmates and escapes. These statistics reflect demographic characteristics as well as aspects of the offenders’ criminal histories.

For these statistical pages, the definition of "violent offense" is as follows:

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
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
Or call (850) 717-3647
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.
Inmates using Florida prison general libraries during Fiscal Year 2012-13 borrowed 1,412,474 books and periodicals. This includes fiction, non-fiction, reference books, magazines, and newspapers. Law library services were provided to inmates 549,011 times throughout the state. If you or your organization would like to donate books to our general prison libraries, please contact Marty Morrison at (850) 717-3163

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