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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

Slight Decrease in Number of Inmates Suffering from Mental Disorders

There was a slight overall decrease in the number of inmates suffering from mental disorder from June 2012 (17.6%) to June 2013 (17.1%). However, the number of inmates suffering from severe mental disorders increased by 1.7% from June 2012 to June 2013.

Generally accepted epidemiological studies indicate that between 15.0% and 20.0% of the mentally ill in state and federal prisons suffer from serious mental disorders. In Florida, about 17.1% of inmates suffer from mental disorders that require ongoing mental health treatment and services.

Mental health grades range from S-1 to S-6. The S-1 grade indicates an inmate who does not have an impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a mental disorder that requires ongoing mental health treatment. The S-2 grade denotes an inmate with mild impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a diagnosed mental disorder that requires ongoing outpatient mental health treatment. The S-3 grade indicates moderate impairment in adaptive functioning associated with a mental disorder that requires ongoing outpatient mental health treatment. The S-4, S-5, and S-6 grades indicate severe impairment in adaptive functioning that is associated with a diagnosed mental disorder and requires inpatient mental health treatment in a transitional care unit (TCU), a crisis stabilization unit (CSU), or the Correctional Mental Health Treatment Facility (CMHTF). Admission to a CMHTF requires judicial commitment.

  • 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: 82.2% in 2009; 82.1% in 2010; 82.0% in 2011; 82.4% in 2012, and 82.9% in 2013.


Inmates Suffering From Mental Disorders and Severity of Mental Illness
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 = 620