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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Releases and Time Served

Facts about Time Served...

Prior to October 1995, the amount of time served by inmates sentenced to state prison was dictated by several types of gain time and provisional credits that were in place due to past prison overcrowding. The 1995 legislature passed into law the Truth in Sentencing Act that requires all offenders sentenced to prison to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-appointed sentence.

Any offenders whose crimes were committed on or after October 1, 1995, are now subject to this requirement and these offenders must serve, at minimum, 85% of their sentences. Inmates sentenced prior to this date are not required to serve 85% of their sentences, and will therefore have a lower overall percentage of sentence served. Most of the inmates released in this fiscal year who were not sentenced under the Truth in Sentencing Act are violent offenders.

  • Inmates released during June 2013 served an average of 85.2% of their court-imposed sentences.
Release From Prison By Type of Offense for June 2013
  Average Number of Months Served Average % of Sentence Served*
Murder, Manslaughter 108.4 82.2
Sexual Offenses 77.0 78.9
Robbery 65.1 84.6
Violent Personal Offenses 37.3 85.3
Burglary 40.3 85.5
Theft/Forgery/Fraud 26.2 84.9
Drug Offenses 32.5 85.9
Weapons 45.5 89.7
Other 26.8 85.1
All Offenses 39.6 85.2
* Including County Jail Time Served

Average Percentage of Sentence Served in June Compared Over Five Fiscal Years
Both Violent and All Offenders decrease:  Violent = 84.6% in June 2008 to 86.6% in June 2012; All Offenders = 86.8% in June 2008 to 85.9% in June 2012