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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Security and Institutional Management

Youthful Offenders
Quick Facts

Inmates sentenced or classified as youthful offenders are assigned to one of several designated youthful offender facilities.

  • The Court may sentence a person as a youthful offender if the crime was committed prior to his or her twenty-first birthday (F.S. 958.04).
  • The Department of Corrections may classify an inmate as a youthful offender if he or she is 24 years old or under, with a sentence of 10 years or less. Vulnerable inmates who are 19 or under with a sentence of more than 10 years may also be classified as youthful offenders, if their safety would be jeopardized in an adult institution.
  • During FY 95-96, 50 inmates were at some point classified in youthful offender status for protective reasons.
  • Capital or life felons may not be classified or sentenced as youthful offenders.
  • Youthful offenders who are ages 14-18 must be separated from youthful offenders ages 19-24.

Youthful Offender Population

(Population on June 30, 1996)
Institution Age Range Custody Population
Indian River CI 18 & below med/min 279
Hillsborough CI 18 & below close/med/min 316
Lancaster CI 19 to 24 med/min 618
Lancaster Work Camp 19 to 24 med/min 266
Brevard CI 19 to 24 close/med/min 939
Brevard Work Camp 19 to 24 med/min 265
Sumter Boot Camp 24 & below med/min 63
Florida CI (Females) 24 & below close/med/min 66
Reception Centers 24 & below close/med/min 547
Community Correctional Centers 24 & below minimum 191
Drug Treatment Centers 24 & below minimum 7
Dept. of Juvenile Justice 24 & below minimum 9
TOTAL     3,566