Inmates in Prison
Inmate Admissions refers to the 21,951 inmates who entered the Florida prison system from July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997. The following pages will detail the characteristics of these offenders. From FY 1987-88 to FY 1989-90, inmate admissions to Florida's prison system climbed steadily, from 30,644 to 44,701. During the next six years, admissions decreased substantially. Inmate admissions rose slightly in FY 1996-97 to 21,951.
Admissions for Drug Offenses Continue to Decline
There were 4,954 drug offenders admitted during the 1996-97 fiscal year. Most of them (55.9%) had prior Florida prison commitments. For the seventh consecutive year, drug admissions have decreased. See the Profiles for more information on the typical drug offender.
Inmate population refers to the 64,713 inmates who were present in the Florida prison system on June 30, 1997. Included in this section is a subsection on the Death Row population as of June 30, 1997. The following links will detail the characteristics of these offenders.
The state of Florida was given the authority to execute inmates by the 1923 Legislature, and the following year Frank Johnson was the first inmate ever executed by the state. Male inmates under sentence of death are housed at Union Correctional Institution (C.I.) at Raiford or Florida State Prison in Starke, and female inmates reside at Broward C.I. in Pembroke Pines. The sole method of execution in Florida is the electric chair. The executioner is an anonymous, private citizen who is paid $150 per execution.
This section details the death row population over the last 10 years, the most frequent counties of conviction and the nature of additions and removals from death row.
This section includes statistics on the number of inmates who were released from the Florida prison system during the period from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997.
Releases are grouped into two broad categories: Permanent Releases and Temporary Releases. Permanent Releases are those inmates who have reached the end point of a state prison sentence and whose state prison record has been officially closed out. Temporary releases are those inmates currently in the service of a state prison sentence who are not in the physical custody of the department and whose prison record is still currently active.