For the first time in at least 20 years (and possibly longer) the inmate population of the Florida Department of Corrections has surpassed that of New York, making us the third largest state prison system in the United States. As of December 31, 2001, Texas led all states with an inmate population of 162,070, followed by California with 159,444 inmates; Florida with 72,406 inmates and New York with 67,534.
This chart illustrates the Florida prison system population by gender on June 30 for the last five fiscal years.
Of the four largest systems, Florida is the only one that had a population increase from December 31, 2000 (71,319) to the end of 2001 (72,406), an increase of 1.5%. Texas' inmate population decreased by 2.8%, California's decreased by 2.2% and New York's decreased by 3.8%.Our prison population continued to increase from the end of 2001 to 75,210 on December 31, 2002.
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