That prison admissions jumped 10.9% this year?
From June 30, 2002 to June 30, 2003, the number of inmates admitted to prison increased 10.9%, from 26,049 to 28,882. While it is normal for inmate admissions to increase or decrease slightly each year, this increase is unusually large. As a result of this sharp rise in admissions, the Florida Legislature approved $65 million for new prison beds to be built, so that no inmates would have to be released early. The money provides operating funds and positions for 3,168 beds in 22 dorms located across the state.
Inmate Admissions Over 10 Years
It also provides support staffing for Hendry CI and South Florida Reception Centerís South Unit. And it provides funds to begin construction of 14 new dorms at various locations and at Santa Rosa Annex. For each of the past ten years, the single largest group of prison admissions was incarcerated for drug crimes, from 27.9% in FY 1993-94 to 29.0% in FY 2002-03.
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