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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

County Detention Facilities Profile Summary

1997 Annual Report

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 45,644 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during 1997. This figure represents an 6.9% increase in the inmate population from that reported for 1996. The statewide average daily population (ADP) totals for 1997 include 39,518 adult males (86.6%), 5,140 adult females (11.3%), 936 juvenile males (2.0%) and 50 juvenile females (.1%). The overall distribution of male and female inmates has remained constant in county detention facilities over the past several years. The following provides an analysis of the inmate population for 1997:

1997 Jail Population Recap

  • 74.0% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.4% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.6% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for only 986 or 2.1% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (936) being male. Most juveniles (97.7%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (88.6% or 40,454) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in 1997 were male.
  • On average, 58.1% of offenders in county detention facilities in 1997 were pretrial.

Incarceration Rates

In 1997, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.3 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for Summer 1995. Average Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.2 in Union County, to a high of 8.6 in Franklin County. Wakulla County's high incarceration rate (8.1) is the direct result of holding a large portion of their inmate population for the U. S. Marshal's Service. Other counties may also be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for state and federal inmates.

Pretrial Population Levels

(See chart below for 1997 average pretrial percentages.)

Chart shows the average percent pretrial in 1997.  January was the highest month at 58.3% while August and September marked the low at 55.1%.

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