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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

July 1998

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 50,211 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of July 1998. The statewide average daily population(ADP) totals include 43,357 adult males (86.3%), 5,764 adult females (11.5%), 1,041 juvenile males (2.1%) and 49 juvenile females (0.1%). The overall distribution of male and female inmates has remained constant in county detention facilities for the past several years. The following provides an analysis of the inmate population for July 1998:

July 1998 Jail Population Recap

  • 74.2% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 19.4% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.3% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 1,090 or 2.2% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (1,041) being male. Most juveniles (97.3%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.4% or 44,398) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in July 1998 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 53.0% of the inmate population.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report:
Calhoun County Jail, Holmes County Jail, Okaloosa County Jail, and St. Lucie County Correctional Facility.

Incarceration Rates

In July 1998, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.5 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates from 1997. Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.5 in Union County, to a high of 7.0 in Franklin County. Other counties may be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for state and federal inmates.

Pretrial Population Levels

During the month of July 1998, 26,624 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 22,380 offenders (84.1%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,244 (15.9%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 63 counties reporting, 34 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report:
Calhoun County Jail, Holmes County Jail, Okaloosa County Jail, and St. Lucie County Correctional Facility.