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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

September 1998

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 52,706 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of September 1998. The statewide average daily population(ADP) totals include 45,328 adult males (86.0%), 6,218 adult females (11.8%), 1,110 juvenile males (2.1%) and 50 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 September 1998:

September 1998 Jail Population Recap

  • 74.0% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.1% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.9% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 1,160 or 2.1% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (1,110) being male. Most juveniles (97.2%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (46,438 or 88.1%) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in September 1998 was male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 54.5% of the inmate population.

Incarceration Rates

In September 1998, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.6 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates from 1997. Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.1 in Union County, to a high of 9.1 in St. Johns 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 September 1998, 28,728 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 23,810 offenders (82.9%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,918 (17.1%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 65 counties reporting, 32 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.