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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

October 1998

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 54,112 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of October 1998. The statewide average daily population(ADP) totals include 46,544 adult males (86.0%), 6,439 adult females (11.9%), 1,077 juvenile males (2.0%) and 51 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 October 1998:

October 1998 Jail Population Recap

  • 72.7% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 21.2% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.0% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 1,128 or 2.1% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (1,077) being male. Most juveniles (99.2%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.0% or 47,620) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in October 1998 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 53.5% of the inmate population.

Incarceration Rates

In October 1998, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.7 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates from 1997. Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 0.9 in Jefferson County, to a high of 11.3 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 October 1998, 28,960 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 23,936 offenders (82.7%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 5,024 (17.3%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 67 counties reporting, 33 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.