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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

December 1998

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 51,215 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of December 1998. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 44,393 adult males (86.7%), 5,792 adult females (11.3%), 991 juvenile males (1.9%) and 39 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 December 1998:

December 1998 Jail Population Recap

  • 73.9% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.4% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.7% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 1,030 or 2.0% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (991) being male. Most juveniles (98.5%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.6% or 45,384) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in December 1998 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 54.6% of the inmate population.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report: Nassau County Jail and Taylor County Jail. In addition, due to technical problems, Hillsborough County reported a total ADP of 3,182 which is excluded because they were unable to provide a breakdown by category.

Incarceration Rates

In December 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 0.4 in Jefferson County, to a high of 9.1 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 December 1998, 27,674 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 23,030 offenders (83.2%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,644 (16.8%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 64 counties reporting, 35 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report: Nassau County Jail and Taylor County Jail. In addition, due to technical problems, Hillsborough County reported a total ADP of 3,182 which is excluded because they were unable to provide a breakdown by category.