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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

County Detention Facilities Profile Summary 1998 Annual Report

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 49,212 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during 1998. This figure represents a 7.3% increase in the inmate population from that reported for 1997. The statewide average daily population (ADP) totals for 1998 include 42,550 adult males (86.5%), 5,618 adult females (11.4%), 993 juvenile males (2.0%) and 51 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 1998:

1998 Jail Population Recap

  • 74.0% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.2% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.8% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for only 1,044 or 2.1% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (993) being male. Most juveniles (97.8%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (88.5% or 43,543) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in 1998 were male.
  • On average, 54.1% of offenders in county detention facilities in 1998 were pretrial.

Incarceration Rates

In 1998, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.5 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for 1997. Average Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.4 in Holmes and Union Counties, to a high of 7.9 in Franklin and Wakulla Counties. Wakulla County's high incarceration rate is a 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

Chart showing the Average Percent Pretrial in 1998.  January was the highest month with 57.3%.  Numbers then fell to an average of 54%.