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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

January 1999

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 46,138 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of January 1999. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 40,052 adult males (86.8%), 5,216 adult females (11.3%), 828 juvenile males (1.8%) and 42 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 January 1999:

January 1999 Jail Population Recap

  • 73.6% of the total inmate population were incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.5% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.9% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 870 or 1.9% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (828) being male. Most juveniles (98.5%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.6% or 40,880) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in January 1999 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 56.1% of the inmate population.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report: Gadsden County Jail, Holmes County Jail, Nassau County Jail and Taylor County Jail. In addition, due to technical problems, Hillsborough County reported a total ADP of 3,208, which is excluded because they were unable to provide a breakdown by category.

Incarceration Rates

In January 1999, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.3 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for April 1, 1998. The county population estimates are provided by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 0.4 in Jefferson County, to a high of 7.4 in Franklin and Wakulla Counties. 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 January 1999, 25,882 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 21,557 offenders (83.3%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,325 (16.7%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 62 counties reporting, 33 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

* These numbers do not include the following facilities which did not report: Gadsden County Jail, Holmes County Jail, Nassau County Jail and Taylor County Jail. In addition, due to technical problems, Hillsborough County reported a total ADP of 3,208, which is excluded because they were unable to provide a breakdown by category.