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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

April 1999

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 48,597 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of April 1999. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 41,929 adult males (86.3%), 5,765 adult females (11.8%), 860 juvenile males (1.8%) and 43 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 April 1999:

April 1999 Jail Population Recap

  • 72.7% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 21.0% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.2% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 903 or 1.9% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (860) being male. Most juveniles (98.2%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.1% or 42,789) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in April 1999 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 54.3% of the inmate population.

Incarceration Rates

In April 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 1.3 in Holmes County, to a high of 8.4 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 April 1999, 26,368 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 21,853 offenders (82.9%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,515 (17.1%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 65 counties reporting, 34 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

Notes: The numbers in this report do not include the following facilities which did not report: Gulf County Jail and St. Lucie County Correctional Facility. In Addition, due to technical difficulties, Seminole County under reported their population by an ADP of 2.

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