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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

May 1999

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 48,860 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of May 1999. The statewide average daily population(ADP) totals include 42,050 adult males (86.0%), 5,900 adult females (12.1%), 862 juvenile males (1.8%) and 48 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 May 1999:

May 1999 Jail Population Recap

  • 72.9% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 21.0% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.1% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 910 or 1.9% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (862) being male. Most juveniles (97.8%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (87.8% or 42,912) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in May 1999 were male.

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

Incarceration Rates

In May 1999, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.3 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for May 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 Union County, to a high of 9.3 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 May 1999, 26,127 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 21,794 offenders (83.4%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,333 (16.6%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 66 counties reporting, 46 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

Notes: The numbers in this report do not include the following facilities which did not report: Holmes County Jail and Leon County Jail. Due to technical difficulties, Seminole County underreported their population by an ADP of 3. Also, Broward County Conte Facility opened during May and reported for 20 days.

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