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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 1999

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 44,169 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of December 1999. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 38,275 adult males (86.7%), 5,114 adult females (11.6%), 737 juvenile males (1.7%) 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 December 1999:

December 1999 Jail Population Recap

  • 73.1% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.7% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.1% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 780 or 1.8% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (737) being male. Most juveniles (98.6%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (88.3% or 39,012) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in December 1999 were male.

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

Incarceration Rates

In December 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 0.8 in Union County, to a high of 7.7 in Wakulla 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 1999, 24,116 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 19,757 offenders (81.9%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,359 (18.1%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 66 counties reporting, 32 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

Notes: The numbers in this report do not include the following facilities: Broward County Jails. Due to technical difficulties, Broward County reported a total ADP of 4,587, which is excluded because they were unable to provide a breakdown by category.