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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

March 2000

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 46,637 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of March 2000. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 40,101 adult males (86.0%), 5,719 adult females (12.3%), 787 juvenile males (1.7%) and 30 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 March 2000:

March 2000 Jail Population Recap

  • 73.8% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 20.8% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 5.4% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 817 or 1.8% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (787) being male. Most juveniles (98.2%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (87.7% or 40,888) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in March 2000 were male.

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

Incarceration Rates

In March 2000, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.0 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for April 1, 1999. 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 1.0 in Flagler 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 federal inmates.

Pretrial Population Levels

During the month of March 2000, 25,471 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 21,095 offenders (82.8%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,376 (17.2%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 63 counties reporting, 32 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

Notes: The numbers in this report do not include the following facilities: Baker County Detention Center, Duval County Montgomery CI, Duval County Community Corrections, Duval County Goode, Jackson County Jail, Lee County Jail/Main, and Lee County Jail/Stockade.