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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

December 2000

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Average Daily Population

On the average, there were 48,339 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of December 2000. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 41,814 adult males (86.5%), 5,804 adult females (12.0%), 682 juvenile males (1.4%) and 39 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 2000:

December 2000 Jail Population Recap

  • 72.1% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 21.7% were detained for misdemeanor crimes. All others confined amounted to 6.2% of the total population.

  • Juveniles accounted for only 721 or 1.5% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (682) being male. Most juveniles (97.5%) were charged with felonies.

  • The majority (87.9% or 42,496 ) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in December 2000 were male.

  • Offenders held for trial represented 54.8% of the inmate population.

Incarceration Rates

In December 2000, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.2 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 7.0 in Wakulla 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 December 2000, 26,480 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as awaiting trial. Of these, 21,532 offenders (81.3%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 4,948 (18.7%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 62 counties reporting, 29 had over half of their populations awaiting trial.

Notes: The numbers in this report do not include the following facilities: DeSoto County Jail, Gulf County Jail, Holmes County Jail, Jackson County Jail, Liberty County Jail and Manatee County Work Release. Due to technical difficulties, Duval County was unable to provide a breakdown by facility. Also, Baker and Gadsden counties only reported for 30 days.