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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Florida County Detention Facilities' Average Inmate Population

County Detention Facilities

March 2006

Inmate Profile Summary

This County Detention Facilities Summary provides a monthly profile of Florida's detention facility inmate populations. Monthly Average Daily Population (ADP) figures include male, female, adult and juvenile inmates.

These population figures are arranged into felony, misdemeanor and "other" subcategories in Table 1. "Other" includes the number of parole violators, state inmates, undocumented aliens, holdings for other jurisdictions and individuals detained under the Baker (mental health) and Myers (alcoholism) Acts. Within felony and misdemeanor subcategories, the number of inmates sentenced, held for trial or sentencing, and those detained or sentenced for violation of probation are listed.

Table 2 features the Average Daily Population and incarceration rate in each county. Table 3 lists the number and percent of felony and misdemeanor pretrial inmates at each detention facility.

The Jail Population Summary (Table 4) lists detention center totals for the year to date.

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Average Daily Population

On average, there were 57,685 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of March 2006. The statewide average daily (ADP) totals include 49,593 adult males (86.0%), 7,571 adult females (13.1%), 508 juvenile males (0.9%) and 13 juvenile females (0.0%).  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 2006:

March 2006 Jail Population Recap
  • 75.4% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 19.2% were detained for misdemeanor crimes.  All others confined amounted to 5.4% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for only 521 or 1.0% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (508) being male.  Most juveniles (98.1%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (86.9% or 50,101) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in March 2006 were male.
  • Offenders held for trial represented 58.5% of the inmate population.
Incarceration Rates

In March 2006, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.2 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for April 1, 2005.  The county population estimates are provided by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research of the Florida Legislature. Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.5 in Union County, to a high of 11.4 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 March 2006, 33,738 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as “Awaiting Trial.” Of these, 28,456 offenders (84.3%) were awaiting trial for felony offenses while 5,282 (15.7%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 62 counties reporting, 55.1% had over half of their inmates awaiting trial.

Notes: The following facilities did not report: Dixie County Jail.

The following facilities did not report due to technical difficulties: Lafayette County Jail, Pinellas County Jail (all), St. Lucie County Jail, and Sumter.

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