In Section II all numbers presented in Section I are counted, but they are combined with additional population counts in which demographic information could not be provided by the jail facility. Because of the lack of demographic detail, this information was omitted in Section I. This demographic information provided in Section I informed us about issues concerning pretrial populations, offender sex, adulthood, et cetera. It would have been inappropriate to combine demographic counts with non-demographic counts as it pertained to these issues. But, in Section II, the extra information will be used to present numbers involving a more complete picture of Florida’s total jail population and also county incarceration rates.
Beginning August 2007, counties were asked to provide a simple ADP count in the case that they were unable to provide the appropriate demographic information through normal reporting. Due to this new change in the procedure this year, there is not enough data to present and create an annual average for state’s average daily population. This year, this figure will not provided.
In 2007, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.5 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for 2007 (Table 6). This is based on county population figures which are estimates of the April 1, 2007 state population. They are provided by the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research via the website of the Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, published there November 2007. Average incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.0 in Union County, to a high of 9.7 in Franklin County. Other counties may also be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for state and federal inmates.