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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

County Detention Facilities

December 2008

Inmate Profile Summary

This report is mandated by F.S. 951.23 and 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 Marchman (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.

Table of Contents:


Average Daily Population

On average, there were 60,760 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of December 2008.  The fol­low­ing provides an analysis of the inmate population for December 2008:

December 2008 Jail Population Recap
(some counties are excluded, see notes)
  • 57 out of 67 counties provided breakdown information.  Out of the total 56,082 inmates from this group, there were 48,055 adult males (85.7%), 7,213 adult females (12.9%), 793 juvenile males (1.4%), and 21 juvenile females (less than 0.1%).
  • The overall distribution of male and female inmates has remained constant in county detention facilities for the past several years.
  • 77.6% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 17.3% were detained for mis­de­mea­nor crimes.  All others confined amounted to 5.1% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for only 814 or 1.5% of the overall inmate population.  Most juveniles (95.8%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (48,848, 87.1%) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in December 2008 were male.
  • Offenders held for trial represented 61.4% of the inmate population.

The above is annotated by the following symbols:
All counties included.
* The counties mentioned in the notes are excluded.

Incarceration Rates

In December 2008, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.2  per 1,000 county residents based on the population es­ti­mates for April 1, 2008.  The county population estimates 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, November, 2008.  Incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.0 in Union County, to a high of 9.0 in Wakulla County .  (No counties are excluded, see notes)

Pretrial Population Levels *

During the month of December 2008, 34,455 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as pretrial or “awaiting trial.”  Of these, 29,579 offenders (85.8%) were awaiting trial for felony of­fenses while 4,876 (14.2%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 57 counties reporting, 50.6% of these facilities had over half of their in­mates awaiting trial. (some counties are excluded, see notes)

Notes:

The following counties did not report the appropriate breakdown information of their populations; therefore they are not represented in some of the statistics.  For these facilities only, the monthly average daily population is provided:

Bay, Dixie, Flagler, Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Liberty, Marion, Okeechobee

The above is annotated by the following symbols:
All counties included.
* The counties mentioned in the notes are excluded.

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