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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Section I

County Detention Facilities Profile Summary 2008

In Section I, only statistics from facilities that provided demographic information are con­sidered.  For a more complete, but less detailed picture about total jail population re­fer to Section II.

Average Daily Population

On average, there were 61,500 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during 2008 for facilities that provided demographic information.  To compare with last years figures, this year’s count of 61,500 inmates represents a 3.0% decrease in the inmate population from that reported for the previous year.  In recent history, trends in in­carcerated populations in Florida typically increase from year to year.  It is possible that this decrease is caused by missing data from the jails that did not report, however de­creases such as this have happened in the past.  A decrease of comparable mag­ni­tude occurred in 1999.

For those inmates in which demographics were reported, the statewide average daily population (ADP) totals for 2008 include 52,472 adult males (85.3%), 8,177 adult females (13.3%), 820 juvenile males (1.3%) and 31 juvenile females (0.1%).

2008 Jail Population Recap

  • 76.8% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 18.4% were detained for misdemeanor crimes.  All others confined amounted to 4.7% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for 851 or 1.4% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (820) being male.  Most juveniles (98.0%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (86.7% or 53,292) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in 2008 were male.

Pretrial Population Levels

The percentage of jailed inmates awaiting trial in Florida fluctuated mildly around 60% throughout the year.  On average, 61.4% of offenders in county detention facilities in 2008 were pretrial.  See chart below for 2008 average pretrial percentages.

Average Percent Pretrial in 2008

Chart shows the decline in Average Percent Pretrial from January to March of 2008 from 60.8 to 59.4, then peaked at 61.3 in August.

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