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. See page ii for more details.
In 2008, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.5 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for 2008 (Table 6). This is based on county population figures which are estimates of the April 1, 2008 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 2008. Average incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.1 in Union County, to a high of 8.7 Wakulla County. Other counties may also be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for state and federal inmates.