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Rick Scott, Governor
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

March 2009

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 59,363inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during the month of March 2009. In comparison, this time last year, there were 65,319 inmates incarcerated by county facilities in Florida.  This is a 9.1% drop from 2008.

The following provides an analysis of the inmate population for March 2009:

March 2009 Jail Population Recap
(some counties are excluded, see notes)
  • 61 out of 67 counties provided breakdown information. Out of the total 57,525 inmates from this group, there were 49,283 adult males (85.7%), 7,432 adult females (12.9%), 783 juvenile males (1.4%), and 27 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; maintaining an approximate ratio of one female for every 6.5 males.
  • 76.6% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 18.3% were detained for mis­de­mea­nor crimes.  All others confined amounted to 5.0% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for only 810 or 1.4% of the overall inmate population.  Most juveniles (97.8%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (50,066, 87.0%) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in March 2009 were male.
  • Offenders held for trial represented 60.7% 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 March 2009, 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 0.9 in Union County, to a high of 7.8 in Franklin County .  (No counties are excluded, see notes)

Pretrial Population Levels *

During the month of March 2009, 34,895 of the inmates housed in county detention facilities were classified as pretrial or “awaiting trial.”  Of these, 29,638 offenders (84.9%) were awaiting trial for felony of­fenses while 5,257 (15.1%) were detained for misdemeanor violations. Of the 61 counties reporting, 47.1% 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: 

Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Lake, Liberty, Okeechobee

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

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