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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 2009

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 the average, there were 57,768 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during 2009 for facilities that provided demographic information.  To compare with last year’s figures, this year’s count of 57,768 inmates represents a 6.1% decrease in the inmate population from that reported for the previous year.  The decrease in population this year is remarkable for several reasons.  This year’s decrease follows last years 3.0% decrease, marking the first time Florida’s jail population dropped for two con­secutive years (a combined 8.9% drop) since the inception of this report in 1986, and the 6.1% drop is the largest yearly drop in population since 1986.  The last lar­gest change, up or down, to Florida’s jail population was a 10.0% increase between the years 2001 and 2002.

2009 Jail Population Recap

  • For those inmates in which demographics were reported, the statewide average daily population (ADP) totals for 2009 include 49,170 adult males (85.1%), 7,773 adult females (13.5%), 794 juvenile males (1.4%) and 31 juvenile females (0.1%).
  • 77.2% of the total inmate population was incarcerated for felony offenses, while 17.9% were detained for misdemeanor crimes.  All others confined amounted to 4.9% of the total population.
  • Juveniles accounted for 825 or 1.4% of the overall inmate population, with the majority (794) being male.  Most juveniles (97.8%) were charged with felonies.
  • The majority (86.5% or 49,964) of those incarcerated in county detention facilities in 2009 were male.

Pretrial Population Levels

The percentage of jailed inmates awaiting trial in Florida fell during 2009, but on average, 60.3% of offenders in county detention fa­cil­i­ties in 2009 were pretrial.  See chart below for 2009 average pretrial percentages.

Average Percent Pretrial in 2009

Chart shows the decline in Average Percent Pretrial from January to June of 2009 from 61.0% to 58.3, then peaked at 59.3 in October.

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