In Section II all numbers presented in Section I are counted, but they are combined with additional population counts which estimate or represent only facility average daily populations, without demographics breakdown. Because of the lack of demo-graphic detail, this information was omitted in Section I. In Section II, the extra infor-mation will be used to calculated numbers showing a more complete picture of Florida's total jail population and numbers involving county incarceration rates as well.
Average Daily Population
On the average, there were 51,931 inmates in Florida's county detention facilities during 2011 for facilities that provided demographic information. Compared to last year's figures, this year's count of 55,275 inmates represents a 6.4% decrease in this inmate population from that reported for the previous year. Since 2008, Florida's grand-total jail population has fallen 18.4%.
In 2011, the statewide county detention incarceration rate was 3.0 per 1,000 county residents based on the population estimates for 2011 (Table 6). This is based on county population figures which are estimates of the April 1, 2010 state population. They are produced by the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research via the website of the Florida Legislature's Office of Economic and Demo-graphic Research, published there November 2010. Average incarceration rates ranged from a low of 1.2 in Palm Beach County, to a high of 17.8 Baker County. Other counties may also be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for state and federal inmates.