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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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Prepared by:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
April 2015
 

March 2015

Introduction

The purpose of this report is to compare the estimated prison admission and population numbers from the Criminal Justice Estimating Conference (CJEC) to the actual prison admission and population numbers. Types of admissions and offenders admitted under special sentencing provisions are also described. The CJEC estimations for the period January 2015 – December 2015 are from the conference held on February 27, 2015 (EDR).

CJEC Estimated Prison Admissions Versus Actual Admissions*

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The Criminal Justice Estimating Conference (CJEC) admissions estimate for March 2015 underestimated the actual number of inmates admitted by 8 inmates. The percent difference between the CJEC estimated admissions and actual admissions was 0.30%.

  • Total Actual Admissions since January 2014 – 7,663
  • Total Estimated Admissions since January 2014 – 7,706
  • Cumulative Admissions Difference – 43 (0.56%)

CJEC Estimated Prison Population Versus Actual Prison Population

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Using the average daily population, the modified CJEC population estimate for March 2015 overestimated the actual number of inmates in the population by 191 inmates. The percent difference between the CJEC estimated population and the actual average daily population was 0.19%.

Using the maximum daily population, the modified CJEC population estimate for March 2015 underestimated the actual number of inmates in the population by 18 inmates.  The percent difference between the CJEC estimated population and the actual maximum daily population was 0.02%.

Using the end-of-month population, the modified CJEC population estimate for March 2015 overestimated the actual number of inmates in the population by 138 inmates.  The percent difference between the CJEC estimated population and the actual end of month population was 0.14%.

Details on Admissions Numbers

Type of Admission Jan 15 Feb 15 Mar 15 Apr 15 May 15 Jun 15 Jul 15 Aug 15 Sep 15 Oct 15 Nov 15 Dec 15 Total

New Commitments

2,217 2,565 2,589                   7,371

Violators of Control Release with New Sentences

0 0 0                   0

Violators of Conditional Release with New Sentences

6 5 7                   18

Violators of Control Release without New Sentences

0 0 1                   1

Violators of Conditional Release without New Sentences

96 80 97                   273
Total 2,319 2,650 2,694                   7,663

Offenders Admitted with Special Sentencing Provisions

Type of Special Sentencing Provision1,2 Jan 15 Feb 15 Mar 15 Apr 15 May 15 Jun 15 Jul 15 Aug 15 Sep 15 Oct 15 Nov 15 Dec 15 Total
Habitual Offenders 128 151 155                   434
Violent Habitual Offenders 14 27 30                   71
Releasee Reoffenders 41 48 62                   151
Violent Career Criminals 3 2 0                   5
Three Time Violent Felony Offenders 0 1 0                   1
Dangerous Sexual Felony Offender 0 0 0                   0
Total 186 229 247                   662
  1. Offenders can be admitted with more than one special sentencing provision. Therefore, an offender can be included in more than one group.
  2. These are the special provisions at admission for the current commitment and are subject to change upon audit of sentence structure.
    • 99.7% of March admissions have every component of their sentence covered by the mandatory 85% minimum sentence served law.

Details on Prison Population

Total End of Month Inmate Population Total Population Males Females HIV Positive Inmates Inmates 50 Years of Age and Older Youthful Offenders* Sentenced Under 85% Law+
January 2015 100,265 93,112 (92.9%) 7,153 (7.1%) 2,806 (2.8%) 21,298 (21.2%) 2,320 (2.3%) 90,803 (90.6%)
February 2015 100,377 93,245 (92.9%) 7,132 (7.1%) 2,807 (2.8%) 21,359 (21.3%) 2,259 (2.3%) 91,065 (90.7%)
March 2015 100,324 93,245 (92.9%) 7,121 (7.1%) 2,845 (2.8%) 21,401 (21.3%) 2,263 (2.3%) 91,063 (90.8%)
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* Section 958.04, F.S., authorizes the court to sentence as a youthful offender any person:

 

  • Who is at least 18 years of age or who has been transferred for prosecution to the criminal division of the circuit court pursuant to chapter 985;
  • Who is found guilty of or who has tendered, and the court has accepted, a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to a crime that is, under the laws of this state, a felony if the offender is younger than 21 years of age at the time sentence is imposed;
  • Who has not previously been classified as a youthful offender under the provisions of this act; and
  • Who has not been found guilty of a capital or life felony.

Section 958.11(4), F.S., authorizes the Department to classify as a youthful offender any person:

  • Who is at least 18 years of age or who has been transferred for prosecution to the criminal division of the circuit court pursuant to chapter 985;
  • Who has not previously been classified as a youthful offender under the provisions of this act;
  • Who has not been found guilty of a capital or life felony;
  • Whose age does not exceed 24 years; and
  • Whose total length of sentence does not exceed 10 years.

In addition to the above, section 958.11(6), F.S., authorizes the Department to assign inmates 19 or younger (except capital or life felons) to youthful offender facilities if the Department determines that the inmate’s mental or physical vulnerability would substantially or materially jeopardize his or her safety in a non-youthful offender facility. Section 944.1905(5)(a), F.S, mandates that the Department assign any inmate under 18 not meeting the provisions of chapter 958 to a youthful offender facility. Such inmates are assigned to youthful offender facilities until at least age 18, but may remain assigned until age 21 if the Department determines that continued assignment is in the best interests of the inmate and the assignment does not pose an unreasonable risk to other inmates in the facility.


+ This number represents those inmates which have every component of their sentence covered by the mandatory 85% minimum sentence served law.

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