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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Prison Releases
from Florida Correctional Facilities

Fiscal Year Report
2004-2005

Prison Releases

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research & Data Analysis

James V. Crosby, Jr., Secretary

Direct questions to:
Neal Fitch
(850) 410-4485 or SC 270-4485
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-250

Executive Summary

This report documents permanent releases from Florida's prisons. For a detailed definition of a permanent release, please see Appendix at the end of the report.

Overview

In Fiscal Year 2004-05 31,537 offenders were released from Florida's prisons. The majority of these releases, 19,839 (62.9%), were released by expiration of their sentence; followed by conditional release 5,200 (16.5%); and expiration of sentence to probation/community control, 4,767 (15.1%). In June 2005 offenders released from Florida's prisons were serving an average of 85.7% of their court-imposed sentence. It should be noted that offenders with offense dates on or after October 1, 1995 are required to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-imposed sentence prior to their release. In June 2005 2,399 (89.0%) of the inmate releases had all or part of their sentence fall under the 85% law.

Profile of a Release

The majority of offenders released from Florida's prisons in Fiscal Year 2004-05 were black, 16,059 (50.9%) and male, 28,301 (89.7%). The largest proportion of releases were between the ages of 35-49, 12,863 (40.8%) and were violent offenders, 9,898 (31.4%). Hillsborough county received the largest number of prison releases, 2,549 (8.1%) followed by Broward, 2,503 (7.9%), Dade, 2,323 (7.4%) and Orange, 1,894 (6.0%). The average time-served for all offenders released in Fiscal Year 2004-05 was 36.2 months or 85.5% of their court-imposed sentence. Violent offenders served an average of 52.4 months or 82.7% of their court-imposed sentence.

Table of Contents:

1A.-4J. General Releases
1A Table Number of Releases by Release Type
1B Graph Number of Releases by Release Type
2A Table Offender Characteristics
2B Graph Supervision to Follow Release
3A Table Number of Releases by Offense Type
3B Graph Prison Release by Offense Type: Violent, Property, Drug, Other
3C Table Prison Releases by Judicial Circuit: Violent, Property, Drug, Other
3D Table Prison Releases by County (Top 20): Violent, Property, Drug, Other
4A Table Offense Type by Time-Served
4B Table Frequency of Percentage of Time-Served
4C Table Time-Served in DC Custody
4D Table Average Time-Served & Average Percentage of Sentence Served (All Offenders)
4E Table Average Time-Served & Average Percentage of Sentence Served (Violent Offenders)
4F Graph Average Percentage of Sentence Served by Gender
4G Graph Average Percentage of Sentence Served by Month (All Offenders)
4H Graph Average Percentage of Sentence Served by Month (Violent Offenders)
4I Graph Average Percentage of Sentence Served--Historical (All Offenders)
4J Graph Average Percentage of Sentence Served--Historical (Violent Offenders)

5A.-9B. Special Offender Releases

5A Table Offenders Age 50+ At Time of Release
5B Graph Offenders Age 50+ Characteristics
6A Table Female Offender Characteristics
6B Graph Female Offender Characteristics
7A Table Violent Offender Characteristics
7B Graph Violent Offender Characteristics
8A Table Drug Offender Characteristics
8B Graph Drug Offender Characteristics
9A Table Sex Offender Characteristics
9B Graph Sex Offender Characteristics


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