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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Table 4
Effect of Factors on In/Out Prison Decision (221,351 Cases):
Reported in Order of Most to Least Influential
Sentencing Guidelines Cases from July 1, 1994 to December 31, 1996
Factors Affecting In/Out
Prison Decision (1)
Ranking of Effect
of Factor on
Prison Decision
1= Most Influential
Unique Effect
of Factor on
Prison
Decision(2)
Prior Florida Prison Sentences 1 1.525
Current Crime Seriousness 2 .334
Prior Record Seriousness 3 .287
Release Program Violator 4 .260
3rd Degree Felony: Current Crime 5 .186
2nd Degree Felony: Current Crime 6 .141
Prior Property Crimes 7 .130
1st Degree P.B.L.: Current Crime(3) 8 .129
Plea or Trial Disposition 9 .126
Prior Drug Crimes 10 .114
Additional Drug Crimes 11 .092
Prior Burglary Crimes 12 .091
Victim Injury Guidelines Points 13 .091
Additional Property Crimes 14 .087
Gender of Offender 15 .084
Prior Robbery Crimes 16 .068
Drug Enhancement Guidelines Points 17 .068
Prior Other Violent Crimes 18 .065
Additional Burglary Crimes 19 .064
Additional Escapes or Weapons 20 .047
Seriousness of Additional Offenses 21 .045
Law Enforcement Guidelines Points 22 .045
Prior Sexual Crimes 23 .043
Additional Other Violent Crimes 24 .041
Additional Robbery Crimes 25 .038
Prior Murder, Manslaughter Crimes 26 .035
Age of Offender at Sentencing 27 -.029
Prior Escape or Weapons Crimes 28 .025
Race of Offender 29 .024
Life Felony: Current Crime 30 .020
Additional Sexual Crimes 31 .012
Additional Murder, Manslaughters 32 .003
Model Explains 51.7% of the In/Out Prison Decision.
(1) See Methodology section for details on how the factors were measured
(2) Standardized parameter estimates from logit model.
(3) P.B.L.=Punishable by life