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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Part III Sentencing Guidelines Practice

Section 1. Recommended Sanction and Sanction Imposed

NOTES: This section examines three categories of sentences:

  • Category 1- Those in which total points on the scoresheet are less than 34.8. The sentencing guidelines mandate a non-state prison sanction for offenders in this range, unless the sentence is aggravated.
  • Category 2- Those in which total points are between 34.8 and 52.0. Within this range, the guidelines provide judges with discretion in sentencing to state prison or non-state prison sanctions.
  • Category 3- Those in which total points exceed 52.0, for which the guidelines mandate state prison as the sanction, unless the sentence is mitigated.

Actual sanctions imposed, including state prison, community control, probation, county jail/time served, and other sanctions are presented and compared to the categories listed above.

FINDINGS:

  • Across the state, over 17% of offenders were sentenced to state prison as the most severe sanction. An additional 24.8% were sentenced to incarceration in county jail, or to time already served in jail. More than 11% were sentenced to community control, and nearly 47% to probation, including drug offender probation, administrative probation, and regular probation. Less than a half of a percent of offenders were sentenced to "other" sanctions. Circuits and counties varied moderately in the types of sanction imposed (Table 4).
  • Of offenders scoring in the recommended state prison category, nearly 56.2% were sentenced to state prison, with another 7.7% sentenced to county jail or time served. Of those in the discretionary range, over 17% were sentenced to state prison, and another 29% to county jail/time served. Less than 1.5% of offenders in the non-state prison range were sentenced to state prison (Table 1).
Table 1
         
Recommended Sanction Category by Sanction Imposed
Fiscal Year 1996-97
         
  Recommended Sanction Category  
Sanction Imposed Non-State Prison Below 34.8 Points Discretionary* 34.8 - 52.0 Points State Prison Exceeding 52.0 Points Total
State Prison 870 4,873 13,874 19,617
  1.4% 17.8% 56.2% 17.3%
Community Control 4,871 4,298 3,381 12,550
  7.9% 15.7% 13.7% 11.1%
Probation 37,263 10,013 5,517 52,793
  60.7% 36.5% 22.3% 46.5%
County Jail 18,104 8,158 1,895 28,157
  29.5% 29.8% 7.7% 24.8%
Other 324 67 39 430
  0.5% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
         
Total 61,432 27,409 24,706 113,547
  100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

 

Table 2
             
Sanction Imposed by Recommended Sanction Category
Fiscal Year 1996-97
 
 
  Sanction Imposed  
Recommended Sanction Category State Prison Community Control Probation County Jail Other Total
Non-State Prison 870 4,871 37,263 18,104 324 61,432
Below 34.8 Points 4.4% 38.8% 70.6% 64.3% 75.3% 54.1%
Discretionary* 4,873 4,298 10,013 8,158 67 27,409
34.8 - 52.0 Points 24.8% 34.2% 19.0% 29.0% 15.6% 24.1%
State Prison 13,874 3,381 5,517 1,895 39 24,706
Exceeding 52.0 Points 70.7% 26.9% 10.5% 6.7% 9.1% 21.8%
             
Total 19,617 12,550 52,793 28,157 430 113,547
  100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
*Discretionary means that either a state prison or non-state prison sanction is acceptable.

Table 3
 
Recommended Sanction Category by Sanction Imposed
Fiscal Year 1996-97
 
  Recommended Sanction Category    
Judicial Circuit/ Non-State Prison Discretionary* State Prison    
Sanction Imposed Below 34.8 Points 34.8 - 52.0 Points Exceeding 52.0 Points Total
 
01 (Pensacola) 2,067 48.3% 1,188 27.8% 1,024 23.9% 4,279 100.0%
Prison 13 1.6% 144 17.6% 659 80.8% 816 100.0%
Community Control 182 37.8% 175 36.4% 124 25.8% 481 100.0%
Probation 1,320 65.5% 523 26.0% 172 8.5% 2,015 100.0%
County Jail 475 54.8% 331 38.2% 61 7.0% 867 100.0%
Other 77 77.0% 15 15.0% 8 8.0% 100 100.0%
02 (Tallahassee) 861 49.5% 373 21.5% 504 29.0% 1,738 100.0%
Prison 40 8.4% 118 24.9% 316 66.7% 474 100.0%
Community Control 46 37.1% 38 30.6% 40 32.3% 124 100.0%
Probation 734 69.0% 186 17.5% 143 13.5% 1,063 100.0%
County Jail 40 53.3% 31 41.3% 4 5.3% 75 100.0%
Other 1 50.0% 0 0.0% 1 50.0% 2 100.0%
03 (Lake City) 607 52.2% 262 22.5% 293 25.2% 1,162 100.0%
Prison 17 6.7% 72 28.6% 163 64.7% 252 100.0%
Community Control 106 53.8% 62 31.5% 29 14.7% 197 100.0%
Probation 469 68.2% 121 17.6% 98 14.2% 688 100.0%
County Jail 15 62.5% 6 25.0% 3 12.5% 24 100.0%
Other 0 0.0% 1 100.0% 0 0.0% 1 100.0%
04 (Jacksonville) 3,912 62.7% 1,103 17.7% 1,229 19.7% 6,244 100.0%
Prison 82 7.4% 312 28.1% 715 64.5% 1,109 100.0%
Community Control 213 57.7% 64 17.3% 92 24.9% 369 100.0%
Probation 1,388 73.9% 211 11.2% 279 14.9% 1,878 100.0%
County Jail 2,171 76.7% 515 18.2% 143 5.1% 2,829 100.0%
Other 58 98.3% 1 1.7% 0 0.0% 59 100.0%
05 (Tavares) 2,511 58.8% 1,089 25.5% 671 15.7% 4,271 100.0%
Prison 55 7.2% 219 28.6% 492 64.2% 766 100.0%
Community Control 204 44.5% 195 42.6% 59 12.9% 458 100.0%
Probation 1,859 75.8% 487 19.9% 105 4.3% 2,451 100.0%
County Jail 382 65.5% 186 31.9% 15 2.6% 583 100.0%
Other 11 84.6% 2 15.4% 0 0.0% 13 100.0%
06 (Clearwater) 6,572 53.9% 3,118 25.6% 2,501 20.5% 12,191 100.0%
Prison 129 6.1% 458 21.8% 1,515 72.1% 2,102 100.0%
Community Control 998 46.1% 714 33.0% 452 20.9% 2,164 100.0%
Probation 3,968 72.0% 1069 19.4% 474 8.6% 5,511 100.0%
County Jail 1,469 61.1% 876 36.4% 60 2.5% 2,405 100.0%
Other 8 88.9% 1 11.1% 0 0.0% 9 100.0%
07 (Daytona) 2,579 59.0% 1,095 25.1% 694 15.9% 4,368 100.0%
Prison 26 4.2% 188 30.0% 412 65.8% 626 100.0%
Community Control 238 47.8% 181 36.3% 79 15.9% 498 100.0%
Probation 1,572 74.9% 390 18.6% 136 6.5% 2,098 100.0%
County Jail 742 64.9% 335 29.3% 67 5.9% 1,144 100.0%
Other 1 50.0% 1 50.0% 0 0.0% 2 100.0%
08 (Gainesville) 1,289 50.4% 737 28.8% 531 20.8% 2,557 100.0%
Prison 28 5.5% 133 26.3% 344 68.1% 505 100.0%
Community Control 91 33.0% 121 43.8% 64 23.2% 276 100.0%
Probation 890 69.0% 310 24.0% 90 7.0% 1,290 100.0%
County Jail 272 57.3% 171 36.0% 32 6.7% 475 100.0%
Other 8 72.7% 2 18.2% 1 9.1% 11 100.0%
09 (Orlando) 5,400 56.6% 2,601 27.2% 1,546 16.2% 9,547 100.0%
Prison 41 3.3% 190 15.2% 1,021 81.5% 1,252 100.0%
Community Control 171 39.5% 141 32.6% 121 27.9% 433 100.0%
Probation 3,145 71.6% 987 22.5% 263 6.0% 4,395 100.0%
County Jail 2,014 58.8% 1,275 37.2% 139 4.1% 3,428 100.0%
Other 29 74.4% 8 20.5% 2 5.1% 39 100.0%
10 (Bartow) 2,372 57.0% 1,037 24.9% 751 18.1% 4,160 100.0%
Prison 68 8.4% 224 27.8% 515 63.8% 807 100.0%
Community Control 178 44.8% 127 32.0% 92 23.2% 397 100.0%
Probation 1,653 73.9% 464 20.8% 119 5.3% 2,236 100.0%
County Jail 465 66.2% 219 31.2% 18 2.6% 702 100.0%
Other 8 44.4% 3 16.7% 7 38.9% 18 100.0%
11 (Miami) 5,040 43.3% 2,470 21.2% 4,129 35.5% 11,639 100.0%
Prison 28 1.5% 157 8.5% 1,652 89.9% 1,837 100.0%
Community Control 93 15.4% 136 22.6% 373 62.0% 602 100.0%
Probation 2,251 48.6% 1,053 22.7% 1,329 28.7% 4,633 100.0%
County Jail 2,668 58.4% 1,124 24.6% 775 17.0% 4,567 100.0%
Other 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
12 (Sarasota) 1,770 54.8% 782 24.2% 680 21.0% 3,232 100.0%
Prison 10 1.8% 111 20.3% 427 77.9% 548 100.0%
Community Control 94 37.3% 83 32.9% 75 29.8% 252 100.0%
Probation 1,124 72.1% 313 20.1% 123 7.9% 1,560 100.0%
County Jail 535 62.4% 273 31.9% 49 5.7% 857 100.0%
Other 7 46.7% 2 13.3% 6 40.0% 15 100.0%
13 (Tampa) 5,690 49.5% 2,982 25.9% 2,826 24.6% 11,498 100.0%
Prison 75 3.7% 550 27.3% 1,389 69.0% 2,014 100.0%
Community Control 757 30.9% 896 36.6% 798 32.6% 2,451 100.0%
Probation 3,671 71.6% 926 18.1% 528 10.3% 5,125 100.0%
County Jail 1,183 62.1% 610 32.0% 111 5.8% 1,904 100.0%
Other 4 100.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 4 100.0%
14 (Panama City) 1,439 50.6% 846 29.7% 559 19.7% 2,844 100.0%
Prison 38 5.2% 269 36.7% 426 58.1% 733 100.0%
Community Control 226 43.9% 240 46.6% 49 9.5% 515 100.0%
Probation 1,003 74.2% 280 20.7% 68 5.0% 1,351 100.0%
County Jail 151 72.9% 41 19.8% 15 7.2% 207 100.0%
Other 21 55.3% 16 42.1% 1 2.6% 38 100.0%
15 (West Palm Beach) 3,088 55.4% 1,149 20.6% 1,341 24.0% 5,578 100.0%
Prison 15 1.8% 131 15.6% 693 82.6% 839 100.0%
Community Control 90 35.6% 77 30.4% 86 34.0% 253 100.0%
Probation 1,427 65.0% 374 17.0% 395 18.0% 2,196 100.0%
County Jail 1,529 67.8% 563 25.0% 164 7.3% 2,256 100.0%
Other 27 79.4% 4 11.8% 3 8.8% 34 100.0%
16 (Key West) 821 62.4% 370 28.1% 125 9.5% 1,316 100.0%
Prison 4 2.3% 88 51.2% 80 46.5% 172 100.0%
Community Control 97 51.3% 76 40.2% 16 8.5% 189 100.0%
Probation 635 76.6% 177 21.4% 17 2.1% 829 100.0%
County Jail 85 67.5% 29 23.0% 12 9.5% 126 100.0%
Other 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 9,203 57.2% 3,614 22.5% 3,278 20.4% 16,095 100.0%
Prison 122 4.0% 1,077 35.1% 1,870 60.9% 3,069 100.0%
Community Control 659 38.6% 502 29.4% 545 31.9% 1,706 100.0%
Probation 5,573 76.3% 1,013 13.9% 719 9.8% 7,305 100.0%
County Jail 2,833 70.9% 1,021 25.6% 139 3.5% 3,993 100.0%
Other 16 72.7% 1 4.5% 5 22.7% 22 100.0%
18 (Sanford) 1,806 57.9% 706 22.6% 606 19.4% 3,118 100.0%
Prison 28 5.6% 101 20.2% 370 74.1% 499 100.0%
Community Control 81 23.5% 153 44.5% 110 32.0% 344 100.0%
Probation 1,494 75.6% 360 18.2% 122 6.2% 1,976 100.0%
County Jail 187 66.5% 91 32.4% 3 1.1% 281 100.0%
Other 16 88.9% 1 5.6% 1 5.6% 18 100.0%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 1,669 54.5% 775 25.3% 619 20.2% 3,063 100.0%
Prison 21 3.8% 181 32.8% 350 63.4% 552 100.0%
Community Control 83 39.2% 75 35.4% 54 25.5% 212 100.0%
Probation 1,035 70.8% 264 18.1% 162 11.1% 1,461 100.0%
County Jail 515 63.1% 250 30.6% 51 6.3% 816 100.0%
Other 15 68.2% 5 22.7% 2 9.1% 22 100.0%
20 (Ft. Myers) 2,736 58.9% 1,112 23.9% 799 17.2% 4,647 100.0%
Prison 30 4.7% 150 23.3% 465 72.1% 645 100.0%
Community Control 264 42.0% 242 38.5% 123 19.6% 629 100.0%
Probation 2,052 75.1% 505 18.5% 175 6.4% 2,732 100.0%
County Jail 373 60.4% 211 34.1% 34 5.5% 618 100.0%
Other 17 73.9% 4 17.4% 2 8.7% 23 100.0%
                 
Statewide 61,432 54.1% 27,409 24.1% 24,706 21.8% 113,547 100.0%
* Discretionary means that either a prison sanction or non-state prison sanction is acceptable.
Note: County jail includes those sentenced to time served; prison includes those sentenced to life.
 
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