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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 I Introduction

Section 2. Introductory Statistics

FACT:There were 36,818 Punishment Code scoresheets with offense dates on or after October 1, 1998 entered into the sentencing scoresheet database, as of August 30, 1999.

FINDINGS:

  • The number of Code scoresheets received by month of sentence has steadily increased from October 1, 1998 to June 1999. The downturn in scoresheet received in July and August of 1999 is due to the lag time in processing of cases and the entry of scoresheet information into the Department of Corrections database (Figure 1).
  • For the time period October 1998 through August 1999, Code scoresheets represent almost thirty-seven percent (36.6%) of the total scoresheet submissions. In the month of August 1999, over two-thirds of the scoresheets represented sentencing events under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code (Table 2).
  • Almost thirty-two percent (31.7%) of the offenders sentenced under the Code were considered "youthful offenders" at the time of sentencing (Table 3). Of the 808 true juveniles (under 18 at the time of their offense) transferred to adult court under the Code, 277 of the offenders were age sixteen or younger (Table 4).
  • There were 228 juveniles sentenced under the Code for violent offenses, including, murder/manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, and other violent personal offenses. These violent offenses represent over twenty-eight percent (28.2%) of all offenses of juveniles (Table 4). Eighty-one of the 228 violent juvenile offenders, or 35.5%, received a state prison sanction.
  • The gender distribution of the offenders sentenced under the Code are similar to previous years sentencing events. Nearly eighty-two percent (81.8%) of all scoresheets were for male offenders (Table 6), and 52.4% were for white offenders (Table 7).

Figure 1

Scoresheets Received by Month of Sentence

Criminal Punishment Code

Scoresheets received by month of sentence:  June was the highest at 5800, while october was the lowest at 0.

Table 1

Scoresheets Received by Circuit

Criminal Punishment Code

  Total
Judicial Circuit Number Percent
01 (Pensacola) 1,326 3.6%
02 (Tallahassee) 529 1.4%
03 (Lake City) 134 0.4%
04 (Jacksonville) 3,039 8.3%
05 (Tavares) 975 2.6%
06 (Clearwater) 2,573 7.0%
07 (Daytona Beach) 1,561 4.2%
08 (Gainesville) 618 1.7%
09 (Orlando) 2,513 6.8%
10 (Bartow) 888 2.4%
11 (Miami) 4,227 11.5%
12 (Sarasota) 1,127 3.1%
13 (Tampa) 4,100 11.1%
14 (Panama City) 1,146 3.1%
15 (West Palm Beach) 2,897 7.9%
16 (Key West) 381 1.0%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 5,540 15.0%
18 (Sanford) 869 2.4%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 999 2.7%
20 (Ft. Myers) 1,376 3.7%
Total 36,818 100.0%

Table 2

Sentencing Scoresheets Received by Month of Sentence

October 1, 1999 - August 31, 1999

Month of Sentence 1994
Sentencing
Guidelines
Scoresheet
1995
Sentencing
Guidelines
Scoresheet
Punishment
Code
Scoresheet
Total
October 1998 432 3.8% 10,955 95.5% 90 0.8% 11,477 99.2%
November 1998 375 4.2% 8,084 89.8% 546 6.1% 9,005 93.9%
December 1998 322 4.2% 6,232 80.5% 1,183 15.3% 7,737 84.7%
January 1999 429 4.2% 7,217 71.3% 2,478 24.5% 10,124 75.5%
February 1999 336 3.5% 6,033 62.5% 3,284 34.0% 9,653 66.0%
March 1999 344 3.1% 5,780 51.9% 5,014 45.0% 11,138 55.0%
April 1999 306 3.1% 4,624 46.3% 5,047 50.6% 9,977 49.4%
May 1999 270 3.0% 3,640 40.8% 5,005 56.1% 8,915 43.9%
June 1999 266 2.8% 3,604 37.4% 5,759 59.8% 9,629 40.2%
July 1999 199 2.5% 2,651 33.2% 5,131 64.3% 7,981 35.7%
August 1999 120 2.5% 1,450 29.9% 3,281 67.6% 4,851 32.4%
Total 3,399 3.4% 60,270 60.0% 36,818 36.6% 100,487 63.4%

 

Chart showing sentencing scoresheets received 1994 vs. 1995.  1995 outnumbered 1994 by an average of 5000 each month.

Table 3

Age at Sentencing
Criminal Punishment Code

Age Number Percent
17 and Below 579 1.6%
18 to 24 11,072 30.1%
25-29 5,796 15.8%
30-34 5,646 15.3%
35-39 5,789 15.7%
40-44 4,215 11.5%
45-49 2,121 5.8%
50 and Over 1,573 4.3%
Data Unavailable 27  
Total 36,818 100.0%

Chart showing age at sentencing distribution criminal punishment code.  18-24 was the highest at 30.1%  17 and below was the lowest at 1.6%.

Table 4

Age at Offense for Offenders Under 18 Sentenced Under the Punishment Code

  Age at Offense
  15 & Under 16 Years Old 17 Years Old  
Primary Offense Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Total
Murder/Manslaughter 2 2.5% 1 0.5% 2 0.4% 5
Sexual Offenses 4 5.0% 2 1.0% 0 0.0% 6
Robbery 28 35.0% 22 11.2% 41 7.7% 91
Violent Personal Offenses 23 28.8% 41 20.8% 62 11.7% 126
Burglary 12 15.0% 37 18.8% 122 23.0% 171
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 6 7.5% 38 19.3% 95 17.9% 139
Drugs 3 3.8% 39 19.8% 170 32.0% 212
Weapons 1 1.3% 8 4.1% 22 4.1% 31
Other Offenses 1 1.3% 9 4.6% 17 3.2% 27
TOTAL 80 100.0% 197 100.0% 531 100.0% 808

Table 5

Sanction Imposed By Primary Offense For All 11-17 Years Old

Primary Offense Sanction
State
Prison
Comm.
Control
Probation County
Jail
Time
Served
Other Total
Murder/Manslaughter 2 1 2 0 0 0 5
Sexual Offenses 3 1 2 0 0 0 6
Robbery 39 11 33 8 0 0 91
Violent Personal Offenses 35 22 52 15 2 0 126
Burglary 47 29 73 21 1 0 171
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 18 11 80 29 1 0 139
Drugs 26 25 113 41 6 1 212
Weapons 2 2 21 5 1 0 31
Other Offenses 2 2 19 4 0 0 27
TOTAL 174 104 395 123 11 1 808
Percent 21.5% 12.9% 48.9% 15.2% 1.4% 0.1% 100.0%

Table 6

Gender by Judicial Circuit Criminal Punishment Code

Judicial Circuit Gender Total
Male Female
01 (Pensacola) 1,093 82.4% 233 17.6% 1,326 100.0%
02 (Tallahassee) 444 83.9% 85 16.1% 529 100.0%
03 (Lake City) 114 85.1% 20 14.9% 134 100.0%
04 (Jacksonville) 2,498 82.2% 541 17.8% 3,039 100.0%
05 (Tavares) 757 77.6% 218 22.4% 975 100.0%
06 (Clearwater) 2,021 78.5% 552 21.5% 2,573 100.0%
07 (Daytona Beach) 1,291 82.7% 270 17.3% 1,561 100.0%
08 (Gainesville) 524 84.8% 94 15.2% 618 100.0%
09 (Orlando) 2,025 80.6% 488 19.4% 2,513 100.0%
10 (Bartow) 700 78.8% 188 21.2% 888 100.0%
11 (Miami) 3,648 86.3% 579 13.7% 4,227 100.0%
12 (Sarasota) 908 80.6% 219 19.4% 1,127 100.0%
13 (Tampa) 3,356 81.9% 744 18.1% 4,100 100.0%
14 (Panama City) 943 82.3% 203 17.7% 1,146 100.0%
15 (West Palm Beach) 2,381 82.2% 516 17.8% 2,897 100.0%
16 (Key West) 330 86.6% 51 13.4% 381 100.0%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 4,460 80.5% 1,080 19.5% 5,540 100.0%
18 (Sanford) 719 82.7% 150 17.3% 869 100.0%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 817 81.8% 182 18.2% 999 100.0%
20 (Ft. Myers) 1,102 80.1% 274 19.9% 1,376 100.0%
Total 30,131 81.8% 6,687 18.2% 36,818 100.0%

Table 7

Race by Judicial Circuit Criminal Punishment Code

Judicial Circuit Race Total
Black White Other*
01 (Pensacola) 593 44.7% 716 54.0% 17 1.3% 1,326 100.0%
02 (Tallahassee) 379 71.6% 148 28.0% 2 0.4% 529 100.0%
03 (Lake City) 66 49.3% 68 50.7% 0 0.0% 134 100.0%
04 (Jacksonville) 1,800 59.2% 1,214 39.9% 25 0.8% 3,039 100.0%
05 (Tavares) 316 32.4% 646 66.3% 13 1.3% 975 100.0%
06 (Clearwater) 864 33.6% 1,698 66.0% 11 0.4% 2,573 100.0%
07 (Daytona Beach) 692 44.3% 862 55.2% 7 0.4% 1,561 100.0%
08 (Gainesville) 367 59.4% 250 40.5% 1 0.2% 618 100.0%
09 (Orlando) 1,212 48.2% 1,262 50.2% 39 1.6% 2,513 100.0%
10 (Bartow) 344 38.7% 522 58.8% 22 2.5% 888 100.0%
11 (Miami) 2,148 50.8% 2,074 49.1% 5 0.1% 4,227 100.0%
12 (Sarasota) 455 40.4% 652 57.9% 20 1.8% 1,127 100.0%
13 (Tampa) 2,026 49.4% 1,953 47.6% 121 3.0% 4,100 100.0%
14 (Panama City) 339 29.6% 801 69.9% 6 0.5% 1,146 100.0%
15 (W. Palm Beach) 1,362 47.0% 1,530 52.8% 5 0.2% 2,897 100.0%
16 (Key West) 91 23.9% 290 76.1% 0 0.0% 381 100.0%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 2,939 53.1% 2,531 45.7% 70 1.3% 5,540 100.0%
18 (Sanford) 361 41.5% 504 58.0% 4 0.5% 869 100.0%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 445 44.5% 551 55.2% 3 0.3% 999 100.0%
20 (Ft. Myers) 359 26.1% 1,005 73.0% 12 0.9% 1,376 100.0%
Total 17,158 46.6% 19,277 52.4% 383 1.0% 36,818 100.0%
*Other includes Asian, Native American, and other categories.