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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 Introductory Statistics

FACT: There were 90,386 Punishment Code scoresheets with offense dates on or after October 1, 1998 entered into the sentencing scoresheet database, as of September 12, 2000.

FINDINGS:

  • The number of Code scoresheets received by month of sentence has slightly increased from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000 (Figure 1).

  • For the time period July 1999 through June 2000, Code scoresheets represent almost seventy-four percent (73.7%) of the total scoresheet submissions. In the month of June 2000, more than eighty-two percent (82.3%) of the scoresheets represented sentencing events under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code (Table 2).

  • Almost thirty-one percent (30.5%) of the offenders sentenced under the Code were considered "youthful offenders" at the time of sentencing (Table 3). Of the 2,382 true juveniles (under 18 at the time of their offense) transferred to adult court under the Code, 796 of the offenders were age sixteen or younger (Table 4).

  • There were 781 juveniles sentenced under the Code for violent offenses, including, murder/manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, and other violent personal offenses. These violent offenses represent over thirty-two percent (32.8%) of all offenses of juveniles (Table 4). Of the 781 violent juvenile offenders, 327, or 41.9%, 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 54.2% were for white offenders (Table 7).

Shows scoresheets received by month of sentence. Criminal Punishment Code.  March was the highest month with 8,750.  December was the lowest month with 6,750.

Table 1 Scoresheets Received by Circuit Criminal Punishment Code

Month of Sentence Total
Number Percent
01 (Pensacola) 3,880 4.3%
02 (Tallahassee) 1,382 1.5%
03 (Lake City) 459 0.5%
04 (Jacksonville) 5,604 6.2%
05 (Tavares) 3,651 4.0%
06 (Clearwater) 8,806 9.7%
07 (Daytona Beach) 3,690 4.1%
08 (Gainesville) 1,716 1.9%
09 (Orlando) 6,104 6.8%
10 (Bartow) 4,126 4.6%
11 (Miami) 10,801 11.9%
12 (Sarasota) 3,015 3.3%
13 (Tampa) 8,471 9.4%
14 (Panama City) 2,577 2.9%
15 (West Palm Beach) 5,569 6.2%
16 (Key West) 977 1.1%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 11,320 12.5%
18 (Sanford) 2,026 2.2%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 2,390 2.6%
20 (Ft. Myers) 3,822 4.2%
Total 90,386 100.0%

Table 2 Sentencing Scoresheets Received by Month of Sentence* Fiscal Year 1999-2000

Month of Sentence 1994 Sentencing
Guidelines
Scoresheet
1995 Sentencing
Guidelines
Scoresheet
Punishment Code
Scoresheet
Total
July 1999 279 2.6% 3,766 34.5% 6,862 62.9% 10,907 8.9%
August 1999 309 2.8% 3,510 32.1% 7,110 65.1% 10,929 8.9%
September 1999 250 2.4% 3,028 29.2% 7,095 68.4% 10,373 8.5%
October 1999 315 2.8% 3,093 27.9% 7,696 69.3% 11,104 9.1%
November 1999 235 2.3% 2,623 25.6% 7,383 72.1% 10,241 8.3%
December 1999 202 2.3% 2,158 24.3% 6,508 73.4% 8,868 7.2%
January 2000 222 2.2% 2,200 22.3% 7,463 75.5% 9,885 8.1%
February 2000 196 1.9% 2,245 21.7% 7,885 76.4% 10,326 8.4%
March 2000 229 2.1% 2,125 19.1% 8,761 78.8% 11,115 9.1%
April 2000 157 1.7% 1,650 17.7% 7,527 80.6% 9,334 7.6%
May 2000 204 1.9% 1,717 16.1% 8,765 82.0% 10,686 8.7%
June 2000 179 2.0% 1,393 15.6% 7,331 82.3% 8,903 7.3%
Total 2,777 2.3% 29,508 24.1% 90,386 73.7% 122,671 100.0%
* Total number of scoresheets, including those with offense dates between October 1, 1995 and May 24, 1997

Sentencing Scoresheets in 1995 greatly outnumberd those received in 1994.

Table 3 Age at Sentencing Criminal Punishment Code

Age Number Percent
17 and Below 1,376 1.5%
18 to 24 27,525 30.5%
25 to 29 14,117 15.6%
30 to 34 13,570 15.0%
35 to 39 13,804 15.3%
40 to 44 10,350 11.5%
45 to 49 5,399 6.0%
50 and Over 4,245 4.7%
Total 90,386 100.0%

Chart shows age at sentencing:  18 to 24 led with 30.5% while the smallest percentage was for ages 17 and below (1.5%)

Table 4 Age at Offense for Offenders Under 18 Criminal Punishment Code

Primary Offense 15 & Under 16 Years Old 17 Years Old Total
Murder/Manslaughter 10 4 9 23
5.1% 0.7% 0.6% 1.0%
Sexual Offenses 5 11 29 45
2.6% 1.8% 1.8% 1.9%
Robbery 65 104 170 339
33.3% 17.3% 10.7% 14.2%
Violent Personal Offenses 45 95 234 374
23.1% 15.8% 14.8% 15.7%
Burglary 42 138 370 550
21.5% 23.0% 23.3% 23.1%
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 14 76 226 316
7.2% 12.6% 14.2% 13.3%
Drugs 9 115 435 559
4.6% 19.1% 27.4% 23.5%
Weapons 3 30 47 80
1.5% 5.0% 3.0% 3.4%
Other Offenses 2 28 66 96
1.0% 4.7% 4.2% 4.0%
Total 195 601 1,586 2,382
100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Chart shows age at offense distribution for under 18 years of age:  17 Years Old 66.6%, 16 Years Old 25.2%, 15 and under 8.2%.

Table 5 Sanction Imposed by Primary Offense For All 11 - 17 Year Olds Criminal Punishment Code

Primary Offense State Prison Comm. Control Probation County Jail Other Total
Murder/Manslaughter 17 4 2 0 0 23
2.5% 1.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0%
Sexual Offenses 14 10 20 1 0 45
2.0% 3.0% 2.0% 0.3% 0.0% 1.9%
Robbery 173 61 85 20 0 339
25.0% 18.0% 8.7% 5.6% 0.0% 14.2%
Violent Personal Offenses 133 56 142 42 1 374
19.2% 16.6% 14.5% 11.7% 6.3% 15.7%
Burglary 179 88 232 44 7 550
25.9% 26.0% 23.7% 12.3% 43.8% 23.1%
Theft, Forgery, Fraud 50 39 161 64 2 316
7.2% 11.5% 16.5% 17.8% 12.5% 13.3%
Drugs 90 55 249 161 4 559
13.0% 16.3% 25.5% 44.8% 25.0% 23.5%
Weapons 18 7 38 15 2 80
2.6% 2.1% 3.9% 4.2% 12.5% 3.4%
Other Offenses 18 18 48 12 0 96
2.6% 5.3% 4.9% 3.3% 0.0% 4.0%
Total 692 338 977 359 16 2,382
100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Note: County Jail includes those sentenced to time served; prison includes those sentenced to life.

Sanction Imposed Distribution - Offenders under 18:  Probation 41.0%, Comm. Control 14.2%, State Prison 29.1%, County Jail 15.1%.

Table 6 Gender by Judicial Circuit Criminal Punishment Code

Judicial Circuit Gender Total
Male Female
01 (Pensacola) 3,184 3.5% 696 0.8% 3,880 4.3%
02 (Tallahassee) 1,125 1.2% 257 0.3% 1,382 1.5%
03 (Lake City) 382 0.4% 77 0.1% 459 0.5%
04 (Jacksonville) 4,624 5.1% 980 1.1% 5,604 6.2%
05 (Tavares) 2,934 3.2% 717 0.8% 3,651 4.0%
06 (Clearwater) 6,864 7.6% 1,942 2.1% 8,806 9.7%
07 (Daytona Beach) 3,051 3.4% 639 0.7% 3,690 4.1%
08 (Gainesville) 1,420 1.6% 296 0.3% 1,716 1.9%
09 (Orlando) 4,976 5.5% 1,128 1.2% 6,104 6.8%
10 (Bartow) 3,290 3.6% 836 0.9% 4,126 4.6%
11 (Miami) 9,274 10.3% 1,527 1.7% 10,801 11.9%
12 (Sarasota) 2,405 2.7% 610 0.7% 3,015 3.3%
13 (Tampa) 6,863 7.6% 1,608 1.8% 8,471 9.4%
14 (Panama City) 2,109 2.3% 468 0.5% 2,577 2.9%
15 (West Palm Beach) 4,704 5.2% 865 1.0% 5,569 6.2%
16 (Key West) 847 0.9% 130 0.1% 977 1.1%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 9,183 10.2% 2,137 2.4% 11,320 12.5%
18 (Sanford) 1,651 1.8% 375 0.4% 2,026 2.2%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 1,945 2.2% 445 0.5% 2,390 2.6%
20 (Ft. Myers) 3,103 3.4% 719 0.8% 3,822 4.2%
Total 73,934 81.8% 16,452 18.2% 90,386 100.0%

Table 7 Race by Judicial Circuit Criminal Punishment Code

Judicial Circuit Race Total
Black White Other*
01 (Pensacola) 1,597 1.8% 2,241 2.5% 42 0.0% 3,880 4.3%
02 (Tallahassee) 970 1.1% 398 0.4% 14 0.0% 1,382 1.5%
03 (Lake City) 199 0.2% 256 0.3% 4 0.0% 459 0.5%
04 (Jacksonville) 3,187 3.5% 2,361 2.6% 56 0.1% 5,604 6.2%
05 (Tavares) 1,244 1.4% 2,345 2.6% 62 0.1% 3,651 4.0%
06 (Clearwater) 2,977 3.3% 5,778 6.4% 51 0.1% 8,806 9.7%
07 (Daytona Beach) 1,418 1.6% 2,251 2.5% 21 0.0% 3,690 4.1%
08 (Gainesville) 986 1.1% 724 0.8% 6 0.0% 1,716 1.9%
09 (Orlando) 2,834 3.1% 3,174 3.5% 96 0.1% 6,104 6.8%
10 (Bartow) 1,543 1.7% 2,467 2.7% 116 0.1% 4,126 4.6%
11 (Miami) 5,650 6.3% 5,130 5.7% 21 0.0% 10,801 11.9%
12 (Sarasota) 1,158 1.3% 1,806 2.0% 51 0.1% 3,015 3.3%
13 (Tampa) 4,035 4.5% 4,185 4.6% 251 0.3% 8,471 9.4%
14 (Panama City) 826 0.9% 1,734 1.9% 17 0.0% 2,577 2.9%
15 (W. Palm Beach) 2,657 2.9% 2,906 3.2% 6 0.0% 5,569 6.2%
16 (Key West) 206 0.2% 766 0.8% 5 0.0% 977 1.1%
17 (Ft. Lauderdale) 5,997 6.6% 5,164 5.7% 159 0.2% 11,320 12.5%
18 (Sanford) 784 0.9% 1,222 1.4% 20 0.0% 2,026 2.2%
19 (Ft. Pierce) 963 1.1% 1,409 1.6% 18 0.0% 2,390 2.6%
20 (Ft. Myers) 1,133 1.3% 2,655 2.9% 34 0.0% 3,822 4.2%
Total 40,364 44.7% 48,972 54.2% 1,050 1.2% 90,386 100.0%
*Other includes Asian, Native American, and other categories.