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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Section 3: Property Crimes

Property offenders who have been sentenced to prison under the current minimum 85% of sentence served policy will, on average, serve a significantly longer period of time in prison than at any time over the past 25 years.

The average prison sentence under this policy has resulted in 2.9 years of incarceration compared to 2.0 years under the parole system of the early 1980's and 1.3 years during the early prison release policy of the late 80's and early 90's (chart 21).

Property offenders sentenced to prison in the latest fiscal year (2003-2004) will serve 2.8 years compared to 0.9 year in FY1987-1988 (chart 22).

Chart 21
All Property Crimes
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
Under Different Sentencing Policies: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
All Property Crimes, Under Different Sentencing Policies: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004: Rose from 2.0 in 1982 to 2.9 in 2004.

Chart 22
All Property Crimes
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
All Property Crimes, By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-80 to 1998-99: Rose from 2.1 in 1979 to 3.9 in 1999.

Burglary

Offenders who commit a burglary crime will serve significantly more time in prison today (4.3 years in FY 2003-2004) than at any time over the past 25 years. This current 4.3 years average time served for burglars is 290.9% higher than the low of 1.1 years in FY 1987-1988 (chart 24).

Armed burglars will serve an average of 8.4 years in prison under the minimum 85% of sentence served policy in FY 2003-2004 compared to an average of 2.6 years in FY 1988-1989 when Florida was forced to invoke early prison release (chart 25).

A prison sentence for auto theft in FY 2003-2004 resulted in an average of 1.9 years of incarceration compared to less than 0.8 year in FY 1987-1988, a 137.5% increase (chart 27).

Chart 23
Burglary
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
Under Different Sentencing Policies: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
Burglary, Under Different Sentencing Policies: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004: Rose from 2.4 in 1983 to 4.0 in 2004.

Chart 24
Burglary
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
Burglary, By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004:  Rose from 2.6 in 1979 to 4.3 in 2003.

Chart 25
Armed Burglary
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
Armed Burglary: Rose from 4.0 in 1979 to 8.4 in 2004

Chart 26
Theft/Forgery/Fraud
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
Theft/Forgery/Fraud: Rose from 1.8 in 1979 to 2.1 in 2004.

Chart 27
Auto Theft
Average Prison Time Served in Years for New Admissions
By Fiscal Year: FY 1979-1980 to FY 2003-2004
Auto Theft: Rose from 1.8 in 1979 to 1.9 in 2004.