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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Appendix

Definition of a "Permanent Release":

For purposes of this report a permanent release is defined as an inmate who has reached the end-point of a state prison sentence and whose state prison record has been officially closed out. The following is a list of the release codes included in this definition of a permanent release: expiration of sentence, expiration of sentence to probation, provisional release supervision, conditional medical release, sentence vacated, parole, conditional pardon, reinstatement, mandatory conditional release, death, released by Florida Parole Commission, control release without supervision, commutation, full pardon, parole/probation, conditional release, control release with supervision, execution, parole reinstated.

Definition of "Violent Offense":

There are hundreds of criminal offenses in Florida statutes. There are any number of ways one can define what a violent crime is and categorize all the crimes accordingly. No one way of determining what specific crimes should be considered violent is correct. The Florida Department of Corrections has developed the following definition of violent crimes to guide the way in which it categorizes crimes as violent or non-violent.

A crime is defined as violent if the crime involves actual or the threat of physical harm to a person or the crime has a reasonable probability of causing unintended physical harm or physical threat of harm to a person.

One of the following conditions must occur for a crime to be defined as violent under this definition:

  1. Actual physical harm.

  2. Actual threat of physical harm.

  3. A reasonable probability existed that individual criminal acts could have resulted in unintended physical harm.

  4. A reasonable probability existed that individual criminal acts could have resulted in the threat of physical harm.

Note: Crimes are defined as violent from the statutory reference only. Therefore, a judgment has to be made based on this sometimes limited information whether any of these four conditions existed in the actual crime. For example, if the crime is “shooting into a vehicle”, it is not known if actual or the threat of physical harm occurred. However, in this case, we assume there is a reasonable probability that violence could have resulted.

Percentage of Sentence Served Calculation:

Percentage of sentence served is computed by first looking at the total number of days that an inmate was in D.C. custody between their admission date and release date (it excludes all out-time between those dates). This figure represents the total time-served in D.C. custody. We then look at the total number of county jail credits related to all sentences that contribute to making up the total sentence length. Next, we look at the total sentence length the inmate received across all commitments. This figure includes the total time from the sentence effective date of the oldest prefix for the most current commitment until the tentative release date of the final ruling sentence, taking into account concurrent and consecutive sentences without double counting them. To calculate percentage of sentence served, we take the total time served in D.C. custody, add the county jail credit and then divide by the total sentence length. This figure is then averaged and reported as the percentage of sentence served.