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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Population

Florida Prison Population
Up Slightly

Inmate population refers to the 73,553 inmates who were present in the Florida prison system on June 30, 2002. The following tables and charts will detail the characteristics of these inmates. Other fiscal years are also featured to illustrate trends.

  • While the number of inmates in prison rose 56.5% over the last ten years, from 47,012 in June 1992 to 73,553 in June 2002, there was only a 13.7% rise in inmate population over the last five years, and only a 2.1% increase in the last year.

  • The majority of inmates in prison on June 30, 2002 are male (69,164 or 94.0%) and black (39,239 or 53.3%). However, the percentage of black inmates in prison is decreasing (58.2% in June 1992 to 53.3% in June 2002.)

  • The top five categories of primary offenses for which inmates are incarcerated are: drugs (18.2%), burglary (15.9%), murder/manslaughter (14.4%), robbery (13.7%) and violent personal offenses such as carjacking and aggravated assault (12.1%).

  • On June 30, 2002, 440 of every 100,000 Floridians were incarcerated compared to 433 in 1998.

Inmate Population on
June 30, 1993-2002

Rose from 50,603 in 1993 to 73,553 in 2002

Inmates Incarcerated on June 30*
(per 100,000 Florida Population)

Rose from 433 in 1998 to 440 in 2002
* Incarceration rates in previous Annual Reports were based on estimates from the 1990 Census. These revised rates are based on more accurate general population estimates revised since the 2000 Census.

This section of the 2001-02 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the fifteen-page section (679K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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