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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Florida Prison Population Up
54% Over Ten Years

Inmate Population on June 30, 1991-2000

Chart: Rose from 46,233 in 1991 to 71,233 in 2000

Inmate population refers to the 71,233 inmates who were present in the Florida prison system on June 30, 2000. The following tables and charts will detail the characteristics of these inmates. Other fiscal years may also be featured to illustrate trends.

  • While prison admissions have declined 30% over the last ten years, the number of inmates in prison has risen 54%, from 46,233 in June 1991 to 71,233 in June 2000. This means that while fewer inmates are coming into prison, the ones who do come in are serving longer sentences.

  • The average percentage of sentence served for inmates released in June 2000 was 80%, compared to 34% in June 1992.

  • The majority of inmates in prison on June 30, 2000 are male (67,214 or 94.4%) and black (38,679 or 54.3%). However, the percentage of black inmates in prison is decreasing (from 58.1% in June 1992 to 54.3% in June 2000).

  • The top five categories of primary offenses for which they are incarcerated are: drugs (17.7%), burglary (17.3%), murder/manslaughter (14.6%), robbery (14.2%) and violent personal offenses such as carjacking and aggravated assault (11.9%).

  • On June 30, 2000, 455 of every 100,000 Floridians were incarcerated compared to 445 four years ago.

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

Chart: Fell from 445 in 1996 to 439 in 1997, then back to 455 in 2000

This information is also available for download/printing as an Adobe Acrobat 305K PDF file.

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