PER DIEM (FISCAL YEAR 2013-14)
Most prison inmates live in dormitories not cells. Florida State Prison in Starke is the only Florida prison where all inmates live in single cells.
It costs an average $49.49 a day or $18,064 per year to house an inmate in a Florida prison.
Prison inmates work in jobs ranging from laundry, cooking and prison maintenance to prison industries and outside work squads. Community Work Squad inmates perform services under agreements with the Department of Transportation, other state agencies such as the Division of Forestry, counties, cities, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the Department of Corrections’ Community Work Squad inmates performed almost 5.4 million hours of work in our communities, valued at more than $76 million, and after costs, provided the citizens of Florida with a net cost savings/ value added of approximately $45 million.
Revised February 2015
Certified entry-level Correctional Officers are paid $30,807.92 annually. Certified entry-level Correctional Probation Officers are paid $33,478.12 annually.
Inmates grow crops every year and are growing even more of their own food. Inmates are cultivating approximately 892 acres at 39 parent institution (53 locations) farms and gardens and six University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) facilities. The farm program delivered over 11.1 million pounds of produce from July 2013 to June 2014. While most prison farming programs have traditionally taken place outside the prison grounds, more of our facilities are starting farm programs inside the fences in our work camps, utilizing all the space available to supplement inmate meals with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by the inmates themselves. These programs save taxpayers money and teach the inmates a viable skill.
About the Florida Department of Corrections
On December 31, 2014, the Florida Department of Corrections housed 100,873 inmates in its 56 state prisons (including seven private prisons), and supervised almost 142,159 active offenders on community supervision at over 150 probation offices throughout the state. The Department employs approximately 20,965 employees, the majority of whom are Correctional Officers or Correctional Probation Officers (17,064).
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Florida’s recidivism rate has dropped to 26.3%, (based on 2009 inmate releases). That means about one of every four inmates released from a Florida prison returns to prison in Florida within three years. (This does not include the number of inmates who return to county jails, federal prisons or prisons in other states.)
From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, 32,442 inmates were admitted to prison, and 32,921 inmates were released. During that same period, 86,369 offenders were admitted to community supervision, and 87,533 were released from supervision.
PRISON STATISTICS Inmates in Florida’s prisons on December 31, 2014 ranged in age from 15 to 93 years old.
Top 10 Offenses on December 31, 2014 # Inmates
Of the 100,873 inmates in Florida prisons on December 31, 2014, 92.9% were male and 7.1% female
Robbery With Weapon
Burglary of a Dwelling
Manufacture, Sale or Purchase of Drugs
Capital (First Degree) Murder
Top 10 Counties of Conviction on December 31, 2014 County of Conviction
Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
Second Degree Murder
Robbery Without Weapon
Other 8.4% Drugs 15.9% Violent 53.5% Property 22.2%
Inmate Population by Primary Offense
COMMUNITY SUPERVISION STATISTICS General Characteristics of Offenders on Supervision on December 31, 2014
Primary Offense of Offenders on Community Supervision on December 31, 2014 Primary Offense
Length of Supervision
Average Age at Offense
Prior Supervision Commitments
Theft, Forgery, Fraud
4 or more
Types of Offenses for Offenders on Supervision December 31, 2014