Prison Overcrowding: Florida

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Florida’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget:$2.3 billion
  • Percentage of the state General Fund allocated
    in the 2009-2010 Budget Proposal to Corrections: 4%
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $16,410

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 46,599
    • Institutions: 17,597
    • Parole: 20,153
    • Administration: 794
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 98,192
  • Total number of facilities: 139
  • Escaped: 128
  • Average sentence: 55.2 months
  • Average percentage of sentence served: 84.6%
  • Average age: 33 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Facilities: 156
  • Population: 158,000

 Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • July 1, 2009 SB 1722 became law: a bill that would allow the corrections department to ship inmates to other states incase prison overcrowding forces emergency release.

Points of Contact

For general inquiries about the Department’s activities, send an email to the Public Affairs Office:

For other questions about community supervision, parole or probation, please contact the Office of Community Corrections at: (850) 487-2165 or co-supervision@

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

News and Media

  • Florida’s criminal justice system to be reformed, read more
  • Robber released decades early now charged with multiple home invasions, read more

Helpful Links

Florida’s Department of Corrections
Florida DOC 2007-2008 Annual Report

See also:

Georgia Prison Overcrowding