Prison Overcrowding: Florida

Below is a summary of information including: the most recent 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

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $2,138,519,208
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $17,973

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 22,400
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 100,884
  • Total number of facilities: 143
  • Average sentence: 5.1 years
  • Average percentage of sentence served: 85%

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Population: 145,000

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • July 1, 2009 SB 1722 became law: a bill that would allow the corrections department to ship inmates to other states in case 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

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here

Helpful Links

Florida’s Department of Corrections

Annual Reports

Quick Facts

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Cara Sullivan

Task Force Director
Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
& Justice Performance Project  

See also:

Georgia Prison Overcrowding