Smart Justice for a Safer Florida


Smart Justice Overview
  • Of Florida’s 102,000 prisoners, approximately half are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, and more than one-quarter are incarcerated for drug offenses (Source: Cost-Effectiveness and Community Benefit Report, AIF Smart Justice Council, September 2011)
  • In 2010-2011, seven out of 10 prison admissions were for non-violent offenses
  • Almost half of new prison inmates will serve terms of two years or less, and 83% of these admissions are for non-violent offenses
  • The largest group of Florida prison admissions in the last five years is for drug crimes (approximately 26% to 30%)
  • Three-quarters of state, federal and county jail inmates meet criteria for either mental health or substance use problems

Smart Justice facts on specific topics Corrections   Substance Abuse & Mental Health   Cost Savings Public Support