By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO
With more than 100,000 inmates behind bars, Florida’s correctional population is among the largest in the United States.
One of the primary causes for the high population is that more than two-thirds of offenders are re-arrested and more than one-in-four return to prison within three years of their release. When these individuals cycle in and out of state and local facilities, they run up an enormous bill that is shouldered by Florida taxpayers. It costs an average of nearly $19,000 per year to house an inmate – more than three times the cost of tuition at the University of Florida.