- Each year, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement self-reports crime data collected from across the State. Crime in Florida has steadily declined for the past 50 years. The state’s crime rate in 2020 dropped 14.1 percent below 2019′s numbers. The decrease is 15.7 percent when population growth is factored in.
- In the Tampa Bay region, Pinellas County saw a combined crime rate decline of 15.7 percent -- the biggest drop in the seven-county region – and Pasco County a 9.9 percent decline.
- 56% of inmates incarcerated in Florida's prisons have been previously convicted of violent offenses, and over 95% of all prisoners are repeat offenders.
- Drug offenders in Florida's prisons have an average of 36 prior criminal charges and 18 convictions per inmate, prior to their current incarceration.
- 86% of drug offenders in Florida's prisons have committed a prior forcible felony, a burglary or both, prior to their current incarceration.
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