Statistics

Though data has been somewhat hard to come by, and the data we’ve received hasn’t been 100% accurate, below are the approximations regarding those sentenced under the PRR as of March, 2019 (13,824 per Florida Department of Corrections):

Total sentenced under PRR since May 30, 1997: Approximately 14,000

Total currently incarcerated under PRR: Approximately 8,000

Number of individuals currently incarcerated with life sentences: Approximately 1,800

Majority offense category for life sentences: Robbery with a gun/deadly weapon

PRR’s by race: 58% black, 38% white; Hispanic, Native American and “all other” all 2% or less.


Plea Questionnaire Findings

In 2020, FPFU sent out approximately 500 questionnaires to random PRR individuals incarcerated in several of Florida’s correctional institutions regarding if they had been offered a plea deal/bargain.  Of those 500 questionnaires, 204 were returned with findings noted below:

  1. A total of 129 of respondents, or 63%, were offered a plea.
  2. Of the total of 129 plea respondents, 84% (109) were black, 15% (19) were white and 1% (1) were Hispanic (1).
  3. The average plea offered was 18 years with 100 of those respondents ultimately being given a life sentence.
  4. Of those 129 plea respondents who provided their score sheet (45), the average lowest possible sentence that could have been given under the usual guidelines is 10 years.
  5. Of those 129 plea respondents who provided their score sheet which included the victim injury section (44), in 80% of the cases (35) there was zero victim injury, in 11% (5) there was slight victim injury, in 7% (3) there was moderate victim injury and in 2% (1) there was severe victim injury.
  6. A total of 75 respondents, or 37%, were not offered a plea.
  7. Of the 75 respondents who were not offered a plea, 83% (62) were black, 16% (12) were white, and 1% (1) were Hispanic.
  8. Of the 75 respondents not offered a plea who provided their score sheet (25), the average lowest possible sentence under the normal guidelines was 9.5 years.
  9. Of the 75 respondents not offered a plea who provided their score sheet which included the victim injury section (26), in 81% (21) of the cases there was zero victim injury, in 8% (2) there was slight victim injury, in 3% (1) there was moderate victim injury, and in 8% (2) there was severe victim injury. 
  10. Of the 75 respondents who were not offered a plea, 97% (73) received life sentences and 3% (2) received 30 years.
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