One In Every Two Hundred In Hendry Jail
LABELLE, FLORIDA (December 16, 2006) -- The monthly jail population report by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Hendry County near the top in highest percentage of county population incarcerated at the county jail. The report says 5.8 people for every 1000 in Hendry county was locked up in October, that's a little more than 1 in 200. If you have 200 friends, maybe one is in the jail. Glades county has a lower rate of 3.5 per 1000 according to the report.
Hendry county shares the highest rates of locked up persons, over 5 per thousand people with Bay, Desoto, Escambia, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardee, Jefferson, Levy, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Wakulla, and Washington counties.
Some counties may be experiencing high incarceration rates due to the contracting of bed space for federal inmates, says the report.
Sixty percent of Hendry prisoners were awaiting trial. The average daily jail population was 222 each day. The lowest county incarceration rate is Union county with only 1.7 per thousand.