Officials say Florida's prison
population has topped 100,000 for the first time, making it only
the third state in the nation to break into six digits.
The Department of Corrections said the news came Thursday at
about 8 a.m. At 100,000, Florida's prison population roughly equals
incarcerating one out of every four residents of Miami or almost
all the citizens of Gainesville, home to the University of Florida.
California and Texas are the only other states that incarcerate
more than 100,000 people. California has approximately 170,000
behind bars; Texas 155,000.
Nationwide 1.5 million people were in U.S. prisons in 2005,
according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of