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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Escapes

No Escapes from
Secure Perimeter Prisons
in Last Three Fiscal Years

  • In FY 2002-03, there were 75 completed escapes, 67 or 89.3% were recaptured as of July 17, 2003. Of the 67 who were recaptured, 36 or 53.7% were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.

  • None of those 75 escapes were from inside a correctional institution. 56 (74.7%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers; four (5.3%) were from a work camp/road prison, and one (1.3%) of the inmates who escaped was housed in prison but was on an outside work detail when he escaped.

  • There were 16 attempted (and foiled) escapes in FY 2002-03.

  • The decline in escapes from inside prisons can be attributed to three factors: a zero tolerance policy for escapes; the implementation of a comprehensive security audit program; and replacing and upgrading perimeter barriers including fences, razor wire and installing electronic detection systems.
Escapes Over a Ten Year Period
Chart shows steady decrease from 1993-94 (324 escapes) to 2001-03 (63 escapes) and increases to 75 escapes in 2002-03


Escapes by Month
Work Release was hightest in August & November 2002 with 10 escapes each month.  Correctional Institutions only had one escape in October 2002.


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