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
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