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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Escape Report Summary
for FY 2003-2004

  • In FY 2003-04, there were 109 completed escapes, 102 or 93.6% were recaptured as of July 1, 2004. Of the 102 who were recaptured, 58 or 56.9% were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.

  • One of those 109 escapes was in a state prison facility when they escaped. 99 (90.8%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers; seven (6.4%) were from a work camp/road prison, and two (1.8%) of the inmates who escaped were housed in prison but were on an outside work detail when they escaped.

  • There were two attempted (and foiled) escapes in FY 2003-04 compared to 16 in FY 2002-03.

  • The low number of 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 1994-95 (308 escapes) to 2000-01 (97 escapes) and increases to 109 escapes in 2003-04

Escapes by Month
Work Release was hightest in October 2003 with 15 escapes.  Correctional Institutions had one escape in each of the months of August 2003, January 2004, and February 2004.

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