In FY 2004-05, there were 118 completed escapes,
of which 110 or 93.2% were recaptured as of July 1,
2005. Of the 110 who were recaptured, 63 or 57.3%
were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.
Four (3.4%) of those 118 escapes were in a state
prison facility when they escaped; 107 (90.7%)
were from non-secure work release/contract centers;
3 (2.5%) were from a work camp/road prison, and
4 (3.4%) were housed in prison but on an outside
work detail when they escaped.
There were seven attempted (and foiled) escapes in
FY 2004-05 compared to two in FY 2003-04.
To ensure public safety and to reduce escapes from
inside prisons, the Department focuses on 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.