In February 2006, Secretary McDonough expressed a determined and sincere concern to reduce the number of absconders from supervision. As part of this initiative, a goal was established to reduce the number of absconders by 20% within one year.
In order to accomplish this goal, a statewide advisory review committee was created to assist the Absconder Unit in developing and refining strategies to locate absconders. The following actions were taken as a result of the recommendations of the review team:
Since the beginning of the initiative on February 28, 2006, the number of absconders has been reduced 44,020 to 32,134 as of June 30, 2007, a reduction of 11,886 absconders or (27%). Since the inception of the Absconder Unit in 2001, the number of outstanding absconder warrants has been reduced by more than 34%.
In the interest of public safety, the Florida Department of Corrections makes available to law enforcement agencies and the public, information and photographs of offenders who have ceased to make themselves available for supervision and are considered absconders.
Information about absconders can be accessed via the “Offender Search” link on the left column of the Department’s home web page, that directs the user to the Absconder/Fugitive Information Search site.
Visitors can provide information about an absconder to the Department’s Absconder Unit via e-mail link firstname.lastname@example.org, which is provided on the Absconder/Fugitive Information Search page.