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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Community Supervision Absconder Unit

Number of Absconders From
Supervision Reduced

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:

  • Field Liaisons were identified in each circuit to work closely with the Absconder Unit, field staff, and local law enforcement agencies to increase absconder apprehensions. The Liaisons also work with the community and local media groups i.e., “Crime Stoppers”, to publicize high-risk absconders and generate leads from the public.

  • Staff was trained in each circuit to assist in the development of local strategies for reducing the number of absconders.

  • Absconder Unit Web site located on DCWeb (the department’s intranet) was created, providing training and other absconder-related resources to field staff.

  • An Absconder Tracking Database was created to track and record absconders, and to share tips and leads.

  • Top ten “Most Wanted Absconders” list was created by Brian Howell, and was posted on DCWeb. It was so well received that it was also launched on the public web site in November.

  • The Appriss JusticeXchange data network was used to locate absconders in custody nationwide.

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service was used to identify deceased absconders.

  • The Absconder Unit in this initiative developed partnerships with the agencies listed below in an effort to apprehend absconders.

    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    • Department of Revenue (Child Support Enforcement)
    • Agency for Workforce Innovations
    • Federal Bureau of Prisons

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%.

If you suspect someone may be an absconder from supervision...

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 absconders@mail.dc.state.fl.us, which is provided on the Absconder/Fugitive Information Search page.