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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Escapes

Escape Report Summary
for FY 2007-08

  • In FY 2007-08, there were 128 completed escapes, and 125 (97.7%) where the escapee was recaptured as of July 17, 2008. Of the 125 escapees who were recaptured, 56 (44.8%) were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.
  • None of the 128 escapes were from a state prison facility; 125 (97.7%) escapes were from non-secure work release/contract centers; 3 (2.3%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison.
  • There were 2 attempted (and foiled) escapes in FY 2007-08.
  • To ensure public safety and maintain low number of escapes from inside prisons, the Department bolsters 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 1998-99 (160 escapes) to 2001-02 (63 escapes) and increases to 128 escapes in 2007-08


Escapes by Quarter
for FY 2007-08

Work Release was hightest in July-September 2007 with 51 escapes.  Work Camp/Road Prisons escapes were only three; one in July-September 2007 and two in October-December 2007.


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