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

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Escapes

Escape Report Summary
for FY 2008-2009

  • In FY 2008-09, there were 158 completed escapes, 150 or 94.9% were recaptured as of July 1, 2009. Of the 150 who were recaptured, 92 or 67.6% were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape
  • Of the 158 completed escapes, 151 (95.6%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers; 6 (3.8%) were from a work camp/road prison, and 1 (0.6%) of the inmates who escaped was housed in prison but was on an outside work detail when he escaped.
  • There were 14 attempted (and foiled) escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2008-09. 
  • 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 1999-2000 (87 escapes) to 2001-02 (63 escapes) and increases to 158 escapes in 2008-2009

Escapes by Quarter for FY 2008-2009

Work Release was hightest in April-June 2009 with 50 escapes.  Work Camp/Road Prisons escapes were only six; two in July-September 2008, three in October-December 2008, and one in April-June 09.  There were no escapes from a Correctional Institution.