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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 2009-2010

  • In FY 2009-10, there were 150 completed escapes, 144 or 96.0% were recaptured as of July 1. Of the 144 who were recaptured, 86 or 64.2% were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.
  • Of the 150 completed escapes, 146 (97.3%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers; 3 (2.0%) were from a work camp/road prison, and 1 (0.7%) of the inmates who escaped was housed in prison but was on an outside work detail when he escaped.
  • There were 5 attempted (and foiled) escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2009-10. 
  • 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 2000-2001 (97 escapes) to 2001-02 (63 escapes) and increases to 158 escapes in 2008-2009 then decreases again in 2009-2010 to 150.

Escapes by Quarter for FY 2009-2010

Work Release was hightest in July-September 2009 with 43 escapes.  Work Camp/Road Prisons escapes were only 2; one in October-December 2009 and one in April-June 09.  There was one escape from a Correctional Institution.