There has not been an escape from the secure perimeter of a major prison since April 2005. The majority (94.7%) of the following escapes were community custody walkaways from work release centers, where inmates are out in the community working during the day, returning to the work release center afterward. Inmates returning late from work without valid reasons may be charged with escape and returned to a major prison with a secure perimeter to complete their sentences. The remaining escapes in FY 2012-13 were inmates who were working on unarmed work squads outside the perimeter of a prison, and were also lower custody inmates.
In FY 2012-13 , there were 172 completed escapes, 170 or 99% were recaptured as of July 1, 2013. Of the 170 who were recaptured, 114 or 67% were recaptured within 24 hours of their escape.
Of the 172 completed escapes, 163 (94.7%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers; five or 2.9% were from a work camp/road prison; and four or 2.4% of the inmates who escaped were housed in prison but were on an outside work detail when they escaped.
There were seven attempted (and thwarted) escapes in Fiscal Year 2011-12.
To ensure public safety and maintain a low number of escapes from inside prisons, the Department utilizes 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 by Quarter for FY 2012-13 by Facility Type
Escapes Over a Ten Year Period*
*A majority of escapes are walk-aways from Work Release Centers