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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Escapes

Inmate Escape Summary for FY 2013-14 - 45.9% drop in escapes

The number of escapes decreased dramatically from 172 in FY 2012-13 to 93 in FY 2013-14. Of the 93 escapes, six (6.5%) were from a major institution of which four were escapes while on work detail outside the perimeter fence and two were escapes that breached the security of the institution by way of fraudulent court orders.

  • The majority (93.5%) of escapes were community custody walk-aways from work release/contract 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 institution to complete their sentences.
  • Of the 93 completed escapes, 89 (95.7%) were recaptured as of August 10, 2014.
  • There were twelve attempted escapes during Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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.

FY 2013-14 Escapes by Quarter by Facility Type

Work Release was hightest in July-Septmeber 2013 with 27 escapes.  There were zero Work Camp/Road Prisons escapes from July 2013 to June 2014. There were six escapes from a Correctional Institution, two in July-September 2013; one from October-December 2013; one from January-March 2014; and two from April-June 2014.

Escapes From Correctional Facilities Over Ten Years*

Chart shows steady increase from 2004-20058 (118 escapes) to 172 in 2012-2013, though in Fiscal year 2013-2014, the number dropped to a low of 93
*A majority of escapes are walk-aways from Work Release Centers


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