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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Escapes

Inmate Escapes Decline for the Second Fiscal Year

There were 72 completed escapes during FY 2014-15, and of thoses escapes 69 (95.8%) were recaptured as of July 15, 2015. Approximately 35 (53.8%) of the 69 escapes were recaptured within 24 hours.

  • The majority (94.4%) of escapes were community custody walk-aways from community 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.
  • Two (2.8%) escapes were from work camps and/or road prisons and two (2.8%) were from correctional institutions.
  • There were ten (10) attempted escapes (inmate was apprehended before completing the escape act) during Fiscal Year 2014-15.

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 2014-15 Escapes by Quarter by Facility Type

Work Release was hightest in April-June 2015 with 20 escapes.  There was two Work Camp/Road Prisons escapes from July 2014 to June 2015. There were 2 escapes from a Correctional Institutions

Escapes From Correctional Facilities Over Ten Years*

Chart shows steady increase from 2005-2006 (122 escapes) to 172 in 2012-2013, though in Fiscal year 2014-2015, the number dropped to a low of 72
*A majority of escapes are walk-aways from Community Work Release Centers


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