There were 44 completed escapes during FY 2015-16, and of thoses escapes 41 (93.2%) were recaptured as of July 2016. Approximately 18 (52.9%) of the 44 escapes were recaptured within 24 hours.
The majority (90.9%) 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.
Three (6.8%) escapes were from work camps and/or road prisons and one (2.3%) was from a correctional institution.
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 by Facility Type
Escapes From Correctional Facilities Over Ten Years*
*A majority of escapes are walk-aways from Community Work Release Centers