Most Escapes (94.3%) Are Walkaways
from Work Release
Escapes from Florida state prison facilities declined over the last 10 years, from 289 in FY 1990-91 to the current total of 87. Over the last two fiscal years, escapes declined by almost 50%, from 160 in FY 1998-99 to 87 in FY 1999-00.
Of the 87 completed escapes this fiscal year, nine (10.3%) were from correctional institutions, three (3.4%) were from a work camp/road prison and 75 (86.2%) were from non-secure work release/contract centers.
Of the 87 completed (as opposed to attempted) escapes, 75 (86.2%) were recaptured as of July 17, 2000.
Forty-four (61.1%) of the recaptures were completed within 24 hours of the escape.
Three of the 87 escapes were from either a secure or non-secure perimeter and involved violence or potential violence in the escape process; two of the escapes were from a secure perimeter and did not involve violence and 82 (94.3%) of the escapes were from a non-secure perimeter such as a work release center and involved no violence. (Example: If an inmate does not return from his work release job he or she is considered an escape from a non-secure perimeter.)
There were 16 attempted (and foiled) escapes in FY 1999-00.