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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year Report
June 2001

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  • Fiscal Year 2000-2001
    • Escapes
    • Attempts
    • Recaptures
  • Short Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2000-01)
Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Michael W. Moore, Secretary
Direct questions to:
Maria Toscano or Bill Bales
(850) 488-1801 or SC 278-1801
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year (July 2000 - June 2001) of 2000-2001 in reference to attempted escapes, escapes and recaptures from Florida’s correctional facilities. This report summarizes the following:

  • Attempted escapes
  • Escapes by level, facility type, and facility type by region
  • Recaptures and recaptures within quarter, by time to recapture, and time to recapture, by facility type
  • Escape rates by region, and facility type by region
  • Escapes by facility, facility type, and facility type by region
  • Escapes by facility type, by month
  • Escape rates by region by quarter
  • Escapes FY 1989-1990 to FY 2000-2001
  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates for all facilities and for correctional institutions FY 1989-1990 to FY 2000-2001

For purposes of this report attempted escape and escape are defined as follows:

  • Attempted escape: Inmate is apprehended before completion of the escape act.
  • Escape: Unauthorized absence from the designated facility boundary or absence from any official assignment outside this boundary.

An escape will be further defined as one of the following levels:

  • Level I: Escape from non-secure environment such as a community correctional center.
  • Level II: Escape from a secure perimeter.
  • Level III: Escape where inmate exhibited serious risk behavior.

A perimeter escape is defined as an escape initiated from inside the perimeter of a correctional facility other than a community release facility.

Summary

The number of escapes increased from 87 in FY 1999-00 to 97 in FY 2000-01, but is still down dramatically from past years. Of the 97 escapes in FY 2000-01, 84 (86.6%) were from work release/contract centers. Ninety-two (94.8%) of the 97 escapes were rated as a Level I escape, more commonly referred to as a 'walk-away'. There were no perimeter or Level II types of escapes for FY 2000-01 and only 4 (4.1%) were rated as Level III and exhibited any type of serious risk behavior.

The overall escape rate increased slightly from 1.25 in FY 1999-00 to 1.36 in FY 2000-01. The escape rate for correctional institutions, however, was cut in half this last fiscal year from .15 in FY 1999-00 to .07 in FY 2000-01.

Of the 97 completed escapes, 89 (91.8%) were recaptured to date of this report. Eighty-five (95.5%) of the recaptures were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred and 66 (77.6%) of these recaptures were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

There were 8 attempted escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. Seven (87.5%) of the attempts occurred at correctional institutions, while 1 (12.5%) occurred at a work camp/ road prison.

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*Beginning in 1999 five regions were collapsed into four due to departmental reorganization.

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