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Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
James V. Crosby, Jr., 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 - June) of 2002-2003 in reference to attempted escapes, escapes and recaptures from Florida’s correctional facilities. This report summarizes the following:
For purposes of this report attempted escape and escape are defined as follows:
An escape will be further defined as one of the following levels:
A perimeter escape is defined as an escape initiated from inside the perimeter of a correctional facility other than a community release facility.
The number of escapes increased from FY 2001-2002 (63) to 75 for FY 2002-2003. The majority of these escapes were from work release/contract centers (93.3%) and were Level 1 escapes (98.7%), the least serious type. There was only 1 escape from a correctional institution and this was a walk-a-way from a work squad. There have been no escapes that breached the secure perimeter of a correctional facility in the past 3 fiscal years.
The overall escape rate rose slightly from 0.87 in FY 2001-2002 to 1.0 for FY 2002-2003. The escape rate for correctional institutions declined from 0.03 in FY 2001-2002 to 0.02 in FY 2002-2003.
Of the 75 completed escapes, 67 (89.3%) were recaptured to date of this report. Over 90% of these were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred and more than half of these (59.0%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.
There were 16 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. 14 (87.5%) of these were from correctional institutions.
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