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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2007-2008

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  • Fiscal Year 2007-2008
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2007-08)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
July 2008

Direct questions to:
David Ensley or Todd Gregory
(850) 488-1801
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year (July - June) of 2007-2008 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 and rates by region, and facility type by region

  • Escapes by facility type, by month

  • Escape rates by region, by quarter

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 or an outside work squad, in which no Level III behaviors are exhibited.
  • Level II: Escape from a secure perimeter in which no Level III behaviors are exhibited.
  • Level III: Escape that involves hostages, weapons/tools, outside assistance, or violence during or after the escape.

An escape rate is defined as the number of escapes/(total population on the last day of the month for each month in the quarter/3)*1,000.

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

Summary

The number of escapes decreased from 142 in FY 2006-07 to 128 in FY 2007-08. All but three of the FY 2007-08 escapes were from work release/contract centers (97.7%). Except for two, all were the least serious type Level 1 escapes (98.4%). There were no escapes from a correctional institution. There were three escapes from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter fence. There were no escapes in FY 2007-08 that constituted a breach of a secured perimeter.

Of the 128 escapes, 125 (97.7%) were recaptured by July 17, 2008. Of the 125 recaptures, 112 (89.6%) were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred. Of the 112 recaptured within the quarter, 56 (50.0%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate decreased from 1.57 in FY 2006-07 to 1.35 in FY 2007-08. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.00 and the escape rate for work camps/road prison was 0.28.

There were two attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during FY 2007-08.

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