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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2009 - 2010

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  • Fiscal Year 2009 - 2010
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2009-10)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2010

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 Fiscal Year 2009-10 (July 2009 - June 2010) 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 158 in FY 2008-09 to 150 in FY 2009-10. Of the 150 escapes one
escape (0.7%) was from a major C.I. while on work detail outside the perimeter. 3 escapes (2.0%) were from
a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 146 of 150 escapes (97.3%) were from
work release/contract centers. 147 (98.0%) escapes were Level I escapes with no Level II escapes. There
were 2 (1.3%) Level III escapes and 1 (0.7%) undefined escape. There were no escapes in FY 2009-10 that
constituted a breach of a secure perimeter.

Of the 150 completed escapes, 144 (96.0%) were recaptured to date of this report. 134 of the 144 recaptured,
(93.1%) were recaptured within the same quarter as the escape. 86 (64.2%) of the 134 were recaptured within
24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate decreased from 1.61 in FY 2008-09 to 1.51 in FY 2009-10. The escape rate for
correctional institutions was 0.01 and the escape rate for work camps/road prison was 0.25. Region I had the
lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.19 whereas Region III had the highest at 3.65.

There were 5 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2009-10. 

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