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Inmate Escapes Fiscal Year Report June 1997

  • Short-Term Trends (July 1996 to June 1997)
  • Escapes by Region, Type of Institution, and Individual Institutions
  • Long-Term Trends (FY 1983-1984 to June 1997)
  • Recaptures

Prepared By: Florida Department of Corrections * Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Harry K. Singletary 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 documents long and short-range changes in inmate escapes from Florida's correctional facilities.

It also documents:

  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates.
  • Escapes by type of institution (prison) or facility (work camps, road prisons, community correctional centers, drug treatment centers).
  • Escapes by gender.
  • Level of security breached by escapees, ranging from secure perimeters to community supervision.
  • Recaptures
  • Length of time to recapture.

The recapture data is updated each month for past escapes. Therefore, the number of escapes reported recaptured in previous months may increase from figures reported in earlier reports.

  • Summary of Short-Term Trends:

    • State Level

      • There were 15 escapes in June 1997.
      • All the escapees were male.
      • Of the 15 inmates who escaped in June 1997, 12 (80.07%) have been recaptured.
      • Of the 12 inmates recaptured, 6 (50.0%) were recaptured within 24 hours.

    • Types of Institutions

      • There were 3 escapes from a Major Institution in June 1997.
      • There was 1 escape from a Work Camp/Road Prison in June 1997.
      • Community Correctional Centers/Drug Treatment Centers accounted for 11 (73.3%) of the escapes in June 1997.

    • Long-Term Trends:

      • Escapes have declined over the last three fiscal years ( FY 94-95, 308 versus FY 95-96, 276 versus FY 96-97, 191).
      • There have been no escapes from armed supervision in the last 3 fiscal years.
      • In the last three fiscal years to date, 717 escapees (92.5%) were male versus 58 (7.5%) female.
Appendix: Definition of "Types of Escape"
Community Release
Escape from or while assigned to community correctional centers or contract drug programs.
Unarmed Supervision
Escape from an non-secure facility or while assigned to work squads or as transients in which armed supervision is not used.
Armed Supervision
Escape from or while assigned to work squads or as transients in which armed supervision is necessary.
Perimeter
Escape initiated from inside the perimeter of a correctional facility other than a community release facility.
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