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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year Report
June 1999

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  • Short Term Trends in Inmate Escapes (July 1998 to June 1999)
  • Escapes by Type, Security Breached, and Region
  • Recaptures and Time to Recapture
  • Escapes by Facility
  • Long Term Trends in Inmate Escapes (FY 1988-89 to FY 1998-99)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
October 1, 1999
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 documents short and long term trends in inmate escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. It also documents:

  • Escapes by type of facility
  • Level of security breached
  • Recaptures and length of time to recapture
  • Escapes by facility type/region
  • Escapes by individual correctional facilities
  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates

Please note recapture data is continuously updated for past escapes and facilities may change types across the fiscal years ( i.e., Ft. Myers CCC is now Ft. Myers Work Camp) thus affecting the category totals from previous reports.

Summary of Short Term Trends:

Total Inmate Escapes
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  • There were 160 escapes in Fiscal Year 1998-99. Of these, 4 (2.5%) were from correctional institutions; 7 (4.4%) were from work camps/road prisons; and 149 (93.1%) were from community correctional centers/contract centers.
  • Of the 160 escapes, 137 (85.6%) have been recaptured. Of these 137 that were recaptured, 77 (48.1%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.
  • Of the 160 escapes in Fiscal Year 1998-99, 10 (6.2%) were unarmed supervision escapes and 150 (93.8%) community supervision escapes. There were no perimeter escapes.
  • There have been no armed supervision escapes in the last fiscal year.

Summary of Long Term Trends:

Total Inmate Escapes
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  • Escapes have declined over the last five fiscal years (FY 1994-95, 308; FY 1995-96, 276; FY 1996-97, 191; FY 1997-98, 163 and FY 1998-99, 160).
  • There have been no escapes from armed supervision in the last four fiscal years.
  • The overall escape rate per 1,000 inmates has declined over the last five fiscal years (FY 1994-95, 5.22; FY 1995-96, 4.37; FY 1996-97, 2.97; FY 1997-98, 2.50 and FY 1998-99, 2.38).
  • Escapes have dramatically declined from 10 years ago (FY 1988-89, 1,540 to FY 1998-99, 160).
Definition of "Security Breached":
Community Supervision:
Escape from or while assigned to community correctional centers or contract centers.
Unarmed Supervision:
Escape from a 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.
Links to charts and graphs: *Beginning in 1999 five regions were collapsed into four due to departmental reorganization.

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