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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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Inmate Escapes
3rd Quarter Report
January 2017 – March 2017

Prepared By:
The Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
April 2017

Direct questions to:

David Ensley
or Victoria Dehner
(850) 717-3647
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida

Julie L. Jones, Secretary

  • For 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016-2017

    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures

  • Short-Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
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Inmate Escape Report 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016-2017

This report provides information for the third quarter (January 2017 - March 2017) of FY 2016-17 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:

  • 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 is 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 or supervised environment 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.


There were 11 escapes for the third quarter (January 2017 - March 2017) of Fiscal Year 2016-17. All of the 11 escapes were from Contracted Work Release Centers. All 11 escapes were Level I escapes – there were no escapes designated Level II or Level III during the third quarter.

Of the 11 completed escapes, 7 (64%) were recaptured within the same quarter. Two of the 7 were recaptured within 24 hours of escape.

The overall escape rate for the quarter was 0.12 escapes per 1,000 inmates. This is higher than the .08 rate observed for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2015-16, but lower than the .14 rate observed for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2014-15. Region IV had the highest escape rate at 0.39. Region I had the lowest rate with 0.03 overall for the quarter. 

There were 2 attempted escapes in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016-17. 

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