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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

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Inmate Escapes
2nd Quarter Report
October 2013 - December 2013

Prepared By:
The Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
November 2013

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David Ensley
or Todd Gregory
(850) 717-3647
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida
32399-2500

Michael D. Crews, Secretary

  • For 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013-2014

    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures

  • Short-Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
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Inmate Escape Report 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013-2014

This report provides information for the second quarter (October 2013 - December 2013) of FY 2013-14 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.

Summary

There were 23 escapes for the second quarter (October 2013 - December 2013) of Fiscal Year 2013-14. One of the 23 (4.3%) escapes was from a Correctional Institution (C.I.) which was a perimeter escape.* None of the 23 (0.0%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 22 (95.7%) of the 23 escapes were from work release/contract centers. 19 (82.6%) of the 23 escapes were a Level I escape, with no (0.0%) Level II escapes, and three (13.0%) Level III escapes. One (4.3%) escape was designated as "not rated."

Of the 23 completed escapes, 19 (82.6%) were recaptured as of January 15, 2014. Of the 19 recaptured, 18 (94.7%) were recaptured within the quarter. Nine (50.0%) of the 18 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate for the quarter was 0.23 escapes per 1,000 inmates. This is lower than the 0.27 rate observed for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2013-14. Region IV had the highest escape rate at 0.65. Region I had the lowest rate with 0.06 overall for the quarter. 

There were five attempted escapes in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2013-14. 

*The perimeter escape was perpetrated by Charles Walker on 10/08/2013 through a fraudulent court order, which was covered extensively by the media, along with that of Walker's fellow Franklin CI inmate Joseph Jenkins on 09/27/2013. Jenkins' escape occurred in the prior quarter and was reported in the first quarter escape report.