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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

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Inmate Escapes
1st Quarter Report
July 2014 - September 2014

Prepared By:
The Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
October 2015

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or Todd Gregory
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

  • For 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014-2015

    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures

  • Short-Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
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Inmate Escape Report 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014-2015

This report provides information for the first quarter (July 2014 – September 2014) of Fiscal Year 2014-15 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 17 escapes for the first quarter (July 2014 - September 2014) of Fiscal Year 2014-15. None of the 17 (0.0%) escapes were from a Correctional Institution (C.I.) while on work detail outside the perimeter fence. One of the 17 (5.9%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 16 (94.1%) of the 17 escapes were from work release/contract centers. 16 (94.1%) of the 17 escapes were Level I escapes, with no (0.0%) Level II escapes, and no (0.0%) Level III escapes. One (5.9%) escape was designated as "not rated."

Of the 17 completed escapes, 15 (88.2%) were recaptured as of October 15, 2014. Of the 15 recaptured, 14 (93.3%) were recaptured within the quarter. Seven (50.0%) of the 14 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate for the quarter was 0.17 escapes per 1,000 inmates. This is lower than the 0.27 rate observed for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2013-14. Region III had the highest escape rate at 0.39. Region I had the lowest rate with 0.00 overall for the quarter.

There were no attempted escapes in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014-15.