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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Executive Summary Absconders

This section looks at offenders who absconded from supervision based upon the fiscal year of their placement. An absconder is someone who flees supervision/monitoring, whose whereabouts are unknown and for whom the judge has issued an arrest warrant for a violation of supervision.

Table 4A: Placements in FY 1999-00 Who Absconded, Outcomes through 1 Year

  • Of the 2,608 offenders who absconded within one year of placement, 65.5% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 45.4% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 11.3% were able to return to active status.
  • 13.0% of Radio Frequency (RF) absconders who were apprehended were placed on GPS - a more stringent form of monitoring.

Chart 4A: Placements on Community Control in FY1999-00 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the community controlees who absconded, over three-quarters (77.5%) were male; and over half (55.7%) were white.
  • Less than two percent of community control sex offenders absconded.
  • The majority of community controlees who absconded (41.6%) had been convicted of a drug offense.

Chart 4B: Placements on Radio Frequency (RF) in FY1999-00 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, over three-quarters (78.3%) were male; and over half (56.5%) were black.

  • Less than one-tenth (8.7%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) were sex offenders.

  • Over two-thirds of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded were on supervision for either a property or violent (47.8% each) offense.

Chart 4C: Placements on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) in FY1999-00 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) who absconded, over three-quarters (81.3%) were male; and over half (59.4%) were black.

  • Slightly less than a quarter (21.9%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) were sex offenders.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the offenders being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) who absconded were on supervision for a violent (62.5% each) offense.

Table 4B: Placements in FY 1998-99 who Absconded, Outcomes through 2 Years

  • Of the 2,917 offenders who absconded within two years of placement, 78.3% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 64.5% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 3.4% were able to continue their supervision / monitoring.

Chart 4D: Placements on Community Control in FY1998-99 Who Absconded within 2 Years

  • Of the community controlees who absconded, over three-quarters (75.6%) were male; and over half (54.7%) were white.
  • The percentage of community control sex offenders who absconded was almost negligible (1.5%).

  • Over three-quarters of community controlees who absconded had been convicted of a drug offense (44.1%) or a property crime (34.4%).

Chart 4E: Placements on Radio Frequency (RF) in FY1998-99 Who Absconded within 2 Years

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, over three-quarters (80.1%) were male; 48.7% were white and 48.1% were black.

  • Slightly over one-tenth (11.0%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) were sex offenders.
  • About two-thirds of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded were on supervision for either a drug (35.9%) or violent (30.1%) offense.

Table 4C: Placements in FY 1997-98 who Absconded, Outcomes through 3 Years

  • Of the 2,724 offenders who absconded within two years of placement, 84.7% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 73.0% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 2.2% were able to continue their supervision / monitoring.