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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 2000-01 Who Absconded, Outcomes through 1 Year

  • Of the 2,439 offenders who absconded within one year of placement, 68.2% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 66.5% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 15.0% were able to return to active status.

Chart 4A: Placements on Community Control in FY2000-01 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the community controlees who absconded, over three-quarters (75.6%) were male; over half (56.0%) were white.
  • Less than two percent of community control sex offenders absconded.
  • The majority of community controlees who absconded (40.0%) had been convicted of a drug offense.

Chart 4B: Placements on Radio Frequency (RF) in FY2000-01 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, over three-quarters (88.2%) were male; over half (53.0%) were white.
  • Less than one-quarter (20.6%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) were sex offenders.
  • Over three-quarters of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded were on supervision for either a property (39.4%) or violent (45.4%) offense.

Chart 4C: Placements on Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) in FY2000-01 Who Absconded within 1 Year

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) who absconded, over three-quarters (85.7%) were male; race was nearly divided between black (48.3%) and white (48.3%).
  • Slightly less than a third (30.4%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) were sex offenders.
  • More than half of the offenders being monitored by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) who absconded were on supervision for a violent (56.3%) offense.

Table 4B: Placements in FY 1999-00 who Absconded, Outcomes through 2 Years

  • Of the 2,680 offenders who absconded within two years of placement, 81.8% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 82.8% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 4.4% were able to continue their supervision / monitoring.

Chart 4D: Placements on Community Control in FY1999-00 Who Absconded within 2 Years

  • Of the community controlees who absconded, over three-quarters (77.7%) were male; over half (55.9%) were white.
  • The percentage of community control sex offenders who absconded was negligible (1.9%).
  • Over three-quarters of community controlees who absconded had been convicted of a drug offense (41.4%) or a property crime (33.7%).

Chart 4E: Placements on Radio Frequency (RF) in FY1999-00 Who Absconded within 2 Years

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, over three-quarters (78.3%) were male; 43.5% were white, and 56.5% were black.
  • Less than ten percent (8.7%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) were sex offenders.
  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, nearly half were on supervision for a property offense (47.8%) and half for a violent (47.8%) offense.

Table 4C: Placements in FY 1998-99 who Absconded, Outcomes through 3 Years

  • Of the 2,921 offenders who absconded within three years of placement, 85.5% were apprehended.
  • Of those apprehended, 83.7% were subsequently revoked.
  • Only 3.2% were able to continue their supervision / monitoring.

Chart 4F: Placements on Community Control in FY1998-99 Who Absconded within 3 Years

  • Of the offenders on Community Control who absconded, over three-quarters (75.6%) were male; over half (54.7%) were white.
  • Slightly less than 2.0% of those who absconded while on Community Control were sex offenders.
  • Of the offenders on Community Control who absconded, over three-quarters were on supervision for a drug offense (44.2%) or a property offense (34.3%) .

Chart 4G: Placements on Radio Frequency (RF) in FY1998-99 Who Absconded within 3 Years

  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded, over three-quarters (80.3%) were male; race was evenly divided between black (48.4%) and white (48.4%).
  • Slightly more than ten percent (11.5%) of those who absconded while being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) were sex offenders.
  • Of the offenders being monitored by Radio Frequency (RF) who absconded two-thirds were on supervision for a drug offense (36.3%) or a violent offense (29.9%) .

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

  • Of the 2,726 offenders who absconded within three years of placement, 87.6% were apprehended.
  • 54.3% of offenders placed on Radio Frequency (RF) remained in absconder status, compared to only 10.5% of those on Community Control.
  • Of those apprehended, only 2.5% were able to continue their supervision/monitoring.