TALLAHASSEE - After nearly two years without an escape from a state prison, this morning's escape from Dade Correctional Institution marks the second in less than a month. As a result the Florida Department of Corrections is intensely scrutinizing its security procedures to prevent future escapes from occurring.
"Escapes represent a violation of our agency's most important mission: protecting public safety," said DOC Secretary Michael Moore. Inmate Timothy Jackson (DC# 107132) escaped from Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City this morning. Moore stated, "We have dedicated every available employee and will continue to work with the FDLE and local law enforcement until this inmate is apprehended." Inmate Jackson, who was serving a life sentence for 16 counts of kidnapping, armed burglary and robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon, is believed to have escaped as a stowaway during a delivery.
Two weeks ago, Inmate Julio Bonachea (DC# M15771) escaped from Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown. Inmate Bonachea apparently received assistance from his brother, who visited him at Calhoun Correctional Institution the day of his escape.
Neither escape was a result of a breach in perimeter security. The inmates did not scale, cut through, or dig under prison fences. Both Jackson and Bonachea are still at large and considered dangerous. Anyone who sees either inmate should call 911. For photos and background information on the escapees, please visit our website at www.dc.state.fl.us and look under Inmate Escape Information Search.
"We will do everything in our power to ensure that these inmates are found and public confidence is restored," said Moore. DOC is conducting full investigations into both escapes, the findings of which will be used to help prevent incidents like this from happening again.