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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Announcement
December 24, 2008
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Liberty Work Camp Inmate is Recaptured Within Six Hours of Escape

A minimum custody inmate who walked away from his work detail near State Road 12 in Liberty County on December 23, 2008 was recaptured within six hours by Department of Corrections K-9 teams who tracked him during his eight-mile attempt at freedom.

“The inmate was reported missing at 10:25 am and the dogs hit the ground at 11:33 am, picked up his track immediately and stayed with him until he was captured at 4:38 pm,” said Region I Director Wendel Whitehurst.

The DC’s escape and recapture plan was immediately put into effect, and local law enforcement including the Florida Highway Patrol, the Blountstown Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office assisted. The Calhoun County S.O.’s helicopter spotted the inmate and was instrumental in his recapture. Corrections K-9 teams from Franklin and Liberty Correctional Institutions made the recapture.

Inmate William Puckett was serving his 10 year sentence at Liberty Correctional Institution’s Work Camp for grand theft motor vehicle, trafficking in stolen property and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He now faces an escape charge.

Even with an inmate population of more than 100,000, escapes from Florida prisons are extremely rare. There were no escapes from inside a Florida state correctional institution in FY 2007-08.