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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year

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  • Fiscal Year 2001-2002
    • Escapes
    • Attempts
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2001-02)
Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
August 2002
Michael W. Moore, Secretary
Direct questions to:
Maria Toscano or Bill Bales
(850) 488-1801 or SC 278-1801
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year (July - June) of 2001-2002 in reference to attempted escapes, escapes and recaptures from Florida’s correctional facilities. This report summarizes the following:

  • Attempted escapes
  • Escapes by level, facility type, and facility type by region
  • Recaptures and recaptures within quarter, by time to recapture, and time to recapture, by facility type
  • Escape rates by region, and facility type by region
  • Escapes by facility, facility type, and facility type by region
  • Escapes by facility type, by month
  • Escape rates by region by quarter
  • Escapes FY 1989-1990 to FY 2001-2002
  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates for all facilities and for correctional institutions FY 1989-1990 to FY 2001-2002

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 will be 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 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.

A perimeter escape is defined as an escape initiated from inside the perimeter of a correctional facility other than a community release facility.


The number of escapes decreased this fiscal year to 63, down from 97 the previous fiscal year. Almost all of these escapes, 58 (92.1%) were from a work release center. There were only 2 (3.2%) escapes from a correctional institution, both of which were walk-aways from a work squad. All 63 of the current fiscal year escapes were rated as Level I, the least serious type of escape. There were no secure perimeter escapes this fiscal year, in fact, there have been no secure perimeter escapes the last 2 fiscal years.

The overall escape rate declined to 0.87 overall in FY 2001-02, down from 1.36 in FY 2000-01. The escape rate for correctional institutions was again cut in half this fiscal year from 0.07 in FY 2000-01 to 0.03 this fiscal year.

Of the 63 completed escapes, 62 (98.4%) were recaptured to date of this report. Over 90% of these were recaptured within the quarter in which the esccape occurred and almost 79% of these were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

There were 11 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. All 11 were attempts from a correctional institution.

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