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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year

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  • Fiscal Year 2002-2003
    • Escapes
    • Attempts
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2002-03)
Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
July 2003
James V. Crosby, Jr., 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 2002-2003 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 2002-2003
  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates for all facilities and for correctional institutions FY 1989-1990 to FY 2002-2003

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 increased from FY 2001-2002 (63) to 75 for FY 2002-2003. The majority of these escapes were from work release/contract centers (93.3%) and were Level 1 escapes (98.7%), the least serious type. There was only 1 escape from a correctional institution and this was a walk-a-way from a work squad. There have been no escapes that breached the secure perimeter of a correctional facility in the past 3 fiscal years.

The overall escape rate rose slightly from 0.87 in FY 2001-2002 to 1.0 for FY 2002-2003. The escape rate for correctional institutions declined from 0.03 in FY 2001-2002 to 0.02 in FY 2002-2003.

Of the 75 completed escapes, 67 (89.3%) were recaptured to date of this report. Over 90% of these were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred and more than half of these (59.0%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

There were 16 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. 14 (87.5%) of these were from correctional institutions.

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