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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year

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  • Fiscal Year 2005-2006
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2005-06)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2006

Direct questions to:
David Ensley or Todd Gregory
(850) 488-1801 or SC 278-1801
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year (July - June) of 2005-2006 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 and rates by region, and facility type by region

  • Escapes by facility type, by month

  • Escape rates by region, by quarter

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.

An escape rate is defined as the number of escapes/(total population on the last day of the month for each month in the quarter/3)*1,000.

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


The number of escapes increased from 118 in FY 2004-05 to 122 in FY 2005-06. All but two of the FY 2005-06 escapes were from work release/contract centers (98.4%). Except for one, all were the least serious type Level 1 escapes (99.2%). There was one escape from a correctional institution which was a walk-a-way from a work squad and one escape from a Work Camp/Road Prison. No escapes breached the secure perimeter of a correctional facility.

Of the 122 escapes, 112 (91.8%) were recaptured by July 1, 2006. Of the 112 recaptures, 98 (87.5%) were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred and 61 (62.2%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate declined slightly from 1.42 in FY 2004-05 to 1.41 in FY 2005-06. The escape rate for correctional institutions declined from 0.11 in FY 2004-05 to 0.01 in FY 2005-06.

There were seven attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during FY 2005-06 which was the same as FY 2004-05.

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