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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year

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  • Fiscal Year 2006-2007
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2006-07)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2007

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 2006-2007 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 122 in FY 2005-06 to 142 in FY 2006-07. All but five of the FY 2006-07 escapes were from work release/contract centers (96.5%). Except for three, all were the least serious type Level 1 escapes (97.9%). There was one escape from a correctional institution which occurred while the inmate was being transported. There were four escapes from a Work Camp/Road Prison. The one escape while the inmate was being transported was considered a breach of a secured perimeter.

Of the 142 escapes, 135 (95.1%) were recaptured by August 5, 2007. Of the 135 recaptures, 114 (84.4%) were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred. Of the 114 recaptured within the quarter, 62 (54.4%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate increased from 1.41 in FY 2005-06 to 1.57 in FY 2006-07. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.01 in FY 2006-07 which was the same as in FY 2005-06.

There were two attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during FY 2006-07.

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