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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2008 - 2009

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  • Fiscal Year 2008 - 2009
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2008-09)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2009

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

Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year 2008-09 (July 2008 - June 2009) 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 128 in FY 2007-08 to 158 in FY 2008-09. Of the 158 escapes one escape (0.6%) was from a major C.I. while on work detail outside the perimeter. 6 escapes (3.8%) were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 151 of 158 escapes (95.6%) were from work release/contract centers. All 158 escapes were Level I escapes (100.0%) with no Level II or Level III escapes. There were no escapes in FY 2008-09 that constituted a breach of a secure perimeter.

Of the 158 completed escapes, 150 (94.9%) were recaptured to date of this report. 136 of the 150 recaptured, (90.7%) were recaptured within the same quarter as the escape. 92 (67.6%) of the 136 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate increased from 1.35 in FY 2007-08 to 1.61 in FY 2008-09. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.01 and the escape rate for work camps/road prison was 0.53. Region I had the lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.46 whereas Region III had the highest at 3.06. 

There were 14 attempted and folied escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2008-09. 

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