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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2010 - 2011

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  • Fiscal Year 2010 - 2011
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2010-11)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2011

Direct questions to:
David Ensley or Todd Gregory
(850) 717-3645
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500

Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for Fiscal Year 2010-11 (July 2010 - June 2011) 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 150 in FY 2009-10 to 167 in FY 2010-11. Of the 167 escapes two
escapes (1.2%) were from a major C.I. while on work detail outside the perimeter. 4 escapes (2.4%) were from
a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 161 of 167 escapes (96.4%) were from
work release/contract centers. 164 (98.2%) escapes were Level I escapes with no Level II escapes. There
were 3 (1.8%) Level III escapes and none were undefined. There were no escapes in FY 2010-11 that
constituted a breach of a secure perimeter.

Of the 167 completed escapes, 156 (93.4%) were recaptured to date of this report. 149 of the 156 recaptured,
(95.5%) were recaptured within the same quarter as the escape. 111 (74.5%) of the 149 were recaptured within
24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate increased from 1.51 in FY 2009-10 to 1.67 in FY 2010-11. The escape rate for
correctional institutions was 0.02 and the escape rate for work camps/road prison was 0.33. Region I had the
lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.41 whereas Region III had the highest at 3.93.

There were 5 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2010-11. 

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