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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2011 - 2012

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  • Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012
    • 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 2012

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 2011-12 (July 2011 - June 2012) 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 167 in FY 2010-11 to 171 in FY 2011-12. Of the 171 escapes two
escapes (1.2%) were from a major C.I. while on work detail outside the perimeter. 8 escapes (4.7%) were from
a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 161 of 171 escapes (94.2%) were from
work release/contract centers. 165 (96.5%) escapes were Level I escapes with no Level II escapes. There
were 3 (1.8%) Level III escapes and 3 (1.8%) were undefined. There were no escapes in FY 2011-12 that
constituted a breach of a secure perimeter.

Of the 171 completed escapes, 166 (97.1%) were recaptured to date of this report. 151 of the 166 recaptured,
(91.0%) were recaptured within the same quarter as the escape. 105 (69.5%) of the 151 were recaptured within
24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate increased from 1.67 in FY 2010-11 to 1.73 in FY 2011-12. The escape rate for
correctional institutions was 0.02 and the escape rate for work camps/road prison was 0.69. Region I had the
lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.52 whereas Region III had the highest at 4.12.

There were 6 attempted and foiled escapes from Florida correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2011-12. 

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