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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2012 - 2013

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  • Fiscal Year 2012 - 2013
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2011-12)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2013

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 2012-13 (July 2012 - June 2013) 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 171 in FY 2011-12 to 172 in FY 2012-13. Of the 172 escapes four (2.3%) were from a major correctional institution (C.I.) while on work detail outside the perimeter fence. Five of the 172 (2.9%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 163 (94.8%) of the 172 escapes were from work release/contract centers. 170 (98.8%) of the 172 escapes were a Level I escape with one (0.6%) Level II, one (0.6%) Level III escape and zero (0.0%) escapes were designated as not rated.

Of the 172 completed escapes, 170 (98.8%) were recaptured to date of this report. Of the 170 recaptured, 158 (92.9%) were recaptured within the quarter of the escape. 114 (72.2%) of the 158 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate increased from 1.73 in FY 2011-12 to 1.75 in FY 2012-13. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.05 and the escape rate for work camps/road prisons was 0.48. Region 1 had the lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.36. Region III had the highest overall rate per 1,000 inmates at 4.12.

There were seven attempted escapes during Fiscal Year 2012-13. 

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