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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2013 - 2014

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  • Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2012-13)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2014

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David Ensley or Todd Gregory
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Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for Fiscal Year 2013-14 (July 2013 - June 2014) 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, 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; and

  • 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 or supervised environment 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 decreased dramatically from 172 in FY 2012-13 to 93 in FY 2013-14. Of the 93 escapes, six (6.5%) were from a major correctional institution (C.I.) of which four were escapes while on work detail outside the perimeter fence and two* were escapes that breached the security of the institution. None of the 93 (0.0%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 87 (93.5%) of the 93 escapes were from work release/contract centers. 88 (94.6%) of the 93 escapes were a Level I escape, none (0.0%) were a Level II escape, four (4.3%) were a Level III escape and one (1.1%) escape was designated as not rated.

Of the 93 completed escapes, 89 (95.7%) were recaptured as of August 10, 2014. Of the 89 recaptured, 79 (88.8%) were recaptured within the quarter of the escape. 49 (62.0%) of the 79 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate decreased from 1.75 escapes per 1,000 inmates in FY 2012-13 to 0.94 escapes per 1,000 inmates in FY 2013-14. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.07 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work camps/road prisons was 0.00 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work release/contract centers was 23.17 per 1,000 inmates. Region 1 had the lowest overall rate per 1,000 inmates for the fiscal year at 0.09. Region IV had the highest overall rate per 1,000 inmates at 2.27.

There were twelve attempted escapes during Fiscal Year 2013-14. 

*The perimeter escapes were perpetrated by Charles Walker on 10/08/2013 and Joseph Jenkins on 9/27/2013 at Franklin CI through a fraudulent court order, which was covered extensively by the media.

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