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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2014 - 2015

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  • Fiscal Year 2014 - 2015
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long-term trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 2014-15)

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2015

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Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for Fiscal Year 2014-15 (July 2014 - June 2015) 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 21.5% from 93 in FY 2013-14 to 73 in FY 2014-15. Two of the 73 (2.7%) escapes were from a Correctional Institution (C.I.) of which one was on work detail outside the perimeter fence and one was a perimeter escape. Two of the 73 (2.7%) escapes were from a work camp/road prison while on work detail outside the perimeter. 69 (94.5%) of the 73 escapes were from work release/contract centers.

Of the 73 escapes 69 (94.5%) were Level I escapes, two (2.7%) were Level II escapes and none (0.0%) were Level III escapes. Two (2.7%) of the 73 escapes were designated as "not rated."

Of the 73 escapes, 70 (95.9%) were recaptured as of August 6, 2015. Of the 70 recaptured, 65 (92.9%) were recaptured within the quarter. 35 (53.8%) of the 65 were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate for Fiscal Year 2014-15 was 0.74 escapes per 1,000 inmates. This is lower than the 0.94 rate observed for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.02 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work camps/road prisons were 0.18 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work release/community contract centers was 17.95 per 1,000 inmates. Region III had the highest escape rate at 1.30 per 1,000 inmates. Region I had the lowest rate with 0.12 per 1,000 inmates. 

There were ten attempted escapes for the Fiscal Year 2014-15.

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