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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year
2015 - 2016

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  • Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016
    • Attempts
    • Escapes
    • Recaptures
  • Short-term trends in Inmate Escapes

Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Inmate Information and Analysis Section
August 2016

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Inmate Escape Report

This report provides information for Fiscal Year 2015-16 (July 2015 - June 2016) 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 39.7% from 73 in FY 2014-15 to 44 in FY 2015-16. One (2.3%) of the 44 escapes was from a Correctional Institution (C.I.).It was a Level I escape. Three(6.8%) were from a work camp/road prison;all3 were Level I escapes.Forty (90.9%) were from work release/contract centers;of those, thirty-eight were Level I escapes,and two were not rated.

Of the 44 escapes, 42 (95.5%) were Level I escapes, and 2 (4.5%) were designated as "not rated." There were no Level II or Level IIIescapes in FY 2015-16.

Of the 44 escapes, 42 (95.5%) were recaptured as of August 6, 2016. Of the 42 recaptured, 35 (83.3%) were recaptured within the quarter. Of the 35 recaptured within the quarter, 19 (54.3%) were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

The overall escape rate for Fiscal Year 2015-16 was 0.45 escapes per 1,000 inmates. This is lower than the 0.74 rate observed for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The escape rate for correctional institutions was 0.01 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work camps/road prisons was 0.26 per 1,000 inmates. The escape rate for work release/community contract centers was 9.71 per 1,000 inmates. Region IV had the highest escape rate at 1.21 per 1,000 inmates. Region I had the lowest rate with 0 escapes duringFY 2015-16.

There were 6 attempted escapes in Fiscal Year 2015-16.

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