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Inmate Escapes
Fiscal Year Report
June 2000

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  • Fiscal Year 1999-2000
    • Escapes
    • Attempts
    • Recaptures
  • Short Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
  • Long Term Trends in Inmate Escapes
    (FY 1989-90 to FY 1999-00)
Prepared By:
Florida Department of Corrections
Bureau of Research and Data Analysis
Michael W. Moore, Secretary
Direct questions to:
Maria Toscano or Bill Bales
(850) 488-1801 or SC 278-1801
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500

This report provides information for the Fiscal Year (July 1999 - June 2000) of 1999-2000 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
  • Escapes by facility, facility type, and facility type by region
  • Escapes by facility type, by month
  • Escapes FY 1989-1990 to FY 1999-2000
  • Escape rates per 1,000 inmates for all facilities and for correctional institutions FY 1989-1990 to FY 1999-2000

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.
  • Level II: Escape from a secure perimeter.
  • Level III: Escape where inmate exhibited serious risk behavior.


Escapes decreased by 46% over the last two fiscal years (FY 1999-00, 87 vs FY 1998-99, 160). The number of escapes has also been dramatically reduced in the last decade from a total of 1,064 in FY 1989-90 to the current total of 87. The rate of escapes per 1,000 inmates has decreased dramatically over the past decade from 26.34 to 1.25.

Of the 87 completed escapes in FY 1999-00, nine (10.3%) were from correctional institutions, 3 (3.4%) were from a work camp/road prison and 75 (86.2%) were from work release/contract centers. Three (3.4%) of the escapes were Level III escapes, 2 (2.3%) were Level II escapes and 82 (94.3%) were Level I escapes.

Of the 87 completed escapes, 75 (86.2%) were recaptured to date of this report. Seventy-two (82.8%) of the recaptures were recaptured within the quarter in which the escape occurred and 44 (61.1%) of the recaptures were recaptured within 24 hours of the escape.

There were 16 attempted escapes from Florida's correctional facilities. Eight (50.0%) of these attempts occurred at correctional institutions, while 1 (6.2%) occurred at a work camp/road prison and 7 (43.8% ) occurred at work release/contract centers.

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*Beginning in 1999 five regions were collapsed into four due to departmental reorganization.

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