A prison break by two killers in upstate New York, followed by a weeks-long man hut, is dominating headlines. But statistics suggest Floridians shouldn’t be losing sleep.
The Florida Department of Corrections reports escapes fell by nearly half in the past year -- from 172 to 93. Department spokesman McKinley Lewis credits secure facilities and alert guards.
“I can’t emphasize enough just how great a job our officers do each and every day. They certainly don’t have an easy job. But the work that they do is critical to the safety and security of our communities.”
Ninety three escapes may sound like a lot, even for a prison system that can house 100,000 inmates on a given day. But 88 of the 93 escapes were labeled “Level 1,” meaning they were from non-secure community correctional centers or outside work squads.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.