FL Work Releasees Reporting to Work Late Doesn't Amount to Escape
Leon Williams, a prisoner in a state work release center, left the center to walk to work but was 90
minutes late getting there. When he arrived he was arrested and charged with escape under Fla.
Stat. sec. 944.40. That section proscribes a prisoner's escape from confinement from a wide
variety of penal facilities. But Fla. Stat. sec 951.24(2)(a) says that work release prisoners continue
as ... inmate[s] ... except during the period of ... authorized release, such as when the prisoner is at
work. Based on sec. 951.24(2)(a), the trial court dismissed the charge because Williams was not
confined when he showed up late for work.
On appeal, the Court of Appeal of Florida, 2nd District, categorically agreed with the trial court and
affirmed its dismissal of the escape charge. See: State of Florida v. Williams, 923 So.2d 506
(Fla.App. 2 Dist. 2006) (table - unpublished).
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State of Florida v. Williams
|Cite||923 So.2d 506 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 2006)|
|Level||State Court of Appeals|
CASE NO.: 2D06-375
COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA, SECOND DISTRICT
923 So. 2d 506; 2006 Fla. App.
March 1, 2006, Decided
NOTICE: [*1] DECISION WITHOUT PUBLISHED OPINION
PRIOR HISTORY: L.T. No.: 99-1149-F.
JUDGES: KELLY, WALLACE, and LaROSE, JJ., Concur.
OPINION: BY ORDER OF THE COURT:
This petition for writ of mandamus is denied as moot.
KELLY, WALLACE, and LaROSE, JJ., Concur.