How Many Prisoners Escape From Jail Each Year?

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The exact number of prisoners who escape varies from year to year, and in general, these numbers have been on the decline as time has progressed; for example, in 1993, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that one state had 14,305 escapes,

While prison escapes have decreased over time, this decline is not due to a general decline in prison populations. In fact, as escapes have declined, the total number of incarcerated individuals in the United States has increased dramatically.