FDC-Northwest Florida Reception Center

State Prison

Last Updated: June 15, 2024
4455 Sam Mitchell Dr, Chipley, FL 32428-3597
Mailing Address
PO Box 23608, Tampa, FL 33623

NWFRC is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of FDC-Northwest Florida Reception Center

You can support your loved ones at NWFRC on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 850-773-6100.

Located at 4455 Sam Mitchell Dr in Chipley, FL, NWFRC carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. NWFRC offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on FDC-Northwest Florida Reception Center so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

The NWFRC is a male adult state prison in Florida that accommodates up to 1,303 inmates and offers a diverse range of rehabilitation and personal development programs overseen by the Florida DOC. Satellite Units include the NWFRC Annex and MTC-Panama City CRC, providing management for inmates nearing the completion of their sentences. These programs, endorsed by the FDC, aim to enhance the chances of successful reentry upon completion.

Academic programs such as Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development (GED) are available, alongside vocational programs like the Electrician Certification Program and HVAC Certification Program. Substance abuse programs, including Intensive Outpatient and Prevention, address addiction issues among inmates.

Chaplaincy services, including Celebrate Recovery and Discipleship, cater to spiritual needs, while personal growth programs like Kairos Weekends and Most Excellent Way foster holistic development. Worship services and religious education classes contribute to inmates' spiritual and moral growth.

Institutional betterment programs such as the 100-Hour Transition Program and Anger & Stress Management aim to facilitate personal growth and readiness for reentry. Additionally, initiatives like the Canine Obedience Program (Top Dog) and Peer to Peer program offer unique opportunities for skill development and social interaction.

The availability of library programs, law library programs, and the Voluntary Literacy Program further supports inmates' educational and intellectual development. Overall, NWFRC is committed to providing comprehensive programs that prepare inmates for successful reintegration into society.

Inmate Locator

NWFRC maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

FL DOC - Northwest Florida Reception Center - Visitation

Regular visiting is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time). Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. CST) on both days. Visitors will not be processed after 2:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. CST) unless authorized by the duty warden. Visitors will be allowed to park in designated spaces no earlier than 7:30 a.m. EST and 6:30 a.m. CST on visiting days.
Regular visiting is permitted on the following holidays:
• New Year's Day
• Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday in January)
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Veteran's Day (November 11th)
• Thanksgiving Day
• Friday after Thanksgiving; and
• Christmas Day
If any of the holidays listed above falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed as a holiday. If any of these holidays fall on Sunday, then the following Monday will be observed as the holiday

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