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FL DOC - DeSoto Annex

State Prison

Last Updated: October 01, 2021
Address
13617 SE Hwy 70, Arcadia, FL 34266-7800
Beds
1453
County
DeSoto
Phone
863-494-3727
Fax
863-993-7800
Email
desotoci.wardenoffice@fdc.myflorida.com

DeSoto Annex is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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FL DOC - DeSoto Annex basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 863-494-3727

The inmates housed at DeSoto Annex located at 13617 SE Hwy 70 in Arcadia, FL are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

Contacting an Inmate at the FL DOC - DeSoto Annex

Calling an Inmate

Inmate Phone Procedure

Florida prison inmates are not permitted to receive telephone calls. Inmates may place collect calls to approved numbers

When an inmate enters the Florida prison system, he/she will have an inmate telephone account established with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and be provided with instructions for placing collect calls to family and friends. Inmate phone lists are limited to ten (10) numbers

Inmates are authorized to initiate collect calls to personal landline numbers and personal cell phone numbers. Collect calls to businesses are prohibited. Before an inmate is permitted to place a collect call, she/he must submit the telephone number, name, and address for verification and activation prior to being added to the inmate's approved call list

Call Rates Effective November 23, 2016 Local per minute call rate $.04 Prepaid and collect per minute call rate $0.14
Phone Number Approval

Approved call lists can be changed every 6 months, or sooner under specific circumstances provided in the instructions. Each time this list is submitted, all verification information must be included for any additions/changes, as well as those numbers previously approved, the inmate wishes to retain. If only the additions/changes are submitted on the call list, those numbers previously submitted and approved will be deleted. Every new number an inmate requests to be added to the approved call list must be verified and activated before the inmate is allowed to call. If the inmate is unable to complete a call after the number is approved, they should initiate a request through their Classification Office.

If family and friends are unable to receive calls or have other questions regarding receiving calls from an inmate, they may contact their local phone provider or 800-844-6591 Securus Correctional Billing Services, for assistance.

If there is a family emergency, family members are urged to contact the institution's chaplain. The chaplain will notify the inmate and he/she may be granted a special telephone call

Writing an Inmate

All correspondence addressed to inmates must be sent by U.S. Postal Service mail. Correspondence sent by other courier or delivery services will be refused

Inmates shall not be permitted to receive routine mail in boxes, padded envelopes, plastic bags, multi-layer packaging, envelopes that include metal parts, any package containing bubble wrap or packing peanuts, or card stock type envelopes (i.e. U.S. Mail Priority or U.S. Mail Express cardboard type)

Addressing the Envelope

Always use the inmate’s committed name, DC number, and institutional address when addressing your letters.

Use the Facility Profiles to locate the address for major institutions. Use the printable directory to locate Work and Forestry Camps, Road Prisons, Work Release Centers and Administrative Service Center addresses.

Mail should be written in English or Spanish unless the inmate has prior written approval from the warden to receive correspondence in another language.

All routine mail sent to an inmate is opened, examined, and read by designated department staff.

Inmates are not authorized to access to the Internet.

Inmates Receiving Books, Periodicals (Magazines/Newsletters), or Other Publications

The sending of publications to inmates is addressed in Administrative Rule 33.501.401, “Admissible Reading Material” F.A.C.

If you need more information on Writing an Inmate, see Rule 33 210.101 Florida Administrative Code or e-mail us at: central.classification@fdc.myflorida.com.

Directions

From I-10 take Exit 152 (SR-69 South) approximately 20 miles and enter city limits of Blountstown. Hwy-69 will intersect with Hwy-71. Take Hwy-71 south through the city of Blountstown. Upon departing city limits take 69A to the left. The institution is approximately 2 miles down 69A on the right.

Chaplain
(863) 494-3727

Academic Programs:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Special Education Services
  • Title I Services
  • Mandatory Literacy

Vocational Programs:

  • Welding Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry Brick and Block

Substance Abuse Programs:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Chaplaincy Services:

  • Active T.D. Jakes Satellite
  • Chapel Library Program
  • Kairos Week-ends
  • Prison Fellowship Quarterly
  • Religious Education
  • Worship Services
  • Anger Management/Domestic Violence (Spanish)
  • Anger and Communication
  • Armed Forces Veterans Meeting
  • Audio/Visual/Library Program
  • Biblical Hermeneutics Study Class
  • Buddhist Services
  • Catholic Bible Study
  • Catholic Worship Services (Hispanic/English)
  • Chaplains Sunday Morning Service
  • Commitment to Change
  • Computer Training
  • Domestic Violence
  • Ecclesiastical Latin
  • Elementary Biblical Hebrew
  • Elementary Koine Greek
  • Family Reconciliation Therapy
  • Heart Land of Florida Bible Study
  • Hebrew Israelite Study
  • Hispanic Non-Denominational Bible Study
  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Jehovah Witness (Hispanic/English)
  • Jehovah Witness Bible Study (Hispanic/English)
  • Journaling
  • Jumah Prayer (Muslim)
  • Kairos Reunion
  • Long Distance Dads
  • Mentoring
  • Odinist Service
  • Riverside Ministries (Hispanic)
  • Self-Awareness Group
  • Seventh Day Adventist Services
  • Sex Addiction/Pornography counseling
  • Shabbat (Jewish Services)
  • Silas Ministries (Calvary Chapel St. Pete Florida)
  • Spanish Calvary (Centro Cristiano El Calvario)
  • SYDA Yoga
  • Taleem Studies (Muslim)
  • Toast Masters International (Gavel Club)
  • Transformation Group Study Class (Biblical World Views)
  • TUMI “The Urban Ministries Institute Seminary Program”
  • Victim Awareness
  • Westminster Confession of Faith Class
  • Wiccan Service
  • Winning Side Bible Study
  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

Institutional Betterment Programs:

  • Active and Passive Sports
  • D.I.R.E.C.T.
  • Fresh Start Smoking Cessation
  • Law Library Program
  • Library Program
  • Volunteer Literacy
  • Voluntary Literacy English Language Learners
  • Weight Training
  • Wellness Education

Re-Entry Programs:

  • 100-hour Transition Program
  • Career Scope Assessment
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Re-Entry Dormitory
  • Florida CHOICES Career Planner
  • Career Resource Program
  • Financial Freedom
  • Self-Study Re-Entry Program
  • Re-Entry Seminar

Faith/Character Based Dormitory:

  • 143 Beds

Desoto Annex is located in Arcadia Florida. It is a level V facility that houses approximately 1,450 adult male inmates. The custody levels at this institution are minimum, medium and closed-custody inmates. Educational programs offered at this facility include mandatory literacy for all inmates, adult basic education courses and the ability for inmates to earn their GED. Inmates are encouraged to take part in the academics offered as it may increase their chances of obtaining a job once they are released. Vocational programs offered at this institution include carpentry, masonry, and welding. Inmates can also take computer training courses, victim awareness, journaling, yoga, and a variety of religious studies.

Inmate Locator

FL DOC - DeSoto Annex is a facility in the Florida Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), in conjunction with Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), is closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19. For all media inquiries please email PublicAffairs@fdc.myflorida.com. For all public inquiries please email FDCCitizenServices@fdc.myflorida.com. For details on FDC’s COVID-19 response efforts, click here.

FDC is closely aligned with the CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

FDC is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population in its correctional institutions and within the employee sector that has contact with the inmate or offender population. These numbers are updated frequently on our website. For more information, please visit our FAQ Page. Additional Resources here.

Updated: 12/30/20

Visitation Information

FL DOC - DeSoto Annex - 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

Visitation Application

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