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Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC)

State Prison Administration

Last Updated: September 07, 2020
501 South Calhoun St, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
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Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 850-488-5021

About the Florida Department of Corrections:

The Florida Department of Corrections (DC) is the third largest state prison system in the country with a budget of $2.1 billion, just over 100,000 inmates incarcerated and another 115,000 offenders on active community supervision.

The DC has 142 facilities statewide, including 48 major institutions, 16 annexes, seven private facilities (contracts for the private facilities are overseen by the Florida Department of Management Services), 32 work camps, four road prisons, two forestry camps, one boot camp, 20 DOC operated work release centers along with 12 more work release centers operated by various private vendors (DOC oversees these contracts). About two thirds of its staff of more than 22,000 employees are either certified correctional officers or probation officers. The average DC employee is 42 years old and has been with the agency for almost ten years. There were no prison escapes from a major prison last fiscal year.

Prisons are generally managed by state government, but Florida does have seven privately run prisons.Florida’s jails, generally, are run by individual counties. The main difference between jails and prisons is that jail inmates may be awaiting sentencing, and prison inmates have already been convicted and sentenced. Also, jail inmates usually are sentenced to a year or less, and for a lower level crime such as a misdemeanor, whereas prison inmates usually have sentences of more than a year for more serious felony offenses.

The mission of the Florida DC is to protect the public safety, to ensure the safety of Department personnel, and to provide proper care and supervision of all offenders under our jurisdiction while assisting, as appropriate, their reentry into society. To that end, the DC provides dozens of academic, vocational and substance abuse programs to inmates and offenders, including in such areas as GED, adult basic education and mandatory literacy; printing and graphics, carpentry and digital design; and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

In Fiscal Year 2012-13, about 33,295 inmates were admitted into prisons and another 33,137 were released; while 88,819 offenders were placed on community supervision and another 88,940 were released from supervision. Given the fact that most of those who serve time in prison and on supervision will eventually be free, the DC is focusing on equipping its inmates and offenders with the tools they will need to become productive citizens.

Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) Facility:
FL DOC - Apalachee Correctional Institution East (Male)
FL DOC - Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit
FL DOC - Arcadia Road Prison
FL DOC - Atlantic Community Release Center (Female)
FL DOC - Avon Park Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Baker Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Baker Work CampFL DOC - Berrydale Forestry Camp
FL DOC - Big Pine Key Road Prison
FL DOC - Bradenton Bridge (Female)
FL DOC - Brevard Work Camp
FL DOC - Bridges of Lake City
FL DOC - Bridges of Pompano
FL DOC - Bridges of Santa Fe
FL DOC - Calhoun Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Calhoun Work Camp
FL DOC - Central Florida Reception CenterFL DOC - Century Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Century Work Camp
FL DOC - Charlotte Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Columbia Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Columbia Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - Cross City Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Cross City Work Camp
FL DOC - Dade Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Daytona Beach Community Release Center
FL DOC - DeSoto Annex
FL DOC - DeSoto Work Camp
FL DOC - Everglades Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Florida State Prison - Raiford
FL DOC - Florida State Prison West Unit
FL DOC - Franklin Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Franklin Work Camp
FL DOC - Ft. Myers Work Camp

FL DOC - Gadsden Correctional Facility - Women - MTC
FL DOC - Gadsden Re-Entry Center
FL DOC - Gainesville Correctional Institution - CLOSED
FL DOC - Gainesville Work Camp
FL DOC - Graceville Work Camp
FL DOC - Gulf Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Gulf Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - Gulf Forestry Camp

FL DOC - Hamilton Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - Hardee Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Hardee Work Camp
FL DOC - Hernando Correctional Institution - WomenFL DOC - Hollywood Community Release Center (Female)
FL DOC - Holmes Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Holmes Work Camp
FL DOC - Homestead Correctional Institution - Women
FL DOC - Jackson Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Jackson Work Camp
FL DOC - Jefferson Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Kissimmee Community Release Center
FL DOC - Lake Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Lancaster Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Lancaster Work Camp
FL DOC - Largo Road Prison
FL DOC - Lawtey Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Liberty Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Liberty Work Camp - South Unit
FL DOC - Lowell Correctional Institution - Women
FL DOC - Lowell Correctional Institution Annex - Women
FL DOC - Lowell Work Camp (Women)
FL DOC - Loxahatchee Road Prison
FL DOC - Madison Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Madison Work Camp
FL DOC - Marion Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Marion Work Camp
FL DOC - Martin Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Martin Work Camp
FL DOC - Mayo Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Mayo Correctional Institution Annex & Work Camp
FL DOC - Miami North Community Release Center
FL DOC - Northwest Florida Reception Center
FL DOC - Northwest Florida Reception Center Annex
FL DOC - Okaloosa Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Okaloosa Work Camp
FL DOC - Okeechobee Correctional Institution

FL DOC - Orlando Bridge
FL DOC - Orlando Community Release Center
FL DOC - Panama City Community Release Center
FL DOC - Pensacola Community Release Center
FL DOC - Pinellas Community Release Center (Female)
FL DOC - Polk Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Polk Work Camp
FL DOC - Putnam Correctional InstitutionFL DOC - Quincy Annex Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Re-Entry Center of Ocala
FL DOC - Reception and Medical Center (RMC)

FL DOC - Reception and Medical Center (RMC) Work Camp
FL DOC - Reception and Medical Center West Unit

FL DOC - Sago Palm Re-Entry Center.
FL DOC - Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Santa Rosa Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - SHISA House - East (Female)
FL DOC - SHISA House - West (Female)
FL DOC - South Florida Reception Center
FL DOC - South Florida Reception Center (SFRC), South Unit

FL DOC - Sumter Basic Training Unit
FL DOC - Sumter Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Sumter Work Camp
FL DOC - Suncoast Community Release Center
FL DOC - Suwannee Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Suwannee Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - Suwannee Work Camp
FL DOC - Tallahassee Community Release Center
FL DOC - Tampa Community Release Center
FL DOC - Taylor Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Taylor Correctional Institution Annex
FL DOC - Taylor Work Camp
FL DOC - Tomoka Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Tomoka CRC - 285
FL DOC - Tomoka CRC - 298
FL DOC - Tomoka Work Camp
FL DOC - TTH of Bartow
FL DOC - TTH of Dinsmore
FL DOC - TTH of Kissimmee
FL DOC - TTH of Tarpon Springs
FL DOC - Union Correctional Institution (Raiford Prison)
FL DOC - Wakulla Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Wakulla Correctional Institution Annex FL
FL DOC - Wakulla Work Camp
FL DOC - Walton Correctional Institution
FL DOC - Walton Work Camp
FL DOC - West Palm Beach Community Release Center
FL DOC - Zephyrhills Correctional Institution

Inmate Locator

Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Florida. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

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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Visitation Information

Visiting hours for Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC). For Directions call 850-488-5021

Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.

If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Facility Type

This facility is a state prison administrative office, not a housing unit for inmates. The FL DOC or Department of Corrections is an agency responsible for overseeing inmates within their jurisdiction. The goal of the Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) is to provide fair correctional practices and manage the individual facilities that inmates are housed at. The FL DOC provides services to support the officers working in FL prisons. The services provided by the DOC can include creating policies, conducting audits, budgeting, and managing staff. To find an inmate in the FL Department of Correction use the Inmate Search or select from the list of FL prisons below.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Florida

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Florida Department of Corrections (FL DOC) at 501 South Calhoun St, Tallahassee, FL

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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