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Florida Inmate Records

Florida inmate records describe the collection of official documents detailing personal and administrative information of individuals incarcerated in correctional and detention facilities in Florida. These records contain the names, ages, genders, and mugshots of convicted offenders as well as their locations, inmate registration numbers, jail transfer information, and custody statuses. Some of these records are publicly available while others are only released when requested by specific parties or ordered by a court.

Structure of the Florida Prison System

The sFlorida Department of Corrections (FDC) oversees the operations of all state and private detention facilities in the state. It manages 143 facilities including 50 major correctional institutions, 34 work centers, seven private prisons, two road prisons, three re-entry centers, one forestry camp, and one basic training camp. The FDC also runs 12 work release centers and oversees another 16 privately operated work release centers.

In addition to its Tallahassee Central Office, the FDC has four Regional Offices. Each of these Regional Offices handles state-run and private prisons located in its geographical zone.

The FDC refers to state-run prisons as Correctional Institutions. Only the Florida State Prison located in Bradford County has the word “prison” in its name. Privately operated prisons are referred to as Correctional Facilities. While the FDC oversees the contracts of private work release centers, the Florida Department of Management Services is in responsible for the contracts of private prisons. The three corporations contracted by the state government to run private prisons in Florida are GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America, and Management and Training Corporation.

In Florida, both state and private prisons hold individuals with sentences longer than a year. Inmates with shorter sentences are held in county jails. There are 67 county jails in the state. The Division of Library and Information Services of the Florida Department of State provides a directory of Florida County Jails on its website.

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Florida

The only way to send money to an inmate in a Florida state prison is via JPay. This is the only inmate funds processor approved by the FDC. JPay offers five ways for friends and family members to send money to inmates. These are:

  • Cash deposit at MoneyGram agent locations
  • Money order sent to JPay’s postal address
  • Debit/credit card deposit over the phone
  • Debit/credit card deposit online at
  • Funds transfer via JPay mobile apps

When sending money from a MoneyGram agent location, you will be required to provide this receive code: 5188. Funds sent this way are available to inmates within 1 – 3 days. To send a money order, mail along a JPay deposit slip (in Spanish) and make the money order payable to JPay. Send the money order and deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026

There is a 50-cent processing fee charged on each money order deposited. Funds deposited by money order are available to inmates within 10 business days. Sending money online, by phone, and via JPay mobile apps are quicker. To deposit money by phone, call (800) 574-5729. This toll-free line is available 24/7. If you opt to use JPay mobile apps, you can download them for iPhones and Android phones.

Private prisons in Florida do not use JPay to handle inmate funds. To send money to inmates in these facilities, contact them for deposit information.

Similarly, Florida county jails have different policies for inmate funds and commissary accounts. Most of them allow friends and family to make cash and credit card deposits at payment kiosks placed in their lobbies. Other commonly used methods include debit/credit card deposits online and by phone. For specific information, visit the jail information section of the county website.

How to Visit Inmates in Florida Prisons and Jails

The FDC makes visitation rules and regulations for Florida state and private prisons. To visit an inmate in any of these facilities, you must be approved and placed on the inmate’s visiting list. To request for visitation approval, submit a completed and signed visitation application form. All prospective visitors aged 12 and older must complete this form. Only one person can use a form.

Mail the completed form to the Classification Department of the inmate’s current location. You can find the address for this prison in the Facility Directory. Alternatively, you can submit this form by email. Send it to the facility email address of the inmate’s current location. The FDC uses the following format for facility email addresses: visitapp(facility) For example, the Apalachee Correctional Institution will have the following email address for visitation form submission: while the corresponding address for South Florida Reception Center email will be Use the following email addresses for Florida private prisons:

  • Bay Correctional Facility -
  • Blackwater River Correctional Facility -
  • Gadsden Correctional Facility -
  • Graceville Correctional Facility -
  • Lake City Correctional Facility -
  • Moore Haven Correctional Facility -
  • South Bay Correctional Facility -

It takes 30 days for state and private correctional facilities to process visitation requests. Inmates are notified about final decisions and they can then notify applicant visitors.

For FDC rules about what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect during visitations, check the Visitor Information page of its website. You can visit inmates in a Florida prison during 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
  • Christmas Day

For holidays that fall on Saturday, Florida prisons observe the preceding Friday as holiday while the Monday after holidays occurring on Sunday will be observed as holiday.

Visitation times, rules, and regulations for Florida county jails vary from one facility to another. Visit the jail section of the county website to look up these information.

How to Find Inmates in Florida State Prisons

The FDC maintains inmate records of individuals incarcerated in state-run and state-supervised private prisons in Florida. It provides a handy inmate locator tool on its website to help members of the public find inmates in these facilities. To locate a Florida state prison inmate, visit the search page of the Corrections Offender Network.

Using this search tool, you can find inmates by first/last name or DC number (a six-character numeric or alphanumeric designation unique to each inmate in correctional facilities overseen by the FDC). To make searches more specific, you can also search the database by aliases. In addition to inmate name, the search result will include inmate’s current location, status, release date, and photo.

How to Locate Inmates in Florida County Jails

Each Florida county jail has an inmate search tool usually hosted on the county website. To find this inmate locator search, visit the jail section of the county website. The Division of Library and Information Services of the Florida Department of State also provides direct links to inmate search tools for some Florida County Jails.

Some Florida counties publish regularly updated rosters of inmates in their jails while others allow the public to search for these records on VINELink. When these options are not available, call the county jail or the Sheriff’s Office directly to enquire about the location and/or status of an inmate.

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Broward County Jail

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