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Florida Inmate Records
Florida inmate records describe the collection of official documents detailing personal and administrative information compiled on individuals incarcerated in correctional and detention facilities in Florida. These records are public information per the Florida Sunshine Laws, and interested members of the public may obtain a copy upon request. Persons who obtain these records can expect to find the names, ages, genders, and mugshots of convicted offenders as well as their locations, inmate registration numbers, jail transfer information, and custody statutes.
Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:
- The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
- The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.
Facilities Operated by the Florida Department of Corrections
The Florida 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 reentry 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. There are 67 county jails in the Sunshine state.
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 responsible for the contracts of private prisons. The three corporations contracted by the state government to run private prisons in Florida are GEO Group, CoreCivic, 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.
How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Florida Prisons or Jails?
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 www.JPay.com
- Funds transfer via JPay mobile apps
When sending money from a MoneyGram agent location, you will be required to provide this recipient code: 5188. Funds sent this way are available to inmates within 1 – 3 days. To send a money order, mail along with 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 ten 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 Do I Visit Inmates in Florida Prisons and Jails?
The FDC makes visitation rules and regulations for Florida state and private prisons. Persons who wish to visit an inmate in any of these facilities must be approved and placed on the inmate's visiting list. To request 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 using the prison lookup tool. Alternatively, the intending visitor may submit this form by email to the facility email address. The FDC typically uses the following format for facility email addresses: visitapp(facility)@fdc.myflorida.com. For example, the Apalachee Correctional Institution will have the following email address for visitation form submission: firstname.lastname@example.org, while the corresponding address for South Florida Reception Center email will be email@example.com. Use the following email addresses for Florida private prisons:
- Bay Correctional Facility - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blackwater River Correctional Facility - email@example.com
- Gadsden Correctional Facility - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graceville Correctional Facility - email@example.com
- Lake City Correctional Facility - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Moore Haven Correctional Facility - email@example.com
- South Bay Correctional Facility - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 a holiday while the Monday after holidays occurring on Sunday will be observed as a 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 this information.
How to Perform a Florida Prison Inmate Search
The FDC maintains inmate records of individuals incarcerated in state-run and state-supervised private prisons in Florida. It provides an inmate lookup tool that interested persons may use to perform a free inmate search by name.
Using this search tool, you can find inmates by DC number (a six-character numeric or alphanumeric designation unique to each inmate in correctional facilities overseen by the FDC). Furthermore, to make Florida prison inmate search more specific, the searcher may provide known aliases. In addition to inmate name, the search result will include the inmate's current location, status, release date, and photo.
How to Perform a Florida Jail Inmate Search
Each Florida county jail has an inmate search tool that interested persons may use to perform an inmate search in Florida. Generally, this search tool is hosted on the jail webpage—typically a section of the Sheriff's Office website. The Division of Library and Information Services compiles a database of county jail websites and free resources on how to find out if someone is in jail in Florida.
Most Florida county jails regularly publish inmate rosters while others direct interested searchers to visit in-person for an inmate lookup. When these options are unavailable or inconvenient, interested searchers may call the county jail or the Sheriff's Office directly to find a person in jail.
The Difference between Florida State Prisons and County Jails
Prisoners in Florida are held in either Florida state prisons or county jails. As of 2019, there were 103 state prisons and 4,077 county jails in Florida.
State prisons in Florida are operated by the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). As of June 30, 2019, the FDC was responsible for the incarceration of 95,441 inmates in its facilities. The average daily population of state prisoners in Florida was 96,453 in the fiscal year 2018-2019.
The remaining prisoners in Florida are housed in county jails. County jails are operated by the sheriff's office in each respective county. As of 2019, there were 4,077 county jails across Florida, with an average daily population of 9,788 inmates.
There were 105,229 prisoners incarcerated in Florida state prisons and county jails as of 2019. This is an incarceration rate of 499 per 100,000 residents. Florida's incarceration rate is higher than the national average of 455 per 100,000 residents.
How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?
Concerned persons who wish to find out a current inmate's release date can perform an inmate lookup using the Department of Corrections inmate locator. Besides inmates' personal data and offense summary, the search also provides inmates' expected release date. The inmate locator is also useful to find the release date of formerly incarcerated persons.
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The county jail is an all-male facility and was built in 1985 for $41.6 million with the aim of housing 864 local and state inmates.
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