October 15, 2018
Contact: FDC Communications
Update! FDC Announces Post Hurricane Evacuations
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has announced evacuations of inmates following structural damage to facilities caused by Hurricane Michael. Below find updated numbers and additional facility.
The following facilities have been evacuated:
- Bay Correctional Facility*; 959
- Gulf Correctional Institution and Annex; 2,618 inmates
- Portion of Calhoun Correctional Institution; 595 inmates
Gulf Correctional Institution and Annex, Gulf Forestry Camp (evacuated prior to the storm) and Panama City Work Release Center (evacuated prior to the storm) are closed until further damage assessment can be completed.
The evacuated facilities sustained significant damage to roofs and security infrastructure. Staff and inmates at these facilities were not injured during the storm. All inmates were secure and had access to food and drinking water through the duration of the storm.
Evacuations took place as soon as the roads leading to the facilities were passable and safe for inmate transport.
All inmate locations will be updated on http://www.dc.state.fl.us within 24-hrs.
For information on Hurricane Michael Preparations and Post-Storm Deployment of Resources: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/press/2018/10-12-Michael.html.
*Bay Correctional Facility is privately operated by Geo Group. For more information on this specific facility contact: Nina.Ashley@dms.myflorida.com.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 145,000 offenders in the community.