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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Female Facilities

As of November 15, 1999, the Florida Department of Corrections currently operates for female offenders

  • six major institutions including a youthful offender facility
    (Gadsden Correctional Institution is contractual)
  • seven community correctional centers (two contractual)
  • six co-ed Probation and Restitution Centers
  • one work camp
  • one boot camp

Prior to April 1956, female offenders were located at Florida State Prison (known today as Union Correctional Institution, a male prison), where they were housed individually on unit wings of a cell block. In April 1956, the first female institution designed to house females was opened at Lowell Correctional Institution in Lowell.

LOCATION OF FEMALE FACILITIES IN FLORIDA

INSTITUTIONS

LOCATION

TOTAL CAPACITY

POPULATION 11/15/99

Dade CI-Women

Florida City

553

482

Hernando CI

Brooksville

459

218

Jefferson CI *

Monticello

951

255

Gadsden CI

Quincy

800

786

Lowell CI Main

Lowell

765

789

Jones Boot Camp

Lowell

28

8

Levy Forestry

Bronson

292

285

Broward CI

Pembroke Pines

532

658

COMMUNITY CENTERS

 

Pine Hills CCC

Orlando

40

41

Atlantic CCC

West Palm Beach

40

38

Miami CCC

Pembroke Pines

33

30

Hillsborough CCC

Tampa

52

44

Pinellas CCC

Clearwater

40

44

Shisa House West

Tallahassee

25

16

Shisa House East

Jacksonville

28

28

 

TOTAL

3,726 **

* Jefferson CI for women was phased out December 14, 1999
** Of the 3,726 female inmates, 1 is housed at North Florida Reception Center and 3 are housed at Zephyrhills CI because these institutions have the capacity to handle specialized services for female offenders, i.e. mental illness

 

LOWELL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, WOMEN'S UNIT, a major institution, supervises the operation of Levy Forestry Camp (located 30 miles away) and a boot camp (located separately from the main unit). The Main Unit and CAMP Jones Basic Training Program are located ten miles north of Ocala on SR 25-A. The mailing address is:

    Lowell Correctional Institution, Women's Unit
    POB 147, Lowell, Florida 32663-0147
    Phone: 352-622-5151
    SC 653-1420
    FAX 352-622-5151

OVERVIEW OF LOWELL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
WOMEN'S UNIT
FY 97-98

 

LOWELL WU

LEVY
FORESTRY

BOOT
CAMP

Date Opened

1956

1988

1997

Population Type

Adult, Youthful, and Pregnant Females

Adult Female

Youthful Female - 28

Population Capacity

793

292

28

Security Level

Close

Min/Med

Min/Med

Facility Type

Open Bay/Rms

Open Bay

Ind. Rooms

PRIDE Industries

Garment

   

Academic

144 slots
Adult Basic Ed
GED Prep
Literacy

ABE/GED

28 slots
Adult Basic Ed
GED Prep
Literacy

Vocational

120 slots
Cosmetology
Bus. Admin.
Apparel
Production
Drafting
Power Sewing

 

28 slots
Retailing

Drug Treatment

Tier II 40 slots
Tier II Alt.
20 slots

Tier II - 20

Tier I - 28 slots

Average Daily OFFENDER Cost

$63.52
Includes all units

   

Operational Cost Per Day

$44.80
Includes all units

   

Health Care

$16.63
Includes all units

   

Educational
Services

$2.09
Includes all units

   

 

JEFFERSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION opened in August 1990 was initially occupied by male offenders for the purpose of construction. However, this facility was converted to a female facility in August 1991. This was the result of the overcrowding of Lowell and Broward Correctional Institutions, the loss of our contract of Lantana Correctional Institution, and the myriad of problems of having females on the grounds of a state hospital. In the Fall of 1999, most of the women were transferred to Dade and Hernando Correctional Institutions to better accommodate family visits. Jefferson Correctional Institution was closed for women in December 1999 and became a male facility.

BROWARD CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION opened in 1977 and was originally designed as a 300-bed male institution. Broward became a close custody facility that houses females who need closer supervision and management, including death row offenders.

The institution is located 1 miles north of Hollywood/Pines Boulevard, which is west of Ft. Lauderdale on US 27. The mailing address is:

    Broward Correctional Institution
    P. O. Box 829503
    South Florida, Florida 33082
    Ph. (954) 252-6500
    SC 460-6501
    FAX (954) 680-4168

  DADE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION opened in 1976 and was originally designed as a 300-bed male, minimum custody institution. Shortly after its inception, the institution was changed to handle medium and close custody offenders. In 1998, the institution became a male youthful offender facility. On October 1999, the facility was converted to a female institution, housing all levels of custody to include close management offenders. The institution is located approximately thirty (30) miles south of Miami, in the extreme southern part of Florida adjacent to the Everglades National Park.

    Dade Correctional Institution
    19000 S.W.377 Street
    Florida City, Florida 33-34
    Ph. (305) 242-1700
    SC 778-1700
    FAX (305) 242-1881

GADSDEN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, a private facility owned by United States Corrections Corporation, was built to accommodate the need for beds for male offenders, but opened in March 1995 as a female institution. It was refitted to accommodate the needs of female offenders.

The institution is located approximately 3 miles west of Quincy off Highway 90 on County Road 12. The mailing address is:

    Gadsden Correctional Institution
    P. O. Box 390
    Quincy, Florida 32353-0390
    Ph. (850) 875-9701
    FAX 850 875-9710

HERNANDO CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION opened in 1952 as a road prison for males. In 1992, it expanded and became a drug treatment/work camp. On October 1, 1996, the facility became a major institution and was renamed Hernando Correctional Institution housing 459 male inmates. On August 1, 1999, the facility was converted to a youthful female institution (the first youthful female institution in the state).

The institution is located on the West Coast of Florida, 10 miles south of Brooksville and 40 miles north of Tampa. The mail address is:

    Hernando Correctional Institution
    16415 Spring Hill Drive
    Brooksville, Florida 34609-8167
    Phone: (352) 754-6715
    SunCom: 663-6715
    FAX: (352) 544-2307
    SunCom: 663-2307

 

OVERVIEW OF BROWARD, DADE, GADSEN, & HERNANDO
FEMALE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - 1999

 

BROWARD

DADE

GADSDEN

HERNANDO

Date Opened

1977

1999

1995

1999

Population Type

Adult Female

Adult Female

Adult Female

Youthful & Adult Female

Population Capacity

532

553

800

459

Security Level

Min./Medium
Close/Maximum

Minimum
Medium/Close

Minimum
Medium

Minimum
Medium

Facility Type

Open Bay
Two person cells

Open Bay
Two person cells

Open Bay Dorms
Double Cells

Open Bay

PRIDE/PIE Industries

Optical

 

None

None

Academic

72 slots
Adult Basic Ed
GED Prep
Literacy

Mandatory
Literacy
Adult Basic Ed.
General Ed. Dev.

Adult Basic Ed.
General Ed. Dev.
Mandatory Literacy

Literacy
GED Prep
80 slots

Vocational

PC Support Svc.
Apparel Design
Commercial Arts

Culinary Arts
Comp.Electronic
Technologys
Autotronics
JSEP

DCT

Carpentry
Horticulture
Nail Technology
Bookkeeping
Data Entry

Digital Publishing

Drug Treatment

Tier II 40 slots
Tier V 20 slots
Co-occurring disorders 49 slots

Tier IV 45 slots

Tier I 40 slots
Tier II 42 slots
Tier IV 160 slots

Tier III
66 slots

Average Daily
Offender Cost

$50.46

 

$48.38

 
Operational
Cost Per Day

$34.62

 

Unknown

 
Health Care

$14.54

 

Unknown

 

Educational Services

$1.30

 

Unknown

 
Source: Bureau of Research and Data Analysis and facilities