The Florida Department of Corrections houses more than 102,000 inmates in its 61 state prisons (including seven privately run facilities). Inmates in Florida may be housed in prisons, annexes, work camps, work release centers or road prisons. Each facility serves a different function and inmates must be specific custody levels to be placed in particular facilities.
Upon entry to prison, inmates are sent to a prison reception center. Inmates usually spend four to six weeks in the reception process before being sent to a more permanent facility. During reception, an inmate's custody level is determined, health care and programming needs are assessed, and inmates learn the rules and regulations of prison life. They are then sent to a major institution or prison.
Major institutions or prisons are similar to small towns in that they have their own academic and vocational schools, places of worship, medical services, maintenance facilities, parks (for visiting family) and often their own water supplies. All mentally and physically able inmates are assigned jobs at major institutions, and inmates are responsible for all the cooking, laundry, cleaning, farming and lawn maintenance at these facilities.
An inmate nearing his or her release date, who is "community custody" and disciplinary- report free, may have the opportunity to be placed in a work release center (WRC). Inmates at WRC's work during the day in their communities and earn a salary, but return to the center at night and any other time they are not working. They are still considered incarcerated. If they fail to follow the rules, they are returned to prison until their release. Part of the money they earn goes to room and board and victim restitution, and they may keep the rest to help them get established upon release.
Print Map full sized on letter paper (landscape) - PDF 3.36MB